'Completely ridiculous' - Judge to wealthy man seeking to have bodyguard jailed for alleged affair with his ex-wife
Published 08/10/2015 | 19:27
A wealthy Russian has abandoned a bid to get a bodyguard he thought was having an affair with his ex-wife jailed.
The woman had been ordered by a family court judge not to allow the bodyguard to have contact with the two children she had by her ex-husband.
Her ex-husband then complained that the bodyguard had "aided and abetted" her in breaking the order.
He said the bodyguard was in contempt of court and should be committed to prison.
But he has withdrawn the application after a High Court judge described the "whole thing" as "completely ridiculous".
Mr Justice Holman told a barrister representing the man that he was "wasting his time".
Detail emerged today at a hearing in the Family Division of the High Court in London.
Mr Justice Holman analysed the case at a public hearing but said nothing could be published which would identify the children - including the identities of their parents.
The judge heard submissions from lawyers representing the man and the bodyguard.
Neither the man nor his ex-wife were in court - but the man was at the hearing.
Barristers Charles Howard QC and David Sherborne represented the man.
Mr Howard said the man and his ex-wife had agreed that the children needed protecting and said whenever the woman took the children out they were followed by security staff. He said security arrangements were "extremely expensive".
He indicated that the bodyguard's employment as a "close protection officer" to the children had been ended - a move which had been "resisted" by the man's ex-wife.
Mr Howard told Mr Justice Holman: "The father said I cannot tolerate having this company there any more because the mother and (the bodyguard) are having an affair."
He also indicated that family court litigation had started and said a judge had ordered the woman not to bring the children "into contact" with the bodyguard.
Mr Howard told the judge of alleged breaches of the order - at a luxury country house hotel and at a Center Parcs.
He said at one point the woman had "given close protection security the slip".
Mr Howard said he wanted the judge's order obeyed but did not want his ex-wife to be jailed.
Mr Justice Holman said he would not jail the bodyguard.
"I regard this whole hearing as completely ridiculous," he said.
"I think it is ridiculous that the father is pressing on."
He added: "I have to tell you Mr Howard, you are wasting your time."
Mr Howard told the judge - after taking instructions from the man by telephone - that the application to commit was being withdrawn.
The judge did not hear detailed submissions from barrister Andrew Pote, who represented the bodyguard.
Little detail was given about the man's background.
Mr Pote told the judge that the woman ran a company.