Harry Speath from Brisbane is desperately searching for his two children Serena, 7, and Thomas, 6. They are believed to be with their mother and last seen on 5 December 2014. Have you seen them? Can you help?
Father of Thomas Kurt Michael Speath born 27 April 2010, and Serena Lucia Speath born, 29 March 2009, hasn’t seen his children since their mother Jane Iluci Adare picked them up from Harry’s home just before the Christmas break in 2014.
“I met Jane shortly after my father passed away in 2006. I was talking with friends at the local dance club and was instantly attracted to her infectious laugh. Our friendship progressed; we started dating and she moved in with me in June 2008.
“She fell pregnant almost immediately. I knew she wanted children and we’d discussed them being part of a long-term relationship. We had two children, Serena and Thomas, in rapid succession. Things went downhill from there.
“She left the first time on Valentine’s Day 2011. Serena was nearly two, Thomas wasn’t even one. I missed both children’s birthdays during the separation but at least I knew they were with Jane’s mother, 20 minutes away. I didn’t see them for over three months.
“Finally, I started working towards reconciliation. By November, I was spending most nights with her and the kids at her mother’s house. Jane said she wanted to come home and have a full reconciliation. We made it work for a year, but it was difficult.
“On 1 July 2013 she moved out. It was horrendous. I didn’t see my kids for six weeks.”
Harry says that when Jane requested that he only have very short weekly-supervised access visit, they headed to the Family Court.
“It was agreed we would share custody, a week in turns. We agreed shared parental responsibility,” he said.
“The end of term before Christmas 2014 was the last time I saw my kids.”