News

Deported girls mum 'conned'

LET DOWN: The mother of the girls sent back home to Italy fears she has been double-crossed by Channel Nine.
LET DOWN: The mother of the girls sent back home to Italy fears she has been double-crossed by Channel Nine. Cade Mooney

THE mother of four Sunshine Coast sisters forced to return to Italy to live with their father and his family fears they have been double-crossed by the producers of 60 Minutes.

The high-profile court battle which resulted in the sisters being sent back to Italy will be the subject of a segment on the show tonight.

But teasers on Channel 9 this week have left their mother and her family doubting their story will get a fair airing.

Promotions for the show appear to indicate that it will favour the girls' father, who won the court battle after claiming their mother abducted them.

The girls' great-grandmother yesterday said the family was "worried sick" they had been conned by Channel 9.

"THEY (60 Minutes) went to Italy and spoke to the girls' father before they interviewed their mother and it looks like they believed everything he told them," she said.

"She was terribly upset after the interview because she felt they hated her.

"We weren't promised anything beforehand, but she (journalist Tara Brown) came out attacking her right from the start.

"I think she trusted them but she is having regrets now."

In anticipation of the girls' father denying allegations against him about his treatment of her and the girls, the mother has sent 60 Minutes producers documents which she claims prove the allegations against him are true.

The girls' grandmother on Friday lost a Supreme Court action against Channel 9 to stop 60 Minutes from featuring her image in tonight's story.

She claimed she agreed to participate only if her image was not shown as she receives daily death threats from hate groups and vigilante fathers groups.

The interviews were filmed in Mildura, where the grandmother lives, because she was too sick to travel after a series of operations.

She claimed she was pressured into participating in the story, despite repeatedly telling the producer she did not wish to and originally being promised her image would not be shown.

The Daily was unsuccessful in attempts to obtain comment from 60 Minutes.

Topics:  deportation, high court, kidnap, parenting




Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

'All I heard when my baby cried was ‘you’re a terrible mum'

APN Hey Mummy Feature for online - stock images of Katie Dykes. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star

KATIE'S battle with PND is not unlike many mothers.

'I just thought all mums got no sleep'

MELTOPIA battled PND with all four of her children.

4 survival tips for mummas heading back to work

The few reminders every working mum needs to read.

Health and nutrition with kids - how do you balance it?

HOW important is health and nutrition in your household?

Smack or no smack - where do you stand?

THE debate is reignited - is smacking acceptable?

Technology and kids: Do you ever cut their wi-fi?

Check out our new video series featuring mums having a chat

Ipswich residents reject how to vote cards: Tully

TAKE OUR CARDS: Ipswich voters are rejecting all parties how to vote cards in droves on election day.

Ipswich public knocking back party how to vote cards in droves

Where to vote: Blair, Oxley and Wright

Uncounted ballot boxes at the Lismore Returns Office. Photo Cathy Adams / The Northern Star

Where can I vote on Saturday?

Dick polling strongly in Oxley for ALP

ON TRACK: Labor candidate for Oxley Milton Dick votes with Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk at Inala State School.

Milton Dick polling well with four hours to go on election day

Latest deals and offers

Ipswich hits the polls

Ipswich voters hit the polls for the 2016 federal election.

Junior trio prepare for first cage fight

Real Life MMA fighters Brook Boetje, 9, Hunter Williamson, 10, and Sophie White, 11, prepare for their first ever cage fight.

Real Life MMA fighters Brook Boetje, 9, Hunter Williamson, 10, and Sophie White...

V8 drivers hit Willowbank

James Courtney and Mick Doohan at the 2016 Australian Kart Championship at Willowbank.

V8 drivers James Courtney and Mick Doohan spectated at Willowbank's Australian Kart...

Arts and culture get a boost in council budget

HAPPY CAMPER: Council’s culture boss Cr Charlie Pisasale will be delighted $400,000 has been allocated for a business case investigation for IPAC.

IPAC at the forefront of councillor's agenda

Burnett Heads housing development approved

COUNCIL APPROVED: A Burnett Heads housing development has been approved by Bundaberg Regional Council. Photo Contributed

Councillors approved the development seven votes to four