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Jailed grandmother claims she was 'treated like a dog'

Kathleen Derby, 72, has claimed she was 'treated worse than a dog' while in police custody. Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

A 72-year-old woman jailed for meeting her granddaughter in breach of a court order has claimed she was "treated worse than a dog" while in custody.

Kathleen Danby has demanded an apology and believes she deserves to be compensated after spending two nights in prison and a third in a police cell before her three-month sentence was cut to time already served.

Mrs Danby, who was sentenced in her absence by a Court of Protection judge after breaching an order not to approach her granddaughter, told the Daily Mail she felt "shattered and very weak."

Claiming to have been injured after being man-handled during her time in custody, she said, "I want an apology from Derbyshire County Council and compensation for my ordeal and the ordeal my granddaughter has had to go through."

The pensioner, who was arrested on Sunday while attending a Ken Dodd concert in Liverpool, also alleges that she was denied her liver disease medication.

Pensioner Kathleen Danby threw her arms in the air when she was freed at Birmingham's civil court. Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Mrs Danby was freed at Birmingham's civil court yesterday after she apologised to a judge, paving the way for a reduction in the three-month jail sentence.

In April, a judge sentenced Mrs Danby to prison after watching CCTV evidence of her greeting the teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons, with a hug outside a pub.

Reducing the sentence of Mrs Danby, from Kirkwall on the island of Orkney, Judge Sally Dowding said, "I am satisfied she fully appreciates the difficulties of her position and what she must do, and I am confident she will comply in future."

The Prison Service declined to comment directly on Mrs Danby's case, but it is understood her medication was verified for her to take during her time in custody.

We ensure that suitable facilities are provided for elderly prisoners and that individual healthcare needs are met.

We always follow appropriate security procedures when administering medication.

– Prison Service spokeswoman