Wednesday, 19 September 2007

Steve Bird and Patrick Foster: The McCann couple “have expressed fears that Portuguese detectives are attempting to frame them for Madeleine’s death.”

From Times Online
September 18, 2007
We can explain Madeleine's DNA in our car, say parents
Steve Bird in Portimao and Patrick Foster

Portuguese detectives investigating the disappearance of Madeleine McCann are expected in Leicester tomorrow, hours after it was claimed that her parents believe they can demolish all the evidence being laid against them. Their expected arrival comes after the McCanns were told by lawyers and forensic scientists that evidence against them is too weak to secure a conviction and can be explained by cross-contamination of material linked to their daughter.

A source close to the family said tonight that they can show how the samples got into the car. He said that Madeleine’s clothes and other belongings had been carried in the Renault Scenic when the family moved house.
These included a pair of pyjamas which Madeleine had worn on the holiday, a pair of her flip-flops and nappies used by Madeleine’s twin brother and sister before her disappearance on May 3. A family source said: “Who is to say what happened when they moved to the new villa? The seats were ripped out and everything including Madeleine’s sandals and the twins’ nappies were dumped in the car — which would have included traces of skin, sweat and bodily fluids.”
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The couple have expressed fears that Portuguese detectives are attempting to frame them for Madeleine’s death. The police have been heavily criticised for failing to find any evidence of Madeleine’s fate and have been under intense political pressure from Lisbon and London. A family source said that the couple had received no notification that they were to be reinterviewed.

Mrs McCann spoke publicly for the first time yesterday since returning home to Rothley, Leicestershire, a week last Sunday. “We are not seeking to run,” she said. adding:She added: “There are lots of reasons, both spiritual, emotional and social, for us to return to Portugal at any time.”

The couple’s legal team are scouring Portuguese newspapers to show that the police have waged a campaign to smear their reputation. Clarence Mitchell, the couple’s spokesman, hopes that the legal team will prove that the reports show the couple have been “set up”.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Why would the portuguese police want to frame them? I mean, this is a serious accusation. And why? To cover up their incompitence? Yeah right.

Michelle said...

I am so tire of people saying the Police are framing the McCann's. They act as if this is the only time in the history of the world that a Police Force would have an unsolved case. I mean, the eyes of the world are staring straight at them. If they were going to frame someone, why pick two people, of means, who have connections that are seemingly endless. Why not Murat?
Things dont add up in this case and all the spin that keeps being fed to the public, is only adding to muddy the waters, ad distract from what should be the one and only focus- finding Mdeleine.

Linda said...

Ridiculous to suggest the Portuguese police are trying to frame them - absurd.

Now they claim the DNA came from dirty Nappies of the twins they tossed in the trunk of the car - are these disposable Nappies? No one would keep dirty disposable Nappies and toss them in the back of the car - she washes Cuddle Cat and takes dirty Nappies to her new Villa - what am I missing here?

Anonymous said...

What about this ?

'Madeleine's gone, Madeleine's gone' - what Kate REALLY said the moment she disappeared
...and what really happened THAT night in Praia de Luz

Last updated at 12:14pm on 20th September 2007

•'McCanns were so distraught they couldn't have faked it'

The exact words of Kate McCann in the moments after her daughter disappeared are revealed today for the first time.

Sources close to the McCanns said Madeleine's mother ran back to the tapas bar where the parents were dining shouting: "Madeleine's gone, Madeleine's gone."

Crucially, the new account is significantly different fromthe version given to Portuguese police who are understood to believe Mrs McCann yelled, "they've taken her, they've taken her" as she ran from the family apartment.

Detectives on the Algarve are understood to view this as suspicious because it indicated that Mrs McCann had already ruled out the possibility of Madeleine wandering off, and to regard as possible evidence that she was already engaged in a cover-up.

Witnesses have said, however, Mrs McCann reacted with such horror that they are convinced she could not have faked it.

