“You weren’t lying… I love you to bits”: Karen Matthews reunites with friend who helped jail her

Former neighbour Julie Bushby came face to face with Matthews during a reunion this week

Karen Matthews came face to face with the woman who helped police put her behind bars. 

Matthews, 43, told her: “I don’t hate you. You weren’t lying, just saying it as it was. In fact, I love you to bits.”

Julie helped to get Matthews to confess to her part in daughter Shannon’s 2008 disappearance.

As Matthews, who served four years of an eight-year jail sentence, met her in a park at the weekend, she said: “She’s been my friend from day one and she’s the only one who didn’t betray me when others did. I don’t hate her at all for it.