NICOLAS ASFOURI

Baby Gammy's twin to stay with Australian family

A judge in Western Australia's Family Court has ruled that the twin sister of baby Gammy should stay with her biological father in Bunbury, despite the fact he is a convicted child sex offender.

The mother, Pattaroamoun Chanuba, had take legal action to have the child, Pipah, returned to her in Thailand.

 

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However, in judgment released today, the Chief Judge Stephen Thackray said he believed it was safer for the child to stay in Australia. 

READ THE FULL JUDGMENT HERE

"While it is a matter of grave concern to leave any child in the home of a convicted sex offender, I have accepted the expert evidence that while there is a low risk of harm if Pipah stays in that home, there is a high risk of harm if she were removed," Justice Thackray wrote.

"I have also taken into account the measures that can be put in place to ensure Pipah is kept safe.

"It must be stressed that there were only two options. I have chosen the one least unsatisfactory for Pipah, whose best interests are the paramount consideration."


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