July 24th, 2008

Now’s the Time

Posted in Other Stuff by 200

Now that the Portugese police seem to have closed the file on the search for Madeline McCann, would it be a good time to suggest that the parents, Kate & Gerry McCann are finally prosecuted for child neglect? 

I said at the time, & I stick by it today 14 months later, that if it had been some old slapper from a council estate who had abandoned her 3-year-old to go round the corner on the piss with a group of mates, her feet wouldn’t have touched the custody suite floor.

However sad this whole case is there were 3 people responsible for whatever has befallen little Madeline; the person who took her & the people who left their children alone in a hotel room in a foreign country so they could quaff wine & food with pals.

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  1. Plodnomore says:

    Come on, now. You can’t expect educated GPs to be prosecuted for child neglect. You have to be an uneducated slapper with shedloads of children by different fathers to be accused of that. A bit of irony there, I’m afraid. The problem is that, in line with current social thinking, the McCanns have been held up as victims for too long for CPS to agree to a prosecution (not in the public interest or a fair trial now being highly unlikely). I did read somewhere, forget where, that it was only because they were the parents of a kidnapped child that the local social services didn’t step in and take the other children away for their safety.

    July 23rd, 2008 at 22:50

  2. Blueknight says:

    Whatever anyone says about the UK Police they are second to none when it comes to investigating serious crime. If this case had happened in the UK or if the UK Police had been called in to investigate the case in the beginning, there might be a few more answers and any prosecution of the parents for neglect would been far more likely

    July 24th, 2008 at 01:56

  3. Tony F says:

    I have to agree with Blueknight. I think, unfortunately, the Portuguese police didn’t get a grip on the situation any where as quickly as they should. I appreciate such crimes are extremely rare there, and they would have no one of experience to guide them (Blimey, what does that say about us?)However, as I was not there, and in no way have any real facts about the case (reading our papers is as relevant as any work of fiction), all I can say is I hope that Madeline is safe, well and happy.

    July 24th, 2008 at 19:44

  4. Civ_In_The_City says:

    I also agree with Blueknight. The thing with the serious crime unit, and the likes of special branch too I reckon, is that they are primarily involved with very direct action against their target criminals.

    They aren`t one of these thrown together faddy task forces assigned the job of ensuring that their police service is seen as sufficiently warm and cuddly by all of the communities they serve (if I hear that phrase just one more time I`ll…).

    On the flipside, much of the improvement in the serious crime investigation methods has come from years of clever defence lawyers unearthing smaller and smaller loopholes with which to get their clients off. The public probably have no idea at all the level of detail and extents to which investigations have to go now, not to prove their case but to ensure there`s as little chance as possible of a dangerous scrote getting off on a technicality.

    The McCanns may be very clever middle-class GP`s who made a poor decision, but it took a council estate slapper to think of ‘doing a Maddie’ and faking the abduction of her own child to rake in the sympathy money. I can`t decide which is worse.

    July 24th, 2008 at 22:22

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