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    The mother of Shannon Matthews has been jailed for eight years for her role in the kidnap of her own daughter. Skip related content

    Karen Matthews, 33, of Moorside Road, Dewsbury Moor, West Yorkshire, was sentenced at Leeds Crown Court after being found guilty last month of kidnap, false imprisonment and perverting the course of justice.

    Her former partner's uncle, Michael Donovan, 40, was convicted of the same offences and was also jailed for eight years.

    Shannon was found in Donovan's flat in Lidgate Gardens, Batley Carr, West Yorkshire, 24 days after she went missing in February last year.

    Shannon, now 10, went missing on February 19 last year as she walked home from school near her home in Dewsbury Moor.

    West Yorkshire Police launched a massive search operation costing almost £3.2 million - one of the largest conducted by the force.

    On March 14, Shannon was discovered in the base of a divan bed in Donovan's flat less than a mile away from her home. It was revealed that Donovan kept her imprisoned as part of a plan he and Matthews hatched to claim a £50,000 reward offered by a national newspaper.

    Police believe the pair may have been influenced by the coverage of Madeleine McCann's disappearance, which was a high-profile news story in the months before Shannon went missing.

    After she was recovered, Shannon was found to have traces of the "potent hypnotic" drug temazepam and travel sickness medication melcozine in her system. It was believed that both Matthews and Donovan gave the girl the drugs in an attempt to keep her subdued and drowsy and that she could have taken them for up to 20 months before her abduction.

    Matthews told five versions of what happened to Shannon, ranging from being a distraught mother whose daughter had gone missing to blaming the crime on her former partner Craig Meehan and other members of his family. Donovan, who has convictions for arson, shoplifting and criminal damage, claimed he was terrified of Matthews and said he was threatened that he would be killed if he did not comply with her plan.

    32 Comments

    In before the lynch mob.

    Original Poster Banned

    Blimmin disgrace! should have got life for drugging up her kids for 2 years and then kidnapping Shannon.

    Broken Brittan

    At least she wont be scrounging of the state and getting a free house and loads of dough anymore.

    Too light - just chuck the key away.

    Banjo String;4162633

    Blimmin disgrace! should have got life for drugging up her kids for 2 … Blimmin disgrace! should have got life for drugging up her kids for 2 years and then kidnapping Shannon.Broken BrittanAt least she wont be scrounging of the state and getting a free house and loads of dough anymore.



    yes x x :thumbsup:

    about time that chav family got its just desserts.............some people should not be allowed to breed !
    makes me so angry !!!!!!!!!

    Banjo String;4162633

    Blimmin disgrace! should have got life for drugging up her kids for 2 … Blimmin disgrace! should have got life for drugging up her kids for 2 years and then kidnapping Shannon.Broken BrittanAt least she wont be scrounging of the state and getting a free house and loads of dough anymore.



    no-we just pay thousands to keep her locked up !

    Its the kids i feel really sorry for-although they say they are very happy in foster homes-its just all so sad.

    Banjo String;4162633

    Blimmin disgrace! should have got life for drugging up her kids for 2 … Blimmin disgrace! should have got life for drugging up her kids for 2 years and then kidnapping Shannon.Broken BrittanAt least she wont be scrounging of the state and getting a free house and loads of dough anymore.



    Who do you think pays for her 'Hotel/Prison' Stay and the fact she will need to be segregated and get special treatment so no one beats the living bejesus outta her whilst shes inside. :x

    Come on! Who wouldn't do the same?

    [email protected];4162690

    Come on! Who wouldn't do the same?



    The same what?!

    Original Poster Banned

    The only good to come out of this is Shannon has a good home and parents to look after her now.

    Celticsun;4162693

    The same what?!



    Kidnap your child for the cash- seems like a victimless crime to me...

    It's YOUR child.

    acecatcher3;4162711

    lol giles, stop it :-D



    Sorry... couldn't resist. I blame Friday.

    [email protected];4162702

    Kidnap your child for the cash- seems like a victimless crime to … Kidnap your child for the cash- seems like a victimless crime to me...It's YOUR child.



    It wasn't particularly the kidnapping, its was the years of extensive abuse.

    I still say put the cow in general pop. in prison.. see how she likes some abuse :thumbsup:

    Celticsun;4162770

    It wasn't particularly the kidnapping, its was the years of extensive … It wasn't particularly the kidnapping, its was the years of extensive abuse.I still say put the cow in general pop. in prison.. see how she likes some abuse :thumbsup:



    "An eye for an eye will leave us all blind." - Gandhi

    How long will she serve. Is it half or 2 thirds and will they deduct the time she has already spent in prison?

    well its not like prison is prison here is it.
    Shes going on holiday really.
    Now usa they ahve the right idea.:thumbsup:

    acecatcher3;4162763

    In the circle of lifeIt's the wheel of fortuneIt's the leap of faithIt's … In the circle of lifeIt's the wheel of fortuneIt's the leap of faithIt's the band of hopeTill we find our placeOn the path unwindingIn the circle, the circle of life



    Made me think of 'Way Down The Line" - Offspring

    "There is a chain that's never broken,
    You know the story it's sad but true,
    An angry man gets drunk and beats his kids,
    The same old way his drunken father did...

