Shannon Matthews review to be published

ITN News
15.2K
82 views
  • About
  • Export
  • Add to

A serious case review into the role social services and other agencies played in the life of abducted schoolgirl Shannon Matthews up until she was kidnapped with the help of her own mother will be published later.

Shannon was nine when she disappeared from her home in Dewsbury Moor, West Yorkshire, in February 2008. After a massive police operation, she was discovered 24 days later at her stepfather's uncle's home, less than a mile away.

Last year her mother Karen Matthews, then 33, was jailed for eight years for her part in what a judge described as a "truly despicable" plot with Michael Donovan, in whose flat the youngster was found. Donovan, then 40, was also jailed for eight years.

Shannon was found in Donovan's flat in Lidgate Gardens, Batley Carr, West Yorkshire, in the base of a divan bed. The youngster had been drugged and forced to adhere to a strict list of rules while held captive.

Prosecutors said Donovan kept Shannon imprisoned as part of a plan he and Matthews hatched to claim a £50,000 reward offered by a national newspaper.

The trial judge said it was doubtful Matthews and Donovan, who both have a low IQ, could have planned and carried out the kidnap without other people.

The court was told the ordeal has left Shannon "disturbed and traumatised" and suffering from nightmares.

Kirklees Council announced a serious case review after Matthews and Donovan were convicted in December 2008.

0 comments