Missing toddler’s sister – ‘I hope justice is served’

Katrice Lee
Katrice Lee
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CRUEL and sickening – that’s how the sister of a missing toddler has described a woman who admitted harassing their father.

Natasha Lee’s comments come after Donna Wright, 34, from County Durham, admitted breaching a restraining order handed to her last year for harassing two-year-old Katrice Lee’s Gosport family.

As reported, Katrice then aged two, went missing in Paderborn, Germany, in 1981.

Wright was banned from contacting the family last March after harassing them.

As revealed in The News, she turned nasty when posing as Katrice on Facebook when a DNA test showed she wasn’t.

Wright, 34, called Katrice’s father Richard Lee, on December 2 last year, ringing him at 11.45pm and several times after that, despite the restraining order.

She will be sentenced on June 4 to allow for pre-sentence and psychiatric reports to be produced.

Natasha, 39, of Gosport, said: ‘It’s a really cruel act. It’s sickening.

‘For somebody to do such a terrible thing – I don’t think I can put it into words.

‘I’d like to say I feel a sense of relief in some respect but I’m really, really nervous.

‘My only hope from the sentencing is that justice is served. It’s been a really traumatic experience. I hope we never have to go through it again.

‘It’s bad enough losing your sister, then to have somebody start up a really cruel campaign is almost like hatred toward us.’

Wright, from Oak Terrace, West Cornforth, County Durham, was last year sentenced to a 12-week jail term suspended for 18 months for harassing Natasha and Katrice’s mother Sharon, also of Gosport.

After eight court hearings and sacking her solicitor previously, Wright has now admitted also harassing 64-year-old Mr Lee, from Hartlepool, after conclusive phone records were produced.

District Judge Martin Walker who dealt with her last March will sentence her for the fresh harassment charge.

Viv Waugh, defending, told Newton Aycliffe Magistrates’ Court his client had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and may have a personality disorder and is undergoing psychiatric treatment.

Mr Lee said: ‘She is not a fool.

‘She has manipulated the system, and as far as I am concerned she is a nasty individual.’