Kenyan woman embroiled in child custody with British national

A Kenyan woman is embroiled in a transnational guardianship case with her former boyfriend, a British National and a former police detective attached to the Scotland Yard.

The British national, identified as Kevin Barry Hurley, is said to have met Helen Maria Imokor while on a visit to Kenya in 2016.

Kevin Barry had travelled to Kenya as a tourist and met Helen in Diani tourist resort town in the south coast, Kwale County. The relationship blossomed and then had a baby boy in 2017.

The court battle and legal proceedings began in 2019 after Hellen moved to the Mombasa high court and filed a case seeking child upkeep for their son from her alleged lover Kevin.

In a new turn of events, Kevin filed a lawsuit seeking for the custodial ownership of the child claiming to have been denied access to his son.

Helen through her Counsel Geoffrey Were, was forced to seek intervention for a court injunction restricting Kevin from taking over the custody of the three-year-old. High Court Judge John Nyabuto allowed Helen to stay with their son and only granted Kevin Barry day time care of their three-year-old son through virtual chambers.

Barry was granted child access only for daytime till Mid-December when he is supposed to jet back in his country which was supposed to be supervised by a children officer attached to Tonoka children’s court or magistrate of the same children court. “The child’s pick-up point will be at the Tononoka children’s court in Mvita constituency,” the judge directed.

Justice Onyiego directed the children’s officer in charge of the sub county to supervise the handing over between Barry and his former lover.

Justice Onyiego directed Barry’s former lover Helen Maria Imokor to ensure she drops and hands over the child at 8 am at the lower court as directed by the high court in Mombasa every morning and picks up her son at the same court at 6 pm daily.


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