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Madeleine McCann: The Third Summer of Maddy

by | 25th, May 2009

maddy-hewlettIT’S the media’s Third Summer of Madeleine McCann – and the current subject is Raymond Hewlett

Mirror (front page): “TRACE HIS CALLS.”

Ryan Parry and Stephen Moyes are in Aachen, Germany, where Raymond Hewlett is undergoing treatment for throat cancer.

Madeleine McCann cops ask couple who raised alarm about paedophile Ray Hewlett if they have his mobile number

Well, do you have the private phone number of the creepy man? And why did he give it to you?

The couple who raised the alarm about paedophile Ray Hewlett told yesterday how detectives who interviewed them asked: “Do you still have his mobile number.”

Alan and Cindy Thompson were questioned for three hours at the weekend by officers from Leicestershire Police’s Madeleine McCann task force.

Cindy, who handed over the foreign number, said yesterday: “The detective who interviewed me asked for Ray’s number. He didn’t say what they’ll do with it, I just hope it helps in some way.”

Phone records are useful:

The records will show which mobile phone masts Hewlett’s phone connected to on specific dates. The information may help officers track Hewlett’s movements the night Madeleine went missing and over the following days.

The Sun: “DNA test on perv Maddie suspect

WANTED paedophile Raymond Hewlett is to undergo a DNA test to establish whether he was involved in the kidnapping of Madeleine McCann.

The police swab test just about anyone. What’s one more?

The 64-year-old convicted child rapist was living near the Algarve resort of Praia da Luz when Maddie vanished two years ago. Detectives working for Maddie’s parents Kate and Gerry are due to arrive today in Aachen, Germany, where cancer-stricken Hewlett is in hospital.

The ex-cops have no formal powers to make Hewlett co-operate, and are relying on him talking voluntarily.

Throat-cancer patient made to talk! And that’s right – private citizens want to swab a man, whose innocent must be presumed.

But a spokesman for Aachen police last night confirmed the public prosecutor will make the decision to give Hewlett a DNA test in the next few days.

Indeed. If he is a genuine suspect, the police can deal with him. And if he’s in hospital – which he is – surely he has given blood and been subject to all manner of tests?

Kate and Gerry’s official spokesman Clarence Mitchell tells us:

“Mr Hewlett has denied any involvement in Madeleine’s abduction. Our investigators hope he will co-operate by giving them whatever information is needed so they can eliminate him from the investigation. It’s clear the man is ill and it is clear he has information that our investigators need.”

Is it clear that he has information – really? Or is it just a suspicion, a hunch, a feeling?

West Yorkshire police want to quiz Hewlett over a 1975 sex attack and have asked German authorities for help. The pervert is also wanted for questioning over the murder of Lesley Molseed, 11, in the same year in Rochdale, Lancs.

He did not kill Lesley Molseed. So why mention it? Hewlett has form, having raped a 12-year-old girl and held a gun to a teenager’s head. But what evidence linking him to Our Maddie?

Manchester Evening News: More from Clarence Mitchell:

“He denies he has anything to do with Madeleine’s abduction. If that’s the case, it’s very much in his interests that he speaks to Kate and Gerry’s investigators to help them eliminate him.

Why is it in Hewlett’s interests to speak with the McCanns’ detectives?

“However, until they speak to him and have been able to clarify his movements around the time of Madeleine’s abduction then he will remain one lead amongst several that the investigators are currently pursuing.”

Point the finger, tell the media and make people prove their innocence. And this is justice how?

Daily Express:

Hewlett’s German common-law wife, Mariana Schmuecker, said she was standing by him but refused to discuss the case.

She said: “My husband has nothing to do with little Madeleine. He is innocent.”

Ms Schmuecker refused to say where she and Hewlett were on May 3, 2007, when Madeleine McCann vanished from an apartment at the Ocean Club complex in Portugal’s Algarve.

And the mother-of-six has demanded protection from police as news of Hewlett’s sordid past has begun to emerge.

She shouted: “If anyone comes near me or my children I am going to call the police.”

Paedo! Is harrassing mum-of-six fair?

A youth club worker said: “No one really knows the family. They have moved into the flat recently and they do not talk.

“There are many children in the area.

“There is a kindergarten across the road, a play ground behind the block and a youth club around the corner.”

Daily Mail: “Monster boasted he knew Maddie resort Praia da Luz ‘very well’2

Daily Mirror: “Paedo Raymond Hewlett admits visiting Madeleine holiday flats”

Paedo’s shock confession to holiday couple: ‘I know Madeleine resort very well..I’ve parked near flat several times.’

We don’t hear when Hewlett parked near flats in a holiday resort. Only that he has done.

And then Simon Wright digs up this gem:

And last night a man who shared a Morocco campsite with Hewlett and his family for three months described how the drifter was obsessed with the missing youngster.

Obsessed – like the, er, Daily Mirror is?

Speaking exclusively to the Sunday Mirror, former Scots Guard Peter Verran, 46, revealed how Hewlett, his German wife Mariana, 33, and their six children arrived at the campsite where he was holidaying in Chefchaaouen in a battered Dodge truck. It was May 2007 – shortly after Madeleine’s disappearance…

“He seemed like an old hippy traveller who had dropped out,” said Peter, who runs an internet business selling antiques and collectibles from his home in Fowey, Cornwall.

Such are the facts.

“We got talking at the toilet block. He brought Madeleine up straight away. He said his three-year-old daughter looked like her. He was worried that because there had been reports that Madeleine may have been spirited away to Morocco, people might think his child was her. Then he suddenly said, ‘Madeleine’s not in Morocco’.”

Man talks about Our Maddie!

“I asked him what he meant and he said he knew Praia Da Luz really well. He knew the Ocean Club complex where the McCanns had been staying. He said he’d been there many times and had often parked his van close to the apartment.

“He said he knew the layout of the place, the flat and the restaurant where the McCanns and their friends had been eating when Maddie disappeared. He had a lot of detail about the layout. He said there was no way that the child could be taken without the parents seeing. He said they were lying.”

So Hewlett’s not only a suspect but also an ex-pat who knows the scene well? And he has a theory. And with form he might know about the paedo scene?

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