Shannon mum to stand trial with alleged abductor
The mother of Shannon Matthews will go on trial alongside the man accused ofabducting her nine-year-old daughter, she learnt today.
Karen Matthews, 32, who is charged with child neglect and perverting thecourse of justice, was told of her trial date during a brief appearance thismorning via videolink at Leeds Crown Court.
The Recorder of Leeds, Judge Peter Collier QC, told her that she would betried on November 11 alongside Michael Donovan, 39, who is accused ofShannon's kidnapping and unlawful imprisonment.
Ms Matthews, who is being held on remand at New Hall prison in Wakefield,spoke only to confirm her name and to acknowledge that she could hear theproceedings.