Couple avoid jail for abandoning son on holiday in Spain

The pair were arrested at Palma Airport as they tried to leave the country
The pair were arrested at Palma Airport as they tried to leave the country

A COUPLE arrested for abandoning their son while on holiday in Majorca have reportedly been handed a year’s suspended prison sentence.

Police detained the pair, described by one local paper as British and another as being Irish, at Palma Airport yesterday as they tried to leave the country without him.

The 17-year-old, said to suffer a mental illness, is understood to have become separated from his parents during an outing on the last day of their holiday on the island.

Instead of looking for him, they reportedly packed their suitcases and headed to the airport with their other three children to make sure they got their flight home in time.

They reported him missing - although it is not yet clear whether they informed the authorities at the airport or before heading to the airport on a bus.

Civil Guard officers are said to have arrested them at the airport after they tried to insist on boarding their plane and leave detectives to look for the missing teenager.

The unnamed parents are understood to have gone before a judge while their children were being looked after at a child welfare centre.

One local paper, quoting judicial sources, said they had been handed a one-year suspended jail sentence after admitting to wrongdoing.

They are understood to have been reunited with their children, including the 17-year-old, after the speedy trial and given permission to return home.

Their whereabouts this afternoon not known.

Local newspaper Ultima Hora described the pair as British. Another described them as Irish.