03 February 2006

Appeal Date Given As Cara Gunn Battles To Get Her Son Back

Derry Journal

Friday 3rd February 2006

Image Hosted by ImageShack.usCara Gunn, the Derry mum at the centre of a tug of love custody battle over her seven year old son Dylan, has been given a date for a appeal hearing on an earlier court decision to grant custody to the child's American father. Ms Gunn, who was forced to return to Florida with her daughter Laura in September 2003 in order to continue her custody battle, lost her case in December of that year, but has now been thrown a lifeline as her appeal date, to be heard by three judges, has been set for February 28.

Speaking to the 'Journal' last night Cara's mother Dolores Moore said her daughter, like herself, was 'afraid to get her hopes up'. "Cara has her up and down days but she is determined to return to Derry together with Dylan and Laura" she said. "I miss them all so much, it's really hard, especially missing out on Dylan growing up." Dolores added that while Cara's legal team have told her to be hopeful of a ruling in her favour, both women fear the worst. "Even if this hearing doesn't produce the result we are all hoping for we will continue to fight to bring Dylan home to Derry" she said. "It's heartbreaking talking to him on the phone, he keeps telling me he's coming over for a holiday. "I just wish it was all sorted out." The appeal hearing, which will examine evidence presented in the original case aimed at making sure statute was followed and that Dylan's best interests were at heart, will take place at Daytona Beach, Florida, at 10.00am US time on February 28.

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