Swedish woman who hid child in Thailand sentenced to prison
A Swedish woman who was arrested by Thai police in January has been sentenced to one year and three months in prison in Sweden for hiding her child in Thailand for over a year. The woman lost her custody battle with the child’s father but disappeared with the child in December 2019 before the court’s decision was enforced.
The woman was arrested in Thailand in January this year after overstaying her visa and was deported back to Sweden. The woman was arrested upon arrival and has now been sentenced to one year and three months in prison for hiding the child in Thailand and for benefit violations. The woman must pay a total of SEK 80,000 (over 280,000 baht) in damages, 45,000 to the child and 25,000 to the child’s father.
During her trial, she said “I had to protect my child.” The child, who is of preschool age, has been reunited with his Father who has sole custody of the child.
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