August 2018: Now living in Ruislip, West London
Update: Now on Facebook under the name Adelle Donnison – Living in Lincoln
Killer mother who let her daughter die alone in locked flat above a pub walked free just four years into 12-year sentence – and ‘visited Downing Street on day release’
A killer mother who let her three-year-old daughter die malnourished and alone was allowed out of prison just four years after she was jailed for 12 years, it emerged today.
Sabrina Hirst allowed little Tiffany Wright to die in a squalid bedroom and, according to the judge who sentenced her, seemed to care more about her dogs than her daughter.
Despite being sentenced to 12 years for Tiffany’s manslaughter in 2008, Hirst was allowed out just four years later and even visited Downing Street while on day release, it was reported today.
Tiffany had been dead for about two days when she was found in a room above the Scarborough Arms in Upperthorpe, Sheffield in 2007.
Police were called after a pub disco ended on a Sunday night and it emerged Hirst had not checked on the youngster since the previous Friday morning.
Police and paramedics found the little girl in a filthy bed in a beetle-infested room, her body covered in insect bites ‘looking like a porcelain doll with sunken eyes’, a court later heard.
Hirst admitted responsibility for the death and was jailed in 2008 for what trial judge, Recorder Alan Goldsack QC, called ‘about as bad a case of child manslaughter as there can be’.
It emerged this morning that Hirst – who has since changed her name to Adelle Shaw – was allowed out on day release just four years later.
She was then freed on licence in 2013 after serving half of her sentence, after time she had spent on remand before trial was taken into account.
After hooking up with new boyfriend, RAF airman, she was even admitted to Downing Street to have her picture taken outside the famous door of Number 10.
It is believed the couple got through security at the famous street using Mr Donnison’s military ID.
The paper reported Hirst now works for a youth support charity in London, where she commutes from her home in Lincoln.
Former friends told the paper her early release was a ‘disgrace’ and claimed she is fooling people with her new life.
At Hirst’s trial in 2008, prosecutor Jeremy Richardson QC said: ‘Tiffany had not been seen for about a week by anyone other than her mother before her body was discovered. Much of the time her mother didn’t feed Tiffany properly or at all.’
The judge told her: ‘One almost unbelievable piece of evidence is that on what was probably Tiffany’s last day alive, you were discussing on the phone concerns you had about one of your dog’s weight and feeding problems.’
A pathologist said Tiffany’s bones showed evidence of significant periods of malnutrition between periods when she had been fed.
Mother jailed for 12 years after leaving her ‘porcelain doll’ daughter, three, to starve to death in beetle-infested room
Tiffany’ s mother Sabrina Hirst, left, has been jailed for 12 years while her husband Robert Hirst has been imprisoned for five
The mother of a three-year-old girl who starved to death showed more concern for the family’s pet dog.
Tiffany Wright was left neglected and unloved to die alone locked in a squalid bedroom above the pub run by her mother and stepfather.
Yesterday Sabrina Hirst, 22, was jailed for 12 years after admitting the manslaughter of her daughter.
Her husband Robert, 44, was jailed for five years after admitting child cruelty and neglect.
Recorder Alan Goldsack QC said it was ‘about as bad a case of child manslaughter as there can be’.
He told Sabrina Hirst: ‘One almost unbelievable piece of evidence is that on what was probably Tiffany’s last day alive, you were discussing on the phone concerns you had about one of your dog’s weight and feeding problems.
‘Most members of the public will find it impossible to understand how you can treat your child this way.’
While Tiffany was dying upstairs, her mother was caught on CCTV in the pub expressing concern about one of her dogs not getting enough vitamins and not putting on weight.
Her barrister Andrew Robertson QC said. ‘It is inexplicable. Her whole priorities have been utterly distorted. Her priority seems to have been given to the dog.’
Tiffany had been dead for about two days before her mother called police to the Scarbrough Arms in Upperthorpe, Sheffield.
It was when the pub had closed after a disco in the early hours of Sunday, September 30 last year. Her mother had not checked on her since 7am on Friday.
Police and paramedics found the little girl in a filthy bed in a beetle-infested room, her body covered in insect bites ‘looking like a porcelain doll with sunken eyes’.
A room where the family dogs were kept was full of excrement and urine.
The stench was unbearable, even for experienced staff used to finding filthy homes.
Tiffany’s mother and stepfather were originally accused of murder but the charges were reduced.
Hirst, who was eight months pregnant when Tiffany died, and her husband also pleaded guilty to cruelty against a one-year-old child at Sheffield Crown Court.
She sobbed as prosecutor Jeremy Richardson QC said: ‘The circumstances are truly appalling.
‘Tiffany had not been seen for about a week by anyone other than her mother before her body was discovered.
‘Much of the time her mother didn’t feed Tiffany properly or at all.’
A pathologist said her bones showed evidence of significant periods of malnutrition between periods when she had been fed.