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The Irish writer who lived next door to the family of Ashya King

Diarmaid Mac Dermott

Published 01/09/2014 | 02:30

A picture posted on Facebook showed Ashya with his mother Naghemeh King
A picture posted on Facebook showed Ashya with his mother Naghemeh King
Bret King with his son Ashya
Diarmaid Mac Dermott
Ashya King

It is hard not to have sympathy for Brett and Naghmeh King - who took their five-year-old son, Ashya, from hospital without doctors' consent.

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Brett and Naghmeh King are now in police custody and the little boy, who has a brain tumour, is being cared for in a Spanish hospital pending his return to Southampton General Hospital, from where his parents took him last Thursday. Interpol issued a red alert for the missing boy and a European Arrest Warrant was issued for the parents, who were accompanied by their six other children.

I was a neighbour of the Kings, who for more than 10 years have lived in an apartment at Casares del Mar, a beachfront development outside Estepona on the Costa del Sol.

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