Friday, 20 March 2015

The Evil Power of Britain's Secret Courts - Woman Gaoled for Helping Her Father

In a free country there should be no secret courts and nobody should be kept in a so-called "care-home" against their will.

Wanda Maddocks and her father John

Wanda Maddocks was gaoled by a SECRET COURT for rescuing her own father from a council care home where he was unhappy and neglected. 
John Maddocks, 80, had always said to his family ‘Don’t you ever put me in a care home’ and Wanda never forgot those words.
But in 2009 when he was suffering from dementia caused by Alzheimer's Disease, he was put into a local council care home in Stoke-on-Trent. He got depressed in there and told his three sons who lived nearby, and Wanda, who ran a property firm in Turkey, that he was being ignored and neglected. So in December 2010 Wanda and her brothers Ivan, 55, Wayne, 54, and Eden, 49, took him out of the council home and put him on a plane to Turkey so that she could look after him.
To their amazement, when they returned to the UK to sort out his finances, the local council forced him to return to the home. When Wanda Maddocks challenged the authority in 2012, she was the first person in Britain to be secretly jailed by the Court of Protection.

She served six weeks of a five-month sentence, locked up with killers and drug dealers in HMP Foston Hall, Derbyshire. Mr Maddocks died in hospital in January 2013.

Even though her father is now dead, she is still facing criminal charges. THIS IS TYRANNY.

North Staffordshire coroner’s court in Stoke-on-Trent heard Mr Maddocks was taken to Stadium Court care home in Stoke after he collapsed at home while his daughter was living in Turkey.
The former property developer and grandfather was then moved to two other homes in quick succession. Wanda, 52, of Hanley, Stoke-on- Trent, told the inquest: “My dad always said to me, ‘Don’t you ever put me in a care home’ and I never forgot those words.
There was a fair amount of disagreement between myself, social services and the city council. “I thought it was better for him to be in the sunshine in Turkey rather than in a care home. “They said he was too aggressive to be in the community and he had put his fist up.” So why was he forced to be there?
The battle over her father’s care started back in 2009 when the one-time painter and decorator was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Wanda was running a property business in Turkey and her brothers Ivan, 55, Wayne, 54, and Eden, 49, lived nearby and saw him regularly.
The disagreements started over the care her father was given at home and later in care. He was “depressed”, she said, and she became convinced his needs were not being met. 
It was then his children began to hatch a plot. On Boxing Day 2010 they sneaked him out of the home and within hours he was on a plane to southern Turkey.
Wanda said: “Two of my brothers got him out through the fire doors and they passed him to me and I took him to Turkey. “It was the great escape.”
But when they flew back to Britain in February 2011 Mr Maddocks was taken into Abbots House care home on the order of the Court of Protection which ruled that his dementia left him so vulnerable the council had a duty of care over him.
Stoke-on-Trent social services then made the pensioner subject to a Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards order and took the family to court to take over his affairs.
The businesswoman became the first person to be jailed by the “secret court” which settles the affairs of those deemed too ill to make their own decisions.
She was imprisoned for contempt of court for repeatedly breaking orders not to interfere with her father’s life at his care home.
During her ordeal she was subjected to a gruelling secret legal battle, at the end of which she was put into a prison van and forbidden from speaking to a solicitor.
Wanda claimed her only crime was an act of compassion towards the father she loved.
But staff told the inquest that Mr Maddocks was being cared for "in the right place at the time". Care worker Amanda Cain said: “We were able to meet Mr Maddocks’s needs. At times he was aggressive but that could be very short-lived.”
The inquest continues.

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