THE partner of Shannon Matthews’ mother was refused bail by magistrates today on charges of possessing child pornography.
Craig Meehan, 22, appeared before magistrates in Dewsbury yesterday accused of possessing 140 indecent images of children which were allegedly found on two computers at his home address.
The case against Meehan was adjourned until April 18 when he will next appear before magistrates in the town.
An application for bail by Meehan's solicitor David Orbaum was refused by the bench, chaired by David Haywood.
Meehan was impassive throughout the two-hour hearing in a packed court room.
Local residents joined police officers and media in the public gallery.
Bespectacled Meehan, who was brought into court handcuffed to a guard, was flanked by two women dock officers and a man.
He wore a black Manchester United away shirt under a Fila coat.
The 22-year-old supermarket fishmonger is accused of 11 specimen offences of possession of indecent images of children.
It is alleged Meehan, of Moorside Road, Dewsbury Moor, possessed indecent images of children aged between four and 16 graded at levels one to four – on a scale where one is the least serious and five is the most serious.
They were allegedly found on two computers at the family home in Dewsbury where he has lived with Karen Matthews for around five years.
Meehan was arrested on April 2 by officers investigating the disappearance of Shannon.
Shannon vanished on February 19 and was discovered hidden in the base of a bed in a flat in Batley Carr, just one mile from her home in Dewsbury after a 24-day search by police.
Meehan’s uncle, Michael Donovan, 39, of Lidgate Gardens, Batley Carr, has been charged with Shannon’s kidnap and imprisonment.
His trial has been provisionally set for November 11 at Leeds Crown Court.
Karen Matthews, 32, appeared in court on Wednesday charged with child neglect and perverting the course of justice.
She was remanded in custody.
Yesterday, Meehan’s mother Alice, 49, and her daughters Amanda Hyett, 25, and Caroline Meehan, 29, were also arrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice.
All three were later released on bail.