Manchester

Woman told to give up £600,000 Littleborough mansion

The former girlfriend of a drug smuggler has been told to hand over a £600,000 mansion she knew had been paid for by crime.

Daniella Green, 36, had taken over the home on Higher Starring Lane, Littleborough, which was built after she bought the land in 2003.

Police said Green, of Marfield Avenue, Oldham, knew the property "was built on the foundations of criminality".

She admitted at Manchester Crown Court to the retention of criminal property.

Green was the girlfriend of David Statham, who was jailed in 2001 after admitting importing drugs.

She took over running the property after Statham's death in a quad bike accident in 2006.

The court ordered Green to pay £535,000 within a year or face jail. She was also given a six-months jail term, suspended for two years.

The property, built in 2005, was originally valued at £1.2m but is now thought to be worth about £600,000.

Det Con John Conroy said: "Not only did Daniella Green have full knowledge of Statham's criminality, and not only did it provide her with a lavish lifestyle, she acquired this property knowing that it represented criminal property and indeed took it after his death.

"This house may be made up of bricks and mortar, but it was built on the foundations of criminality. I hope it reassures the public that it will now need to be sold, and the money raised will be reinvested into our communities."

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