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Madeleine McCann: Barrister says he knows where Maddie is (road sweepers scoff)

by | 6th, October 2013

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MADELEINE McCann: Anorak’s look at the missing child in the news. As the McCanns pursue Goncalo Amaral for libel damages in Portugal, the British press publishes a welter of new Maddie news. Yesterday, the police told us that the child could have been stolen by a burglar. The Met offered no proof to support its theory. No evidence. She she could have been stolen by a burglar who seems to have taken nothing else from that holiday apartment, right?

Today the Mirror has more amazing news. Yesterday, it said Maddie had been taken by paedos. Today it thunders from its front page:

New Madeleine McCann sensation: Witness tells barrister he saw girl ALIVE just weeks ago

And he waited this long to tell us? Maybe this man of law was studying the evidence?

A shaken barrister has told police how a man boasted to him that he had seen missing Madeleine McCann just weeks ago.

Why was he shaken?

In a sensational development the witness said he was stunned when the man confessed he had met the girl on a ­Mediterranean island.

Confessed? This unnamed man’s a suspect?

The conversation took place at a party and breaking down in tears, the lawyer, who we are not naming, said: “I can’t tell you exactly why I believe what I was being told. It was just a gut feeling.”

Still need more facts? Isn’t an anonymous man’s gut feeling of another anonymous man’s story enough?

The witness added: “I knew that by reporting it, it would ­compromise me in all sorts of ways. But it was something that I couldn’t ignore. If I hadn’t said anything I couldn’t have lived with myself.”

He’s now a witness? But he never saw her. What did he witness?

He said he was convinced the confession was genuine, despite many other people coming forward with unconfirmed sightings and false leads since she disappeared in Portugal, aged three on May 3, 2007.

Many of them were convinced.

When asked exactly what it was about the description he was given that forced him to act, the lawyer said: “I have told the police ­everything that I was told about her. They know what that was and that is why they have acted. I was able to be a bit more specific than just the island but I haven’t been able to tell them exactly where the man said she was. I am now terrified that she has been moved elsewhere.”

Would the police be failing Maddie if they were not right now combing this island?

The confession was made at a party in the North West of England in August and the lawyer gave a full statement to his local force, Greater Manchester Police, the following day.

Confession?

According to a source, the informant is being treated as a credible witness because of his profession as a barrister and a pillar of the community. He has been in contact with detectives within the last few days as they act on his crucial statement.

Police take him seriously because he’s a barrister and not, say, a road worker, journalist, reggae singer or builder. If he were a doctor would they take him more of less seriously? Is there a pecking order of truth?

That this news should feature as Goncalo Amaral is telling a Portuguese court he thinks the child is dead – and the McCanns are fighting to say that he is wrong (he has no proof) – seems coincidental.

The Mirror adds:

Our revelation comes as parents Kate and Gerry revealed their hope their daughter would be found thanks to new evidence uncovered by a separate police probe. The couple will appear live on BBC’s ­Crimewatch on October 14 to plead for ­information about their daughter’s ­abduction.

BBC Crimewatch editor Joe Mather said:

“We’ve been working very closely with the Metropolitan Police on a new Madeleine McCann appeal for several months. We’re very hopeful that this major reconstruction along with the ­substantial new lines of enquiry will prompt viewers with vital information to get in touch with the officers in studio on the night of the programme.”

The reconstruction should help.



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