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Woman jailed for harassing family of missing Katrice

Katrice Lee, aged two, went missing in Germany in 1981 Credit: Family of Katrice Lee

A woman has been sentenced to seven weeks in prison for harassing the family of a child who has been missing since 1981.

Donna Wright, 34, falsely claimed to be Katrice Lee, the missing daughter of Richard Lee, from Hartlepool, via phone calls in December last year, only seven months into a suspended sentence for the same offence.

Ms Wright was jailed after admitting harassment and breaching her previous suspended sentence.

Katrice Lee disappeared on her second birthday in a busy shop near a British Army base in West Germany where her father was stationed in 1981.

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Richard Lee, who's daughter Katrice went missing on her second birthday in West Germany in November 1981, said:

"I am not jealous, I am envious that a lot more attention has gone into their case.

"However, I feel like there is not a level playing field with regards to missing children.

"Every year 250,000 children go missing in the UK and it is not all about one individual person or family."

– Richard Lee, father of Katrice Lee

Madeline disappeared while on a family holiday at the Portuguese resort of Praia da Luz in May 2003. British police are currently searching an area of land close to where the three-year-old went missing.

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Full report: Katrice Lee family harassment case

A woman who sent abusive messages to the family of a two-year-old girl who went missing more than 30 years ago will not be going to jail.

Donna Wright from Spennymoor claimed that she was missing Katrice Lee who disappeared in 1981.

Wright, who is bi-polar, sent messages to a facebook page which the family had set up as part of the search for Katrice.

She was given a 12 week suspended sentence after appearing before a judge via video link.

Watch the full report from Rachel Bullock below.

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Woman sentenced after harassing Katrice Lee's family

Katrice Lee was two years old when she went missing in Germany Credit: Lee Family

A woman from County Durham has been given a 12 week suspended sentence after admitting she harassed the family of a toddler who went missing more than thirty years ago.

Katrice Lee disappeared from a military base in Germany in 1981.

33-year-old Donna Wright from Spennymoor admitted sending Katrice's family numerous Facebook messages claiming that she was Katrice, and continued to harass the family even after proof she was not.

Donna Wright's 12 week sentence has been suspended for 18 months during which she will be supervised.

Full Report: Woman pleads guilty to harassing Katrice Lee's family

A woman from County Durham has pleaded guilty to harassing the family of a toddler who went missing more than thirty years ago.

Katrice Lee disappeared from a military base in Germany in 1981.

33-year-old Donna Wright from Spennymoor has admitted sending Katrice's family numerous facebook messages claiming that she was Katrice, and continued to harass the family even after proof she was not.

Watch the full report from Frances Read below.

Woman pleads guilty to harassing family of missing toddler

A County Durham woman has pleaded guilty to harassing the family of a toddler who went missing more than thirty years ago.

Donna Wright, 33, from Spennymoor admitted sending numerous Facebook messages to Katrice Lee's family.

Wright appeared at Newton Aycliffe Magistrates Court via videolink and will be sentenced next month.

Katrice Lee went missing on her 2nd birthday in 1981 from a British military base in Germany where her father worked.

Katrice Lee family harassment case adjourned

Katrice Lee was two years old when she went missing in Germany Credit: Lee family

The case of a County Durham woman, charged with harassing the family of a toddler who went missing more than 30 years ago, has been adjourned due to her ill health.

33-year-old Donna Wright, from Spennymoor, was due to appear at Newton Aycliffe Magistrates' Court accused of using the social networking site Facebook to send messages to the family of Katrice Lee.

The case was adjourned for two weeks after magistrates were told Wright, who has psychiatric issues, was "acutely ill".

Bail conditions that Wright does not contact members of the Lee family or access a Facebook page set up for Katrice were extended.

Katrice went missing near the British Army base in Germany where her father Richard was serving in 1981 when she was two years old.

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