They also insist that both the child's parents were so utterly distraught it would be impossible for them to have killed the three-year-old several hours earlier.

A source close to the family criticised Portuguese police for making the McCanns official suspects in the case - before speaking to the seven friends on holiday with the couple about whether the McCanns could have faked their distress so convincingly.

The source, who did not wish to be named, said today: "It is farcical that detectives could even make Kate and Gerry suspects without speaking to witnesses at the time. Throughout all of this the police have never come back and asked eyewitnesses whether they could be faking it.

"It's a farce. They were so distressed and distraught there is no way anybody could act like that. Even in a movie, nobody could fake it like that. Their suffering was completely real."

Investigations by the the Evening Standard newspaper have put together the most detailed account yet of events on the night Madeleine went missing from the apartment in Praia da Luz on 3 May.

According to the Standard, the McCanns had not locked the patio door when leaving Madeleine and her twin siblings Sean and Amelie asleep to eat at a tapas bar nearby.

Window shutters had been opened in Madeleine's bedroom, indicating another route through which an abductor may have entered the apartment.

A child spotted being carried away from the scene was not covered in a blanket as previously reported but was wearing pyjamas matching those worn by Madeleine.

Mrs McCann's reaction on discovering Madeleine had vanished at 10pm was of utter despair.

Mrs McCann raced from the apartment to the tapas bar, screaming: "Madeleine's gone. Madeleine's gone."

Mr McCann also became distressed and the couple were sobbing and screaming. The source said: "Eyewitnesses are convinced there is absolutely no way they could have been faking it. It would be absolutely impossible."

The group - Matthew and Rachael Oldfield, David and Fiona Payne and her mother Dianne Webster, and Russell O'Brien and his partner Jane Tanner - were interviewed by police in the immediate aftermath of Madeleine's disappearance and again about a week later.

But none has ever been asked by the Policia Judiciaria, the police force investigating the case, if they believe Mr and Mrs McCann could have killed their daughter earlier in the evening and pretended they only discovered she had gone missing at 10pm.

The source described Mrs McCann as a brilliant mother, adding: "Kate was never hysterical with the kids. She is a great mother. She is really organised. It never got too much for her."

Sobbing McCanns were so distraught they couldn't have faked it, say friends

For the first time the events as they unfolded on the day Madeleine went missing have also been revealed.

The children in the party were dropped at the Mark Warner creche in the morning - as they were on every day of the week-long holiday - and picked up at midday.

It is understood the McCanns then took Madeleine and the twins for a picnic lunch and they spent time at the beach and at the pool of the Ocean Club.

At 5.30pm, Mr McCann took part in a social tennis event inside the complex with the other men in the group, all doctors who had first met while working in a hospital together in Leicester.

Meanwhile, the children in the group ate their supper at the Paraiso restaurant close to the beach at Praia da Luz with their parents. The McCanns and their children were not present.

Mr and Mrs McCann were next seen in the tapas bar, where the group dined each evening during the holiday.

They were first at the table, arriving at 8.40pm, and joined by the Oldfields at 8.45pm with the rest of the party following. Mr McCann made his first check on his children at 9.05pm and Mr Oldfield volunteered to go on behalf of the McCanns at 9.30pm.

He entered the apartment through the unlocked patio doors but rather than entering the children's bedroom listened for any noise at the door.

Mr Oldfield could see the twins asleep in their cots sideby-side but Madeleine's bed was out of sight. In fact, the McCanns and their friends believe that by 9.30pm, Madeleine had already been abducted.

A man carrying a child was spotted by Ms Tanner at about 9.15pm walking away from the apartment and in the direction of the villa where Robert Murat, the only other named suspect in the case, lives with his mother.

The source said the friends are convinced Ms Tanner saw Madeleine because she described the pyjamas the girl was wearing before being told the description of those worn by Madeleine.

The source said it was astonishing the McCanns had now been made suspects, based on forensic evidence taken from the apartment and from a hire car rented by the couple 25 days after Madeleine vanished.