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SYDNEY(AP) - A seven-year-old boy was at the centre of a Parramatta

, NSW courtroom drama yesterday when he challenged a court ruling

over who should have custody of him.


The boy has a history of being beaten by his parents and the judge

initially awarded custody to his aunt, in keeping with child custody

law and regulations requiring that family unity be maintained to the

degree possible.


The boy surprised the court when he proclaimed that his aunt beat

him more than his parents and he adamantly refused to live with her.

When the judge then suggested that he live with his grandparents,

the boy cried out that they also beat him.¹ After considering the

remainder of the immediate family and learning that domestic

violence was apparently a way of life among them, the judge took the

unprecedented step of allowing the boy to propose who should have

custody of him.


After two recesses to check legal references and confer with child

welfare officials, the judge granted temporary custody to the

English Cricket Team, whom the boy firmly believes are not capable

of beating anyone.

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