Liverpool woman who subjected her aunt with dementia to months of abuse is jailed

Danielle Shaw
Danielle Shaw Credit: Liverpool Echo

A woman who abused and threatened to kill her vulnerable aunt, who was living with early onset dementia, has been jailed.After leaving prison, Danielle Shaw, from Liverpool, subjected her aunt to months of abuse after she went to live with her.

Shaw stamped on her hands, punched her body and threatened to smash her head through a fish tank in abuse extending over months.Liverpool Crown Court heard the victim became so distressed after the final attack that she took a bus to the city's waterfront with the aim of taking her own life.She was found by police in early April after sleeping rough in the city centre for days.The court heard Shaw would get angry at a range of minor inconveniences, including being woken up without a cup of coffee or being woken "too early or too late".

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Karl Scholz, prosecuting, said: "In the last few days, the violence increased. She would drag her aunt around the floor by her hair and punched her almost daily."Shaw said that she would kill her aunt if she tried to tell anyone about the abuse before ordering her to get out of her own home.It was only days later, when her sister became alarmed at not hearing from her, that police were informed and a missing person bulletin was sent out.When Shaw's aunt tried to board a bus to her sister's house to tell her what had happened the driver recognised her and contacted the police.It was at this point that Shaw's behaviour became known as her aunt refused to return.Shaw, of no fixed abode, was jailed for two years and five months after pleading guilty to one count of unlawful wounding.The judge also made a restraining order preventing her from contacting her aunt and Shaw will have to pay a victim surcharge.