Father in court over violation of court order

2011-09-28 00:00

A 45-YEAR-OLD father made a brief appearance at the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court charged with violating a court order.

Micheal Fairfield from Thornville was arrested after failing to return his daughter to the Salvation Army Joseph Baynes Children’s Home on August 26. Fairfield and his wife were traced to Cape Town.

Michaela Kennedy van Dam was reported as missing after her father did not return her to the home after a home visit.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant Joey Jeevan said last Friday, local police travelled to Hermanus in the Western Cape where they arrested the father.

According to the police the child was placed in a safe house in 2009 after a court order of abuse and neglect was issued. The parents were allowed to see her at weekends for visits home.

Jeevan confirmed that the child has returned to the home.

Fairfield will be back in court in November 1 as investigation continues.

mlondi.radebe@witness.co.za

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