FAIRFIELD — The California Court of Appeal on Thursday overturned a child custody ruling made by family law judge Garry T. Ichikawa that had ordered a father get joint custody of two children in spite of his long history of violence and the five previous restraining orders the mother had obtained against him.
Chauncey P. Banks asked Ichikawa in January 2013 to order shared custody, claiming his ex-wife had violated the terms of a 2011 restraining order she obtained against him and that she had made false accusations against him. Ichikawa ordered joint custody for the children, which included spending every weekend with Banks at his Suisun City home.
Banks has a local history of eight arrests by police, including an arrest for battery on a spouse and three domestic violence arrests, two of them felonies, according to court records.
The Court of Appeal reversed Ichikawa’s custody order, saying he mistakenly ignored the most-recent restraining order. The Court of Appeal noted the mother’s original restraining order included details of Banks allegedly punching, strangling, kicking and stomping his estranged wife.
The Court of Appeal ruling disagreed with Ichikawa on a separate point: The ruling states that appellate court’s review of the evidence revealed nothing to support Banks’ claims that his ex-wife had made false accusations to get full custody.
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