A FORMER family friend of abducted schoolgirl Shannon Matthews was today told she would stand trial at crown court accused of benefit fraud of more than £43,000.
Amanda Hyett,the sister of Shannon's mother Karen's ex-partner Craig Meehan, appeared at Dewsbury Magistrates' Court charged with seven counts of benefit fraud.
Hyett, 27,of King Edward Street,Thornhill Lees, is accused of failing to declare she was living with her husband, Neil, when claiming benefits and keeping money wrongfully paid into her account.
Hyett, wearing a cream, short-sleeved jumper and jeans, attended court with her husband and spoke only to confirm her name, address and date-of-birth during the brief committal hearing.
Magistrates told Hyett her case was being committed to Leeds Crown Court for trial.
Full story in Thursday's Examiner.