Man Wrong To Read Into Estranged Wife’s Text Kisses

14 January 2019, 09:27

judge

A judge, who hears cases in Kent and Sussex, has decided a woman who signed off text messages to her estranged husband with a kiss was not being "flirtatious".

The former married couple are embroiled in a family court dispute centred on their child.

The woman had accused the man of abusing her, Judge Farooq Ahmed had been asked to make "findings of fact".

The man denied the abuse and told the judge the woman "repeatedly" signed off text messages she sent to him with a kiss.

The man said the kiss sign-off, with an 'x', was "flirtatious".

He added, if she "really" regarded him as an abuser, she would not have attached a kiss to messages.

However, Judge Farooq disagreed and said a kiss was "just her way of signing off".

Detail of the argument emerged in a ruling published by the judge, who hears cases in Kent and Sussex, following a private family court hearing.

The judge has not identified anyone involved.

Judge Ahmed said:

"The father relies upon numerous text messages... in which the mother repeatedly signs off with a kiss,"

"He regards this as flirtatious and not something that she would have done had she really regarded him as an abuser.

"I find that the mother was not being flirtatious

“It was just her way of signing off.

“The father is wrong to read anything into it."

Judge Ahmed concluded the man had abused the woman on a number of occasions during their marriage.