Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Man in Court over Shannon's Kidnap

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Man in Court over Shannon's Kidnap

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A 39-YEAR-OLD man was remanded in custody today charged with the kidnap and false imprisonment of Shannon Matthews.

Michael Donovan, of Lidgate Gardens, Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, appeared before the town's magistrates charged with taking the nine-year-old schoolgirl on February 19. He was remanded in custody and will appear next at Leeds Crown Court on March 25. Shannon was discovered less than a mile from her home on Friday afternoon, 24 days after she went missing.

Donovan was led into the dock shortly before 10.15am, handcuffed to a custody officer.

Dressed in a dark blue sweatshirt and dark grey trousers, Donovan spoke in a frail voice to confirm his name, address and date of birth. Throughout the short hearing he sat motionless.

There was no application for bail and the court was told the defendant will make his next appearance at Crown Court by video link.

Members of Shannon's family attended the hearing, including her uncle, Neil Hyett, and his wife, Amanda, who broke down in tears at the start of the proceedings. …

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