Source: UTV News
A Co Tyrone mother whose child is trapped in an in international custody battle has told UTV she fears she will never see her son again.
Tracey McCay’s six-year-old son Sean was taken to Singapore last week by his father David.
The couple split acrimoniously while holidaying in Indonesia, but when Tracey returned to Singapore she realised the terms under which she had entered the country meant she had little or no parental rights.
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“I was in a foreign country. I had no friends, no family. I was really scared and I just felt I should have done my research,” she said.
“What people don’t realise is that obviously although you’re residents of a foreign country you’re not entitled to the same laws as what you’re used to back home.”
After a month battling her former partner, Tracey saw her son and she said her little boy was “confused and excited” at the same time.
“Once he saw me he just went ‘Mummy!’. He was just so excited to see me and I was so excited to see him and I just had to hold back tears,” she explained, “but it was just really nice and we just cuddled and kissed and just stuff like that, and he said ‘Mummy, I really miss you and where have you been?'”
“I’ve never been away from him for that long. I’ve always been with him and then Sean left and not knowing when I would see him again.”
Tracey began custody proceedings in Northern Ireland when she returned home and although Sean was in the region for Christmas he was taken away again by two police officers on Christmas Eve after the Lord Chief Justice ruled against Tracey because of the ongoing legal issues in Singapore.
She said it “broke [her] heart” when she had to give him back before Christmas Day.
“We kissed and we cuddled. It was just really, really nice. But when the police came I had to make it nice for Sean. I didn’t want him to be scared and when he was getting into the police car I was just saying goodbye to him and cuddling him.”
Although Sean has been taken back to Singapore by his father, Tracey said she will fight on for her rights as a mother.
“I have to go back to Singapore and fight in Singapore. And then I’ve been told by my lawyer in Singapore that I have to fight over here. So I’m left with no options at all where to fight.”
She told UTV her greatest fear is “that I’ll never see Sean again”.
The solicitor acting for Sean’s father, David McCay, issued a statement which reads:
“The Lord Chief Justice of Northern Ireland returned the child to our client’s care and custody on Christmas Eve.
“As arranged our client and the child returned to Singapore on the 28th December. As the parents and child reside in Singapore, all issues we understand are being dealt with there.
“Our client strongly refutes any suggestion he has acted improperly.”
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