Shannon 'taken on trips'
Friday 21 November 2008
The man accused of kidnapping Shannon Matthews told police he took her on trips while officers were searching for her, Leeds Crown Court has heard. Michael Donovan, 40, from Lidgate Gardens, in Dewsbury, told police officers Shannon, nine, would sit in the back of his car with her pink coat on and hood up as he drove her to the supermarket and took her to parks.
Meanwhile, hundreds of police officers and members of the public were scouring the Dewsbury area looking for the girl. The court heard that Shannon was unaware of the huge police search and media interest as she would watch cartoons on the television. Mr Donovan told police he bought her toys and clothes during the 24 days she spent at his flat.
Mr Donovan made the disclosures in police interviews after Shannon was found by officers in the bottom of a divan bed at his flat. He said he was threatened by Shannon's mother Karen Matthews, 33, from Moorside Road, Dewsbury, who said she would set three "lads" on him if he did not agree to take Shannon to his flat and hold her until the reward money reached £50,000, the court heard.
Mr Donovan and Ms Matthews deny kidnap, false imprisonment and perverting the course of justice. The trial was adjourned until Monday.
- 1 Finland schools: Subjects scrapped and replaced with 'topics' as country reforms its education system
- 2 The West has it totally wrong on Lee Kuan Yew
- 3 #FreeTheNipple: Women in Iceland bare breasts in solidarity with trolled student
- 4 Scientists have discovered a simple way to cook rice that dramatically cuts the calories
- 5 Zayn Malik quits One Direction: Hundreds of workers request compassionate leave following band member's exit
Germanwings captain Patrick Sondenheimer tried to break into locked cockpit door 'with an axe' as plane was descending
Amanda Knox murder conviction: Italian court overturns verdict for US student and Raffaele Sollecito in the killing of Meredith Kercher
Saudi Arabia says it won't rule out building nuclear weapons
The battle for the Middle East's future begins in Yemen as Saudi Arabia jumps into the abyss
#FreeTheNipple: Women in Iceland bare breasts in solidarity with trolled student
Nigel Farage brands LGBT activists 'filth' and 'scum' and accuses them of scaring away his children after they invade his local pub
Ukip supporters are 55 or older, white and socially conservative, finds British Social Attitudes Report
JK Rowling responds to fan tweeting she 'can't see' Dumbledore being gay
Russia threatens Denmark with nuclear weapons if it tries to join Nato defence shield
Jeremy Clarkson sacked live: Alan Yentob 'wouldn't rule out' ex Top Gear host's BBC return
Germanwings plane crash: Co-pilot Andreas Lubitz wanted to 'do something people would remember him for'
£12000 - £24000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A opportunity has arisen for a ...
£32000 - £38000 per annum: Ashdown Group: A successful accountancy practice in...
£18000 - £23000 per annum + Uncapped commission: SThree: Does earning a 6 figu...
£18000 - £25000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is an exciting opportunity...