Haunted Shannon: Schoolgirl’s nightmares revealed as her mother is jailed for eight years for kidnap plot
24th January 2009
The ongoing torment of Shannon Matthews was revealed yesterday as her mother was jailed for a ‘despicable and inconceivable’ plot to kidnap the schoolgirl.
The ten-year-old is still so traumatised by her 24 days in captivity that she may need years of therapy, the judge presiding over the case said.
Mr Justice McCombe revealed that a social worker’s report into Shannon’s wellbeing showed she is still haunted by nightmares of being tied up, and is ‘ disturbed, traumatised and frightened’.
And in a further dramatic twist, the judge also claimed that – along with Karen Matthews and Shannon’s step-uncle, Michael Donovan – others may have been involved in the plot to gain the