OLONGAPO CITY: A British woman was charged with serious illegal detention of five children, with ages ranging from six months to seven years, and assaulting government officials before a court here on Friday.
Charged before Branch 73 of Olongapo’s Family Court was Lilian May Thomson, 65, a British citizen from Dunfermline, Scotland.
The alleged illegal detention of the children was reported to the Department of Social Welfare and Development and to the police by Preda social workers in the first week of June.
The social workers, led by Rosemarie Hebron and Christopher Galco Hebron, and accompanied by National Bureau of Investigation officers Paula Calip and Clenio Callesja went to the house of Thomson with the barangay captain and asked that the children be turned over to them.
Thomson refused and began to curse the officers. She then picked up a spear and threw it at the social workers, grazing the arm of Hebron.
The authorities overwhelmed Thom–son and handcuffed her.
They found the five children locked in a room. One was tied by her arms to a chair with plastic cuffs.
The children were taken to a hospital in Olongapo. A medical checkup revealed that three of the seven year olds were sexually abused.
The children were taken to a child caring home.
Thomson was found to have a British passport that had no visa but had an American passport number.