9 Jun 2010

Man who abducted grandson loses appeal bid

7:59 pm on 9 June 2010

The Supreme Court has refused to hear an appeal by a man convicted of abducting his grandson in Hamilton in 2006.

The six-year-old boy was kept in hiding for five months during a custody dispute.

His mother, Kay Skelton, and his maternal grandfather, Dick Headley, were both convicted of abduction. They both appealed unsuccessfully to the Court of Appeal against their convictions.

Headley then asked the Supreme Court to overturn the conviction, claiming he hadn't had a fair trial, but it has ruled that the Court of Appeal's decision was impeccable and that an appeal to the Supreme Court has no prospect of succeeding.

The court says that there was no miscarriage of justice and nothing put forward to suggest Headley had any realistic defence.