Kidnap case: Burnley woman pleads guilty

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A WOMAN from Burnley has pleaded guilty to assisting in the kidnap of housing manager Paul Brady.

Stacia Crossley (28), of Padiham Road, admitted the charge at Manchester Crown Court today and will be sentenced on April 19th. Last month, she was tried for assisting an offender, but the jury failed to reach a verdict.

During that same trial, her boyfriend Paul Devalda (35), also of Padiham Road, was found guilty of kidnapping and murdering Mr Brady, whose body has never been found. He was sentenced to life in prison and was told that he must serve a minimum of 21 years before he will be considered for parole. He was also sentenced to 14 years for kidnap but this will run concurrent.

Mr Brady (44), of Rochdale, was kidnapped from the Beaufort Road area of Weir, Bacup, on Saturday, August 1st 2009.