Shannon Matthews' case

I see her mother was arrested last night on suspicion of perverting the course of justice. That follows the arrest and subsequent release on bail of her stepfather’s sister and mother too. I know we can’t know for sure what was going on here and it’s probably a bit crass to say this but I think the family might have been trying to stage a ‘Madeleine type’ abduction and make a bucket of cash through appeals and publicity. The guy charged with the abduction was rushed to hospital last night after a ‘serious case of self harm’ too. It’s an extremely odd state of affairs.

Very odd alright. The main thing though is that we form an opinion quickly, it’s no fun watching the news when you don’t know what sort of contempt to hold the main protagonists in.

Was there not a kiddie pr0n element to the story with the stepfather?

Yep, he’s been remanded in custody for possession of indecent images but they’re not of her apparently. People say ‘don’t make rash judgements’ and ‘don’t get on their backs because they’re from a lower class area’ and ‘wait for the facts to emerge rather than fuelling the fire’ but it’s crucial to make a snap judgement in these cases so you can boast about being right all along if you happen to call it correctly early doors. That’s far more important than truth and justice. I do feel sorry for the girl though and hope she’s alright.

Slightly off topic but on my way to Galway this morning I was listening to Ryan Tubridy. He was asking the question ‘are kids today too sheltered’? It was in advance of a programme about kids today tonight at 9.30 on RTE 1. You have probably seen the ad of David, something, a psychologist, going pulling alongside a kid in a car and staring at her (a bit freaky I thought)…

Anyway, Tubridy was saying how he watches his kids closely because he is afraid of another Maddie McCann or Shannon Matthews happening to his kids. Yer man David joined the discussion after a while and was asked what he thought of the discussion so far. He said that Tubridy made good points when he mentioned the case of ‘[pause] that girl in Portugal whose name escapes me’. Tubridy said ‘Maddie McCann’ and David said ‘of course that’s it’.

He actually forgot Maddie’s name!

The word from TFK sources in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire is it was a complete scam based on an episode of Shameless where Liam was kidnapped! We’d report it as another exclusive only we don’t like to blow our own trumpets.

Was watching BBC News last night and they explained the link between all the people who were arrested and subsequently released on bail or charged.

The first thing they said was that Shannon’s mother has seven kids by five different fathers - irrelevant I would have thought to the entire story but a sly attempt at character bashing…

Also her partner that was arrested on child porn charges looks about 19! A tragic state of affairs all round I would have said…

Staying ahead of the mainstream media on this one.

Our source has been back on to say that they found a load of money at the “kidnapper’s” house with the mother’s fingerprints on it. So she paid yer man to kidnap her kid.

Seems they also contacted the McCanns asking them for money for the fund.

Here’s the 999 call the ma made by the way.

[quote=“therock67”]Staying ahead of the mainstream media on this one.

Our source has been back on to say that they found a load of money at the “kidnapper’s” house with the mother’s fingerprints on it. So she paid yer man to kidnap her kid.

Seems they also contacted the McCanns asking them for money for the fund.

Here’s the 999 call the ma made by the way.[/quote]

Where’s the call?

Sorry, here it is:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/audio/2008/mar/05/shannon.matthews.999.call

Karen Matthews has been charged with perverting the course of justice and child neglect.

TFK - on the ball yet again it appears.

Shannon Matthews’ mother’s ex-partner Craig Meehan has been sentenced to 20 weeks imprisonment for possession of indecent images of children. He always did look like a creepy little weirdo/paedo and it’s proof, if any were ever needed, that anyone sporting glasses and a dopey expression is a paedo at least 8 times out of 10.

Seems like there is a paedo after turning up in albert square. harrowing viewing last night.

So you were cured of paedophaelia once you got your contacts?

I never had the dopey expression though Jugs. I always successfully straddled the fine line between looking dopey, inquisitive and confused. As opposed to Meehan - he was a stonewall paedo as soon as I saw the first picture of him in The Sun and, coincidentally enough, he was wearing a Manchester United away jersey. I’m not sure when the mother and the lad that abducted the kid are going on trial. They were remanded in custody again recently enough though.

The trial of Karen Matthews and Michael Donovan began today. TFK will bring you all the trial news first as it happens. Puke, will you follow this one closely on behalf of the forum given your legal background?

Who said anything about a legal background?

I would if i could bandage but i am fairly swamped with college work for the next week or two…I will keep my eyes and ears open but don’t think I can give it my undivided attention…

You were boasting about your college results before Puke. Don’t deny it.

I was but never mentioned law…how did you know i was studying it:p

You’re not as blatant as young artfoley who quotes passages of relevant constitutional acts in debates on here! But it was pretty obvious to a sharp fooker like me Puke. Pretty obvious indeed.

theres no hoor like a cute hoor bandage…