Posted on March 20, 2019
Earlier this year, Mr Justice Hayden decided that Mr Meyers, a widower who served in the Italian and north African theatres during the 1940s, might be able to return home.
The judge, who analysed evidence at a trial in the Family Division of the High Court in Southend, said the “ideal solution” would be for Mr Meyers to return home with a “suitable package of support”. He is now overseeing developments at follow-up hearings in London. Social services bosses at Southend-on-Sea Borough Council have welfare responsibility for Mr Meyers and had asked the judge to make a decision about what was in the veteran’s best interests.
Lawyers representing the council told Mr Justice Hayden at a follow-up hearing last week that Mr Meyers had returned home.
Mr Meyers has now spoken to the judge from home via a telephone link at a further hearing.
He said he was enjoying being back in his bungalow and added: “I have had eight days of living again.”
Mr Justice Hayden told Mr Meyers that he had to be pleasant to social workers and carers visiting him home and co-operate with them. The judge said he wanted the pensioner to smile at helpers “until your teeth hurt”.