    ...And welfare mums have kids on welfare,
    Fat parents they have fat kids too,
    You know it's never gonna end,
    The same old cycle's gonna start again,
    What comes around well it goes around...'

    [email protected];4162791

    "An eye for an eye will leave us all blind." - Gandhi



    Yeah, got him far that one eh :-D

    cherishu2;4162821

    well its not like prison is prison here is it.Shes going on holiday … well its not like prison is prison here is it.Shes going on holiday really.Now usa they ahve the right idea.:thumbsup:



    Holiday? Really?

    (Hmm... who should I kill?)

    Is it exactly like Olu Deniz? that was an amazing holiday.

    [email protected];4162861

    Holiday? Really? (Hmm... who should I kill?)Is it exactly like Olu Deniz? … Holiday? Really? (Hmm... who should I kill?)Is it exactly like Olu Deniz? that was an amazing holiday.



    Could always be a turkish prison, that would be interesting ;-)

    Celticsun;4162858

    Yeah, got him far that one eh :-D



    I choose that over the Sharia law that is the result of the opposite.

    Celticsun;4162878

    Could always be a turkish prison, that would be interesting ;-)



    Hmm... maybe I'll not kill anyone then...

    Banjo String;4162633

    Blimmin disgrace! should have got life for drugging up her kids for 2 … Blimmin disgrace! should have got life for drugging up her kids for 2 years and then kidnapping Shannon.Broken BrittanAt least she wont be scrounging of the state and getting a free house and loads of dough anymore.



    Will she get a job (will anyone give her a job) when she comes out? She will continue to scrounge from the government when she is released and this uber PC country will allow it.

    [email protected];4162886

    Hmm... maybe I'll not kill anyone then...



    Awwww, I had visions of you and plexy glass from Midnight Express lmfao

    [email protected];4162702

    Kidnap your child for the cash- seems like a victimless crime to … Kidnap your child for the cash- seems like a victimless crime to me...It's YOUR child.



    acecatcher3;4162763

    In the circle of lifeIt's the wheel of fortuneIt's the leap of faithIt's … In the circle of lifeIt's the wheel of fortuneIt's the leap of faithIt's the band of hopeTill we find our placeOn the path unwindingIn the circle, the circle of life




    LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOLALOT

    Celticsun;4162907

    Awwww, I had visions of you and plexy glass from Midnight Express lmfao



    If you want it that badly then I'll see what I can do... I was really keen on a free holiday (ALMOST posted it as a Freebie!)

    "MURDER SOMEONE AND GET A FREE HOLIDAY! YEAH!"

    Good job too ... pity that she'll probably only do 4/5 years

    Banned

    I personally think that they should lock her up and throw away the key....and prisions should be excatly what they say they are....no tvs, or gyms, or how to learn new things, just sat in a cell!!!!!

    Poor child! I hope shes ok and grows up to be a nice young lady!!!

    How comes they are not doing her for drugging shannon and neglecting her kids?

    Banned

    thesummerof69;4162817

    How long will she serve. Is it half or 2 thirds and will they deduct the … How long will she serve. Is it half or 2 thirds and will they deduct the time she has already spent in prison?



    She will be able to apply for parole after 4 years
    I expect she will appeal and get the sentence cut to 6 years though.

    Banjo String;4162633

    At least she wont be scrounging of the state and getting a free house and … At least she wont be scrounging of the state and getting a free house and loads of dough anymore.



    Indeed - we will just be using our taxes to pay for her in prison which costs a considerable amount more than the £60ish per week that you claim on jobseekers allowance. :thinking:

    It was horrid what that woman did. There's obviously a screw loose somewhere to do that to your own child.

    Original Poster Banned

    The Burlo;4165317

    Indeed - we will just be using our taxes to pay for her in prison which … Indeed - we will just be using our taxes to pay for her in prison which costs a considerable amount more than the £60ish per week that you claim on jobseekers allowance. :thinking:It was horrid what that woman did. There's obviously a screw loose somewhere to do that to your own child.



    Think she claimed a hella lot more than JSA free house and every benifit going.

    When the news story broke about shannon missing the local asda offered her her shopping for free. She and her pedo boyfriend came back witha trolley full of food and another trolley loaded with booze. No shame
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