Karen Matthews Plans Post-Prison Life With 'Wealthy Admirer'

12/12/2011 11:16 | Updated 22 May 2015
Shannon Matthews and mum KarenPA

Karen ­Matthews, the mum who kidnapped her own daughter to claim reward money, is being ­prepared for early ­release from jail - and reportedly a move to Cyprus with a wealthy 'admirer'.

Mum-of-seven Matthews, 36, is currently serving eight years in prison after staging her nine-year-old daughter's disappearance in order to pocket £50,000. Along with Michael Donovan, 40, Matthews was found guilty of kidnap, false imprisonment and perverting the course of justice after her daughter was discovered under a bed in Donovan's home. She had been tied up and drugged. It had taken police 24 days to find her in a hunt which cost £3.2million.

Matthews, who has reportedly lost three stone, has bragged to pals that a 'wealthy admirer' in Cyprus has been writing to her at Foston Hall prison in ­Derbyshire, telling her he would like to 'stroll along a beach' with her after seeing her photograph in newspapers.

A source told the Daily Mail: "She says Cyprus is perfect because she won't be known,."

She is expected to be freed in April after serving just three years of her eight year sentence. However, implications of her licence mean she will not be allowed to live abroad permanently.

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