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Solicitor bids to prosecute McCanns


Aindriu

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A solicitor attempted to launch a private prosecution against the parents of Madeleine McCann today on grounds of alleged child neglect.

Anthony Bennett faxed an application for a court summons of Gerry and Kate McCann to magistrates in the couple’s home county of Leicestershire this morning.

Full story here
 

TheJudge

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Aindriu said:
A solicitor attempted to launch a private prosecution against the parents of Madeleine McCann today on grounds of alleged child neglect.

Anthony Bennett faxed an application for a court summons of Gerry and Kate McCann to magistrates in the couple’s home county of Leicestershire this morning.

Full story here
He comes across as an attention seeker. He previously did this to Michael Barrymore about drugs being in his house the night of that accident. In any case, the McCanns have broken no laws so he obviously knows he can't be succussful.
 
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Rightly so, their behaviour was appalling. Had the McCann's been a bricky and a hair dresser or, worse still, on the dole; the tabloid press would have crucified them for leaving their children alone to go to the pub. A normal couple would have their children taken into care for doing that in any sane society.
 

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Why under UK law when they were in Portugal? Can that even be done?

Otherwise, whatever the rights or wrongs of prosecuting them, the guy doing it sounds like a self-publicising, busy-body twat.
 

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While the person who is trying to re-ignite his terminally flagging political career can be dismissed as an opportunist the Mc Canns do have questions to answer re their behaviour on the night.
 

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locke said:
Why under UK law when they were in Portugal? Can that even be done?

Otherwise, whatever the rights or wrongs of prosecuting them, the guy doing it sounds like a self-publicising, busy-body twat.
Yes it can. The Childrens and young persons act in England and Wales covers those children whose normal residence is in england or wales even if they are temporarily out of the country. They deserve to be investigated by social services in any case. What they did may not be a criminal act but it bloody well should be.
 

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FFS, Their child was kidnapped and is probably dead.

All parents make mistakes. All parents.
 

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gentleben said:
FFS, Their child was kidnapped and is probably dead.

All parents make mistakes. All parents.
Most sensible parents do NOT leave their children unattended while they go to a bar though do they?
 

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I dont know actually. I dont know most parents and Id say most wouldnt admit to it even if they did. And they were checking the kids every half hour.
 
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Aindriu said:
gentleben said:
FFS, Their child was kidnapped and is probably dead.

All parents make mistakes. All parents.
Most sensible parents do NOT leave their children unattended while they go to a bar though do they?
Quite correct Aindrui. Gentleben's 'oh but they've suffered enough' argument' is pish. If Gerry McCann had been a drunk driver who'd crashed with Maddy in the car and killed her would you be so forgiving of his reckless endangerment? The circumstances differ in the hypothetical scenario but the result is the same; reckless endangerment involving alcohol, neglect and death. The McCanns harbour some level of culpability and guilt whatever way you look at it.
 

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The parents have suffered enough. What good can come out of a prosecution? None.
The family should be left alone to grieve and not be hounded by the press and others.
 

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pheasent plucker said:
Rightly so, their behaviour was appalling. Had the McCann's been a bricky and a hair dresser or, worse still, on the dole; the tabloid press would have crucified them for leaving their children alone to go to the pub. A normal couple would have their children taken into care for doing that in any sane society.
If Mr McCann was a brickie they'd have been holidaying in the Seychelles and their private butler would've been minding the kids.
 

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ulsterfan said:
The parents have suffered enough. What good can come out of a prosecution? None.
The family should be left alone to grieve and not be hounded by the press and others.
The twins can be placed on the 'At risk' register and the parents can be supervised by social services. If they didn't want all this they shouldn't have left them alone sin é
 

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Interesting analysis, no idea how true or not it is...

[video=youtube;70lUwwaz2ns]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=70lUwwaz2ns[/video]
 

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Louth man Martin Smith has confirmed he remains 60-80% sure he saw Gerry McCann carrying a child on the night Madeleine disappeared. Police are keen to talk to the man he saw, who has yet to come forward and identify himself. My report is in @VillageMagIRE today #McCann
 
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