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February 02, 2005

Jailed father fights for access to children

A former accountant and convicted murderer, Stuart James McDonald (45), is asking the Durban High Court to order his teenage sons to visit him in jail so that they can ‘bond’ with him. He also wants them to be placed in temporary foster care – away from the ‘negative influences’ of their mother and stepfather. McDonald, who is serving 10 years for the murder of his ex-wife’s former boyfriend and the shooting of her brother-in-law, has been waging a battle for better access to his children, reports The Mercury. While in prison he successfully campaigned for a law which made it a criminal offence for the custodial parent to deny the other parent access to the children. But in his latest appeal, against a Durban Children's Court ruling that the children could be adopted by their mother's new husband, the Durban High Court found that it had no jurisdiction and referred the matter to the Pietermaritzburg Family Court. In his court papers, McDonald claimed that he had opened 133 charges against the children's mother. He also demanded that the boys have access to his family and that he be given access to their school reports.
Full report in The Mercury


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