Saturday, February 25, 2012

Martin Smith :Additional Statement From Martin Smith 2008.01.30

Processos, Volume XVI, pgs. 4129 to 4414
4135 to 4139—Additional statement from Martin Smith 2008.01.30 (English)

Detective Branch
County Lough

Re – Investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann

I took an additional statement from Mr Smith as requested. His wife does not want to make another statement. I showed him the video clip and he stated that it was not the clip that alerted him but the BBC news at 10 PM on 9th September 2007.

He has been contacted by numerous tabloid press looking for stories.
He has been contacted by Mr Brian Kennedy who is supporting the McCann family to take part in a photo fit exercise.
He has given no stories or helped in any photo fits.
He sent a solicitor’s letter to six papers in relation material that was printed that was misquoted.
The Evening Herald paid his solicitor’s fees and all papers printed an apology. His photograph appeared in another tabloid paper and this matter is being pursued at the moment.

I do not believe that Martin Smith is courting the press and my view his is a genuine person. He is known locally and is a very decent person.

Forwarded please


Liam Hogan

I hereby declare that this statement is true to the best of my knowledge and belief and that I make it knowing that if it is tendered in evidence I will be liable to prosecution if i state in it anything which I know to be false or do not believe to be true.

I would like to state that the statement I made on 26th May 2007 in Portugal is correct.
The description of the individual that I saw on 3rd May 2007 carrying a child is as follows.
He was average build, 5 foot 10” in height, brown hair cut short, aged 40 years approximately.
Wearing beige trousers and darkish top maybe a jacket or blazer.
He had a full head of hair with a tight cut.
This individual was alone.
 I saw Gerard McCann (sic) going down the plane stairs carrying one of his children on 9th September 2007 BBC news at 10 PM, I have been shown the video clip by Sergeant Hogan which I recognise.
A clip I have seen before on the Internet.
In relation to the video clips of Gerard McCann and the person I saw on 3rd May 2007 when I saw the BBC news at 10 PM on 9th September 2007 something struck me that it could have been the same person.
It was the way Gerard McCann turned his head down which was similar to what the individual did on 3rd May 2007 when we met him.
It may have been the way he was carrying the child either.
I would be 60-80% sure that it was Gerard McCann that I met that night carrying a child.
I am basing that on his mannerism in the way he carried the child off the plane.
After seeing the BBC news at 10 PM, footage on the 9th September 2007 I contacted Leicestershire police with this information.
During that time I spoke to all my family members who were with me on the night of 3rd May 2007 about this and the only one who felt the same way as me was my wife.
She had seen the video clip of Gerard McCann walking down the stairs of the plane earlier that day.
We did not discuss this until some days later. This statement has been read over to me and is correct.