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Woman says lover fleeing with baby

BUSIA
By | March 9th 2011

By JUDY OGUTU

A woman has sued her Finnish husband for allegedly taking off with their baby.

Ms Medhanit Minassie Okbagabir has filed a case at the Children’s Court in Nairobi seeking to have Mr Rainer Nordberg compelled to hand over the two-year-old to her, pending hearing and determination of the suit.

Through her advocate, Benson Mbuthia, she claims the man with whom she was cohabiting since April 11, 2005, has absconded from home where they were living with the baby.

In the documents filed in court, she claims the man is planning to leave the country with the baby.

"The plaintiff has on several occasions caught the defendant (Nordberg) in compromising positions with the minor, and it is in the interest of justice that the defendant be prevented from leaving the country with a minor of tender age," it was claimed in the suit papers.

It is alleged in the suit papers that on November 24, last year, the respondent, after informing people that he was going shopping with the baby, left the woman at their home.

"He refused to return to his home where he was living with the applicant as man and wife and the plaintiff fears the defendant may leave the jurisdiction of this court with the minor as to avoid court process," she said.

The mother claims that when the defendant and the minor failed to return home, she became worried and frantically started looking for them.

Support and maintenance

She claims she is unemployed and depending on the goodwill of family and friends and the minor’s father is capable of providing child support and maintenance to both of them.

According to the documents filed in court, Nordberg is alleged to have on November 30, last year, sent e-mail to their landlord informing her he would be moving abroad for a new mission.

On December 1, he allegedly wrote another e-mail informing the landlord he had shelved plans to leave the country until January 31.

Two months ago, Senior Resident Magistrate, Ms CA Ocharo, ordered the Immigration Department to assist in ensuring Nordberg does not leave the court’s jurisdiction.

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