An English solicitor, Tony Bennett
, has just been found to have violated court orders to stop publishing allegations of wrongdoing against Kate
and Gerry McCann in respect of the disappearance of their daughter Madeleine. Mr. Bennett has been sentenced to three years imprisonment, suspended
for one year (whatever that means), plus court costs.
His campaign against the McCanns will now come to a complete stop. He says so himself.
I didn't follow Mr. Bennett's campaign. I don't know what allegations he made against the McCanns. I don't make allegations against them. I do comment
and speculate about the oddities of the case and try to think clearly about them and their possible implications.
There are oddities.
The police have stated publicly that they believe there is a chance that Madeleine is still alive. This despite the fact that police sniffer dogs
scented death in the McCann's apartment in Praia da Luz (Ocean Club 5A), an apartment where no human death is known to have occurred, but where one
little girl is known to have vanished.
Isn't that odd? I think it's odd. There must be a reason for it. What is the reason?
There is a family, surname Smith, who were visiting Praia da Luz at the time of Madeleine's disappearance.
They said that, on the very night of the disappearance, at the very time of the disappearnce, they saw someone, who resembled Gerry McCann, carrying a
small blonde girl, who appeared to be sleeping, at some distance from the Ocean Club, where Madeleine and her siblings had been tucked up in bed.
I have read that the daughter of the Smith family, Aoife (ee-fa) Smith, is the only family member to have gotten a look at the face of the man
carrying the child.
Aoife has never done an E-fit drawing of that man, that has been made available to the public, that I am aware of.
Isn't that odd? What could be the reason for that?
At 12:01 AM BST 04 May 2007
, on the Telegraph website, in the UK, this story appeared:
Three year-old feared abducted in Portugal
By staff and agencies
12:01AM BST 04 May 2007
. . .
A three-year-old British girl has gone missing while on a family holiday in Portugal, the Foreign Office said today.
Portuguese police are investigating the disappearance from a holiday complex in Praia da Luz in the western Algarve.
A Foreign Office spokesman said that he understood the girl's parents had gone to have dinner once their children were asleep last night, but returned
to check on them only to find the girl had gone missing.
"They reported it straight away," he said, adding that consular assistance was being offered.
Am I the only one who thinks this story is odd?
Let's leave aside the fact that the story must have been given to the Telegraph by a Foreign Office spokesperson less than two hours after Madeleine
as having gone missing.
Let's leave aside the (to me at least) odd fact that the Foreign Office issued a statement at all
in this case. Surely the Portugese Policia
Judiciaria or Interpol ought to have been issuing statements.
The really odd thing about the statement issued by the Foreign Office is that there is no description of the missing child!!!
Now, I know, everybody knows, that Great Britain is not what it used to be. but it is still a "great power"
. Isn't it? . . . ????
A foreign Office statement about a missing child
, and no description of the missing child!?!?!?!
I'm sorry for the above paragraph. I'm just a hack writer. Jonathan Swift, were he still alive, would be needed to do adequate justice to that
Would it be too much to inquire who left the description of the child out of the statement?
How long can one carry a dead child before one becomes aware that it is dead?
If one is to believe that the Smith family actually saw the abductor of Madeleine McCann carrying her at a distance from the Ocean Club, it would
appear the answer to the above question is "quite a distance".
Maybe it is.
That's what must have happened, if that was the abductor seen by the Smiths and if the story that Kate and Gerry are telling is true, . . . and,
most crucially, if the sniffer dogs actually did scent death in Ocean Club 5A
An abductor wouldn't continue to carry a child that was dead, would he?
If he had scooped up an inert child, injured during a chase around the apartment, not knowing she was dead, surely, in all but the most unlikely set
of circumstances, he would set down the body the moment he realized the child was dead, in some convenient corner.
would carry a dead body around with him, in the open, would he?
I've never done a comparison carry. My ex-girlfriend got really drunk one night and I noticed, in bed, that she slept like a dead log. She didn't seem
the same. She was breathing but she seemed dead. Different from normal. I put my arm around her. It was different. I noticed right away.
Very odd. I think I could tell within a minute or so that something was wrong, if I were carrying a small dead body. Wouldn't you notice that?
Carrying a dead body.
Was Madeleine alive if or when she was seen by the Smiths? Could Madeleine still be alive?
If the dogs were right, the story would be completely different, but it would appear that the police do not believe the dog's indications. Martin
Grime's association with the Leicestershire Police ended in 2007.
Very perplexing situation.
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