The London couple accused of confining a young boy to a fetid bedroom will be back in court Aug. 28.
But the Korean father of the 10-year-old boy rescued by police and child welfare officials in May is focused on a different court date: the custody hearing.
Toronto-based Korea Daily Times newspaper reporter Jay Jung plans to meet him at the airport when he arrives sometime ahead of the custody hearing, scheduled for Aug. 7.
The boy's father has never set foot outside of his homeland of South Korea but began the passport process when he received word his son had been placed in foster care.
“He literally doesn’t care about the trial right now,” Jung said Thursday (July 24). “He only cares about the custody hearing.”
The father’s sister and her husband, charged with forcible confinement and failing to provide the necessities of life, have been the boy’s legal guardians since 2010 when his grandmother brought him to London.
Their identities are protected by court order. They appeared in London court briefly Thursday. Their case was put over to Aug. 28.