Shannon Mathews' Mother gets 8 years imprisonment.
This woman conspired with Michael Donovan to kidnap her own daughter in order to fraudulently obtain the reward money for finding her.
In doing so, she cost the general public £3.2m, subjected her own daughter to a most horrific and traumatic experience and subjected her family to a similarly horrific emotional roller coaster.
Quotes from the Judge Mr Justice McCombe's summation;
"It is impossible to conceive how you could have found it in you to put this young girl through the ordeal that you inflicted upon her.
"It is incomprehensible that you could have permitted your friends, neighbours and in your case, Matthews, even your children to sacrifice time and energy in extensive searches for the supposedly missing child."
8 years........... that woman will, in true brit justicial fashion, be out in 4 years with good behaviour.
NOT GOOD ENOUGH!!!!
The punishment must reflect the crime and in this case the punishment most definitely does NOT meet the crime.
I am sick to death of the so-called "Justice" system in the UK. Weak and wimpish, they should take a leaf out of our freinds across the pond in the US and make sentences real and actually deter someone from committing such atrocities.
OK, rant over.
be well and prosper,