Ken Spooner, the dad whose two children were abducted by their mother five years ago, may be reunited with them by Sunday after winning a lengthy custody battle.
Ken’s two sons, Devlan and Caelan, were taken on holiday to Zambia by mother, Zanetta Nyendwa, in October 2008, but they didn’t return. The boys were aged two and three at the time.
Ken, of Great Linford, was granted custody of the children back in 2010 and after travelling to Zambia to enforce the court order, was stopped at the airport on the way home where the children were taken again.
Soon after the Citizen launched its Justice 4 Ken campaign to help him appeal for the return of the children with MP for Milton Keynes North, Mark Lancaster raising the issue in Parliament.
Thousands of readers helped by signing a petition and sending in letters of support but lengthy court battles and hundreds of thousands of pounds later Ken was no closer to getting the boys home.
Ken was granted sole custody of the boys in 2012 by the Zambian Supreme Court and an appeal by Zanetta was turned down yesterday meaning the boys will hopefully be reunited with their father inu just three days.
He will be awarded emergency passports for the boys so they can return to the UK with him.
Speaking of his delight at the decision, Ken said: “I am very, very pleased. I am over the moon, but it doesn’t feel real yet. When I touch down it will hit home and I can enjoy being a father again. I have missed out being a father over the last five years and my mother has missed being a grandmother.
“My children are my life and this has been a struggle but it has made history and will really set a precedent, it’s a massive success for the cause.
“The Zambian judiciary should be proud of itself, they’ve made the right decision.
Looking ahead Ken is now hoping that the boys can enjoy a relationship with both parents , even if it means continuing to travel with them between the UK and Zambia.
He said: “Now at least the children can have an equal relationship with me and their mother and if she moves back to the UK then she can share that. If not I will travel to her so they can maintain the relationship they have with her.”