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Woman admits impersonating missing toddler online

Heidi Robinson admitted posing as Katrice Lee

Heidi Robinson admitted posing as Katrice Lee (Picture: PA)

A woman has admitted posing as a missing toddler online, causing ‘distress’ to those who knew her.

Heidi Robinson, 40, pretended to be Katrice Lee, who vanished in Germany on her second birthday.

She was last seen on November 28, 1981, on the outskirts of Paderborn near the British military base where her father Richard was stationed.

Robinson pleaded guilty to a malicious communications offence after impersonating the girl on the internet.

She appeared at Wirral Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday where she admitted using a public communications network to send a message that was grossly offensive, indecent or menacing on November 3 last year.

The case was adjourned until October 30 for a pre-sentence report to be prepared, which District Judge Nicholas Sanders said should include information on the defendant’s mental health.

Undated handout file photo issued by Missing People of Katrice Lee, who disappeared from a supermarket near a British military base in Paderborn, Germany, on November 28 in 1981, her second birthday. Specialist teams have been searching a house in the Moredon area of Swindon, in connection with her disappearance. PA Photo. Picture date: Wednesday September 25, 2019. Her father Richard has said the arrest of a person in connection with her disappearance 38 years ago has made it "feel raw". She was out shopping with her mother Sharon at the Naafi store, near to where her father Richard, a soldier, was stationed. See PA story POLICE Katrice. Photo credit should read: Missing People/PA Wire

Katrice Lee, who disappeared from a supermarket near a British military base (Picture: PA)

Dated: 25/09/2019 Katrice Lee, who vanished from a supermarket near a British Army base in Paderborn, Germany on her second birthday in 1981. Her father Richard Lee has been speaking after an arrest was made in Swindon earlier this week, 38 years after her disappearance. This picture shows an age progression image of Katrice showing how she might have looked in recent years. See story and VIDEO by North News

An age progression image of Katrice showing how she might have looked in recent years (Picture: NNP)

The judge said: ‘Clearly at the time you were not very well but, on the other hand, what you have now admitted to also caused some very real distress to people in this matter.’

Robinson, of East Way in Moreton, was given unconditional bail.

Richard Lee, from Hartlepool, revealed in March that someone had been impersonating his daughter on social media and a woman would appear in court.

He has been critical of the Royal Military Police’s initial investigation into his daughter’s disappearance.

Last month, military police arrested a man in connection with her disappearance and began searching a terraced house in Swindon, Wiltshire.

The man was later released without charge.



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