Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council v Watson [2011] EWHC 2376 (Fam) 01.09.2011 & Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council v Watson [2011] EWHC 2498 (Fam) 01.09.2011

Elizabeth Watson having taken legal advice in respect of the above judgments applied to purge her contempt and her sentence of nine months was suspended (on terms of no further breach) for a period of two years allowing her to be immediately released. The judgment in Harris v Harris was then drawn to the Court’s attention which is authority for the proposition that the court had no power to impose a suspended sentence on an application to purge contempt. Ms Watson was therefore freed without conditions but with a stern warning as to the consequences of any future breach.