Two women admit child kidnap plot

Two women have admitted conspiracy to kidnap a child.

Dr Anke Hill (50) of Llanfaethlu and Jane Going-Hill (59) of Holyhead pleaded guilty following an alleged abduction in the Gaerwen area last month.

Three women and two men will go on trial next summer after pleading not guilty to similar charges.

An eighth defendant connected with the case died in jail while he was on remand.

Mold Crown Court heard the group were accused of plotting the alleged kidnap on 4 November. The child, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was safely recovered by police on the M1 in Northamptonshire later that evening.

The five defendants facing trial are:

  • Edward Stevenson (68) and his wife Janet (66) of Crawley, West Sussex
  • Wilfred Wong (55) of Camden, North London, who also denies possessing a knife
  • Kristine Ellis-Petley (58) of Holyhead
  • Karren Natasha Sawford (47) of Holyhead

Judge Rhys Rowlands told Dr Hill and Ms Going-Hill that they would not be sentenced until the outcome of the trial – but they will attract credit for their guilty pleas.

Last month, the body of Ms Going-Hill’s partner Robert Frith was found at HMP Berwyn in Wrexham. An ombudsman’s investigation is continuing into the death of the former psychiatric nurse.

The trial, expected to last for up for three weeks, is due to be held at Caernarfon Crown Court on Monday 28th June 2021 – although it could be moved to Monday 9th August, depending on availability.

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