Shannons Mother being guarded by nine prison warders.

Shannon Matthews went missing on her way home from school on the 19th February 2008, Shannon lived in Dewsbury with her Mother and Step Father. Please discuss

UPDATE Shannon Matthews Found Alive 14th March 2008

Shannons Mother being guarded by nine prison warders.

Postby bjr » Tue Apr 22, 2008 3:28 pm ... -s-mother/

SHANNON Matthews' mum is being guarded by nine prison warders in a security operation that could cost taxpayers up to £1million-a-year.

Jail bosses assigned the squad to protect Karen Matthews, 32, because they fear she is at "extreme risk" of attack.

The guards formed a human shield to escort the mum-of-seven from her cell in the isolation unit at New Hall Prison, Wakefield, West Yorks, to the jail's medical centre.

She is under the supervision of prison medics after being declared a suicide risk. Lags have offered a bounty of just 10 cigarettes for the first inmate to attack her.

But jail bosses have thrown a security shield around the mum, who is on remand accused of hiding from police that she knew where her nine-year-old daughter was while she was missing for 24 days.

Prison sources say the high level of protection offered to her has only heightened the determination of inmates to get to her.

One source said: "If there is one thing that goes down badly in prison it's when one inmate appears to have favourable treatment.

"The other inmates watched open-mouthed as she was escorted from her cell to the doctor by nine warders.

"The others reckon she's being treated like some kind of celebrity.

"They've even dubbed her Hannibal Lecter because she's so well guarded."

According to the Home Office, the normal cost of keeping an inmate in jail for a year is £42,000 on the basis there is one warder for every three prisoners.

But Matthews's nine guards mean she is currently swallowing up resources allocated for 27 inmates.

Matthews, of Dewsbury, West Yorks, is due to stand trial in November accused of perverting the course of justice and child neglect.

She will face trial alongside Michael Donovan, 39, who has been charged with Shannon's kidnapping and false imprisonment.
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Re: Shannons Mother being guarded by nine prison warders.

Postby Stevo » Tue Apr 22, 2008 3:33 pm

Unless they recruited 9 new warders, how can it cost that much money?

Even if the prison did recruit 9 new guards, on salaries of about £30,000, how could it possibly add up to £1,000,000?

Why do the papers invent bull sh it like this? It won't cost another penny to look after this woman unless they specifically have to recruit more staff.

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Re: Shannons Mother being guarded by nine prison warders.

Postby qwerty » Tue Apr 22, 2008 3:43 pm

maybe 9 guards to escourt her through other areas where she could be attacked but 23 hours a day she probably has no more protection than any other prisoner.
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Re: Shannons Mother being guarded by nine prison warders.

Postby thinkzinc » Tue Apr 22, 2008 3:45 pm

Stick her in solitary - sorted
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Postby cushty » Tue Apr 22, 2008 3:46 pm

wasn't it the Star that had the headline about £100,000 plastic surgery for her?

I think, and I regret thinking it, that the Star reckons the residents of Dewsbury are a likely target for increased sales
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Re: Shannons Mother being guarded by nine prison warders.

Postby yeahbutno » Tue Apr 22, 2008 10:48 pm

This idea that there is a "bounty" of 10 fags on her head is also a complete myth IMO.

Nobody is going to risk the life sentence for committing a murder to gain 10 Bensons. Alternatively, I'm sure there are prisoners in there who ARE deranged, angry and psychopathic enough to kill Karen Matthews, but they would be doing it for the enjoyment and notoriety, rather than an afternoon's worth of tabs. :roll:
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