The curious incidents of the children of Ireland.
I'm talking of course about Tim and Ethel Blake. For those of you not familiar with the case Tim and Ethel Blake from Cobh, both aged 60, are alleged to have deceived their own daughter and kidnapped their grandson in the US before bringing him back to
Ireland in July 2004.
The couple were on holiday in the US when Tim told his daughter he was dying of cancer and wanted to spend time with his grandson.
His daughter, although suspicious allowed her parents to meet the boy in a restaurant for two hours on condition they surrendered their passports to her.
But they took the boy out of the country and the passports they had handed over turned out to be duplicates.
Although the boy was returned in November 2004, the US authorities want Mr and Mrs Blake extradited to face charges of aggravated kidnap, which carries a maximum sentence of 30 years.
Their case on the extradition warrant is to be decided today. If they are extradited they will serve and minimum of sx years inn an state prison.
Six years is a hell of a long time when you are sixty.
But this is a messy case as it involves family. The boy's mother had forgiven the parents and pleaded for clemency, it would be fair to say all parties love the boy deeply. But kidnapping is still a crime. If they are not charged and allowed to go free what precedent does this set?
And is extradition even legal in this case? Their lawyers have argued that no official request for their extradition had been made by the US and that they were acting on an order of the Circuit Court here, which gave them custody of the then nine-year-old boy.
Mr Justice Michael Peart is set to decide on whether they should be extradited this morning.
In a strange week like this I just couldn't even guess how this is going to go.
UPDATE: The Irish High Court has ruled the pair, both aged 60, should not be sent to the US to stand trial.