Madeleine McCann: April Jones PR and Robert Murat wants a reconstruction
MADELEINE MCCANN: the sixth anniversary of her vanishing looms. The Express and Star lead with the McCanns, ‘Our Maddie’s parents. Kate and Gerry McCann.
The Star leads with the news that April Jones is in their prayers.
Tracey Kandohla reports on the “low-key” church service to remember Madeleine McCann.
Tearful Kate and Gerry spared a thought for the tragic youngster and her family despite their own heartache.
That’s thoughtful. But why do we have to know it? Why not a silent prayer for the missing child?
Maddie’s great aunt Janet Kennedy lit a candle for April on Friday evening – the day a court heard her mum Coral and dad Paul’s agonising recollections of the night last October when the five-year-old went missing. Janet said: “I am the first here to light a candle to remember April and her parents. This week has been extremely trying for them, to say the least. They are very much in our thoughts.”
The death of April Jones is a horror. But do her grieving parents need a spokesman to place their upset in the context of Madeleine McCann? The Star thinks they do.
As Janet paid tribute, Kate, 45, struggled for composure and was comforted by Gerry. She sobbed as she told a gathering in her home village of Rothley, Leics: “It’s not just the pain of having a missing child, it’s the confusion, uncertainty and living in limbo.”
April Jones’ parents are in court to see Mark Bridger tried for their daughter’s murder. They have a firm idea what happened to her. We do not know what happened to Madeleine McCann. All we know is that she vanished. No-one has been arrested, let alone charged in connection to that vanishing.
Says Gerry McCann:
“Six years…sometimes it feels like yesterday and today it feels like an entire lifetime. It has been a very rocky road for our family and those close to us. But the support we have had from them all and the general public has really kept us going.”
The Express take an entirely different angle, leading with:
“BRING THEM BACK TO PORTUGAL”
ROBERT MURAT today appeals for Scotland Yard to stage a filmed reconstruction of all the events surrounding the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.
But the McCanns have been reluctant to return to Portugal and play their parts in any re-enactment. What says Murat, the man monstered by sections of the British press, as the McCanns were?
“They [the Met Police conducting a review} need to speak to everybody, including myself, and they need to get the Portuguese involved in a much more constructive way. To get somewhere now they need to have a joint team working here together in Praia da Luz. This is where it happened. It didn’t happen in England.
“The reconstruction should cover the critical period just before and after the abduction.”
The Express notes:
When the Judiciaria named the McCanns as suspects, they and their friends chose not to take part in a PJ-led reconstruction. It would be different now that they have been cleared, said Mr Murat.
“A reconstruction is a real necessity. I am sure it would fill in some of the missing pieces of the jigsaw. Even now after all this time, the timeline is still confused.”
“You cannot lose sight of the fact that a child was taken and we need to know what happened to her… I am available to help on the proper legal basis. I think everybody who was around at that time, holidaymakers and people at the Ocean Club, should be interviewed again. The timeline needs to be made crystal clear because there is still so much confusion, such a mess.”
Murat, once described as an “oddball” is now seen anew by Jams Murray:
He brushed back his thick dark brown hair, rubbed his tanned chin…
No mention of his one-eye, a fact the British press once inclouded in almost every report on the innocent man. He is now handsome.
“There is no way to describe the impact this has had on our lives. Six years later it still affects me. I wasn’t able to do much for years and years. It was difficult getting back on the horse, so to speak, and do the stuff I was doing before.”
Such are the facts…
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