This is translated from Politikens “Oliver’s Mum: I was afraid of kidnapping”
Austrian Marion Weilharter, the mother of kidnapped Oliver, had long been frightened of what the father Thomas Sørensen could come up with in relation to their son.
It had been difficult to cooperate with him and trust him, she explained to Denmark Radio News.
“He had supervised visits partly because I was afraid of what Thomas could come up with. I was frightened that worst case scenario he would try to kidnap him,” explained Marion to DR News.
She moved to Austria with her son Oliver in July 2010, when her son was more than three years old.
He was not interested at all in the start
At that point, her son had exclusively lived with Marion. It was only then that the father wanted custody of their son, writes DR News.
“The first six months in Austria, Thomas was not even interested in contact with Oliver, despite the fact he had been told that he could approach the Austrian authorities to see him regularly,” explained Marion to DR News.
On the 22nd December 2010, the Danish authorities awarded custody of Oliver to Thomas. But the Austrian authorities did not recognise the Danish decision and allowed only limited contact under supervision.
Fifteen months later, Thomas Sørensen took his son to Denmark by force.