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Woman Pleads Guilty To Facebook Harassment
A woman has pleaded guilty to using Facebook to harass the family of a girl who went missing from a British army base in Germany more than 30 years ago.
Donna Wright, 33, from Spennymoor, County Durham, admitted to sending messages to the family of Katrice Lee on the social networking site.
Wright claimed to be the girl, who went missing in November 1981, and then continued to harass the family even after a DNA test had proved she was not.
Outside court, Katrice's father Richard Lee, 63, said: "We want a conclusion because we have put up with this since September 2011 and my family has gone through hell.
"She wanted her 15 minutes of fame on the tragedy of my family."
Wright appeared by video link at Newton Aycliffe Magistrates' Court where District Judge Martin Walker said she would be sentenced next month.
Mr Lee, who was stationed with the 15th/19th The King's Royal Hussars in Germany, said he felt the system had not come down on his side.
"What I cannot understand is that it seems to me that the system is helping the perpetrator and what was said in court has nothing to do with the abuse that was sent to my family," he said.
"If you can use false names repeatedly it's not the mark of someone who is unwell. My family's feelings have not been taken into account."
He also described how he felt at the time when his daughter went missing from a food store near the military base, and how he continues to hold onto hope that she may still be found.
"She went missing from an unfenced barracks with one road in and one road out and just 20 yards away was a college," he said.
"The college had an open day and there was eight times the number of people and traffic than usual. It was absolutely horrendous, there were people going in and out trying to get away on Christmas leave.
"I have always believed that she was taken as a surrogate child or sold for profit to someone that could not have children.
"I have to hold onto hope otherwise I could not go on. It's the one thing they cannot take away from you, I have got to have hope.
"People are often coming forward in the news to try and find their family and those cases recharge my batteries."