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Shannon Matthews: Craig Meehan And Paul Donovan News Round Up

by | 3rd, April 2008

craig-meehan.jpgSHANNON Watch: Anorak’s look at the case of Shannon Matthews in the media

ANKIT Saha: “From my humble legal viewpoint, I find it quite startling that the Police took the action they did against Meechan. Normally the authorities operate against the issue of child porn on the level of website owners and online distributors.”

DAILY EXPRESS: “SHANNON’S STEPFATHER REMANDED”

THE stepfather of kidnapped schoolgirl Shannon Matthews was remanded in custody today after being charged with possessing child pornography.

Craig Meehan, 22, appeared at Dewsbury Magistrates Court this morning facing 11 charges of possessing 140 indecent images of children.

He will remain in police custody until April 11 when he will reappear at the court.

DAILY MIRROR (front page): “SHANNON BACK WITH MUM – together for 1st time in 6 weeks.. as stepdad in held over child porn”

Page 11: “COPS FIND HUNDREDS OF CHILD PORN PICS”

It’s an “EXCLUSIVE”.

Shannon Matthews’ stepdad Craig Meehan has been arrested. As reported yesterday.

“The 22-year-old fishmonger, wearing a baseball cap and Manchester United football shirt, was led away. Karen, 32, sobbed and said “I’m in shock. I just can’t say anything.”

The newspaper investigates:

Meehan’s sister Amanda Hyett, who lives next door, said: “I’m just so upset, I can’t talk about it. When will it all end?” Another neighbour, Petra Jamieson, said of Craig: “If it’s him then it makes me feel sick. But lots of people use Karen and Craig’s computers as there are not that many people around here with the internet.”

So he might be innocent?

As she spoke another neighbour, who was walking his dog, interrupted to shout: “It better not be true ‘cos it’s f*****g disgusting.”

DAILY STAR (front page): SHANNON’S STEPDAD HELD FOR KID PORN”
Pages 4 and 5: “SHANNON’S STEPDAD HELD FOR KID PORN – VILE IMAGES FOUND ON COMPUTER”

Meehan is being held under suspicion of possessing child porn. Meehan is a “fishmonger”. Fact.

Last night a family pal said: “Karen doesn’t know what’s going on. She’s just riding a rollercoaster of emotion right now. After all she has been through this is the last thing she needs. So far she’s only had a glimpse of Shannon for a couple of minutes since she was found. She was hoping to finally see her face to face, but now she knows that isn’t going to happen soon.”

The Daily Star – Last For news. In the Mirror Karen Matthews is being picked up in the park and taken to a secret address to see her daughter.

THE SUN (front page): “Shannon stepdad’s vile child porn stash”

The paper has a picture of Meehan using a computer. The paper says “hundreds of vile images” were found on his home PC.

Pages 4 and 5: “He didn’t let kids touch his computer”

There were no pictures of any family members found on the machine.

Say a “pal”: “There was a password to log on to the computer and then passwords for emails and other files. Craig used to download a lot of music and videos. We thought there might be some copyrighted stuff he had downloaded but never imagined there was anything on there like child porn. It has left us all shocked.”

Any other facts?

Meehan, 22, allegedly hid his secret stash behind an innocent-looking screensaver of reality show personality Baby Lyssa.

A baby?

She is the youngest daughter of Duane “Dog” Chapman on imported US TV hit Dog The Bounty Hunter. The show follows the lives of crook-nabbing Dog, his wife Beth and 12 children — including 19-year-old Lyssa — in Hawaii.

Says Karen Matthews’ closest friend, “mum-of-four” Petra Jamieson: “Until the police have checked their dates and times to confirm Craig is responsible, people shouldn’t jump to conclusions.”

DAILY EXPRESS (front- page): “SHANNON’S STEPFATHER ARRESTED”
Page 5: “SHANNON’S STEPFATHER ARRESTED OVER CHILD PORN PHOTOS”

His arrest is not connected to his stepdaughter’s abduction. None of the pictures on the computer involves Shannon or her brothers or sisters and they have been downloaded from the internet.

THE INDEPENDENT: “Shannon’s stepfather held in indecent images inquiry”

Shannon was found on 14 March, 24 days after she disappeared on 19 February, in the drawer of a divan bed at a small flat in Batley Carr, just a mile from her home. Police arrested Mick Donovan, a 39-year-old computer programmer, in connection with her disappearance and later charged him with kidnap and false imprisonment.

It was also revealed that he is an uncle of Mr Meehan. Mr Donovan, also known as Paul Drake, is awaiting trial at Leeds Crown Court.

Innocent until proven otherwise.



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