Turning a blind eye

Many weeks ago, I made a statement on Facebook, that should ever I see anything happen in Portugal I would really think twice before committing myself to giving a statement.  Of course that was condemned but you see, maybe it is standard practice in Portugal for files to be released to the public, but it is not where I come from.

Giving a statement to the UK Police means that at the end you have to agree to supporting the Police in a prosecution, you sign to say that you will support this.  But one thing for sure you know damn well, that if nothing comes of that Police investigation, you won’t wake up one morning and find a letter on the mat from some fruitloop questioning the statement you gave to the Police.

The only time your statement would be read out and contested is when a case comes to court and someone has been charged with a particular offence and is having to appear before a Magistrate or Judge and Jury.

Initially my reason for probably turning a blind eye and saying “I see nothing” is because you don’t know who you are giving the statement against. You don’t know if they are violent and are part of a narcotics gang or criminal element and you don’t know if they would track you down for giving a statement against them.

Apart from all of that, now you don’t know if your private information, ie your date of birth, mobile telephone number, address, children’s identities are going to be placed somewhere on the internet.

And even worse you don’t know if someone like Tony Bennett will harass you and send you letters demanding to know what you did with regards to the investigation.

Yes in July this year Tony Bennett wrote to a witness in the case (screenshot).  The witness replied with the following:

Dear Mr Bennett,

I am in receipt of your letter of 22 July regarding Madeleine McCann. I am sure you would appreciate that it would not be appropriate for me to comment too much, as we do not know each other, and I have no idea what your connection to the case is. However, I would also not want further conspiracy theories to fester by simply ignoring your letter.

Therefore, I can confirm that whatever information I had (including some photos of my sons taken on the day Madeleine disappeared, which showed her in the background) was passed both to the police and to the McCanns at the time. Having been in Portugal at the time of Madeleine’s disappearance and seen all of the events first hand, there is not one shred of doubt in my mind that the events as reported were correct.

In fact one of the most terrible parts of this tragedy is that there are people out there who are questioning this, just adding further to the nightmare that the McCann family have suffered. I cannot imagine anything crueller.

I’m afraid I won’t enter into further correspondence on this matter with you.

Yours sincerely,

This is wrong, who the hell does he think he is to contact witnesses in a case?  He is NOT a Police Officer, he is NOT even a Private Detective working for the McCanns, he has NOTHING to do whatsoever with the investigation into what happened to Madeleine McCann.

So why is this man being allowed to carry on like this?  The person he wrote to was polite, in their response, more than I could say I would be.  But this man is obsessive and what he is doing must be bordering on criminality, especially with regards to harassment so why isn’t he being stopped?

How long before he contacts other witnesses in this case, especially the people who are friends of Kate and Gerry McCann who gave statements with regards to an incident on another holiday?

Fine if this is the way of the Portuguese Judicial system, but they could have blacked out all contact details and names so these people can’t contact these witnesses and I hope they realise now how many people will be apprehensive in coming forward should something happen in their Country.

It is one thing to discuss a case but it is entirely another to be so pro-active that you actually interfere with an on-going Police Investigation.  Which is exactly what Tony Bennett did when he wrote to these witnesses when Scotland Yard were reviewing the case files. He and his Foundation have no rights whatsoever to contact any person who gave statements in this case.


8 comments on “Turning a blind eye

  1. The behaviour of Bennett in this case is positively dangerous. Clearly he has no trust in the police to do their work. What he is doing borders on anarchy. Imagine if everyone was able to contact the witnesses in every case in this country, imagine if every statement was made public. No case would ever be resolved properly if every person was able to contact the witnesses and intimidate/question them in the way that Bennett is doing here. I really do hope that the PJ/Prosecutor in Portugal have learnt their lesson and in future will never release the personal details of people involved in any case where no charges or trial has taken place. Perhaps it was another of the many PJ/Prosecutor errors that led to all this terrible behaviou in the first place.

  2. Good morning Bystander, an excellent summary.  But what is amazing me is how he is getting away with this.  If he is not harassing Scotland Yard he is contacting witnesses.  Surely something must be done to stop this behaviour? 

    It is clearly evident that the behaviour borders on the verge of him being an online/offline vigilante.

    And why he thinks that a bunch of internet sleuths are better at cracking the case than a team of Police Officers that have far more information at their finger tips is beyond me?

    Information, that has not been released, all the notes that Leicester Police made and  probably the missing pages from the case files.

    Either these people are seriously deluded or they danger to society, personally I can’t make my mind up which.  But he is wasting Police time with contacting SY and eating into the budget that was allocated to find Madeleine.

    I am beginning to wonder if they don’t want Madeleine found, because if SY/PJ found Madeleine alive safe and well, it rather does throw their “McCanns did it and everyone is in it on the cover-up” theory out of the window.

  3. And one more thing, if anyone is deluded enough to think Bennett will take this on the chin and for the good of the Foundation, they are sadly wrong.  He will drop anyone and everyone in it to save his sorry neck. 

    We all saw the tactics he used when DB spoke out against him, and to what level he goes to, so all I can say to those that are praising the ground he walks on, be prepared, Bennett will save his own neck at the sacrifice of yours

  4. Has TB been googling, couldn’t help but laugh at the search stats on this blog

    Jill Havern Forum
    Can I get tagged for contempt of court


  5. Hi Bren

    To be fair, I really don’t think the files (with all the personal details) were intended to be splashed all over the Internet. If you remember, journalists had to write in (with I.D.) to ask for a copy. 

    As far as I know, handing out DVDs is not standard practice – although the files may be consulted. 

  6. Afternoon Carana, very true, wasn’t there something about the journalists not being allowed to re-produce the files word for word.  They could consult for a story but that was all.

    It still gives me concern, that there are people who are contacting the witnesses in the files.  That has to be wrong.

  7. I see Tony from Hounding feels the same as I do about this contacting of witnesses.  He writes the following:

    Intimidating witnesses is seen as a crime here as I am sure it
    is in any civilized country and the penalties can be quite severe;
    ranging from fines to a prison sentence depending on how bad the
    intimidation affects both witness and the case in question.

    In the case of the missing British child Madeleine McCann I have watched one man do it and do it openly.

    Only last week he put evidence of his intimidating a witness on the worldwide Internet.

    His victim’s only crime, he dared to take his children on holiday to the
    same complex and was there in the same time period that little Madeleine
    went missing in. To compound matters, the gentleman dared to take
    holiday pictures of his children enjoying themselves. Alas, the proud
    father just happened to capture little Madeleine in the background,
    prior to her disappearance. As any upstanding citizen would, when the
    child went missing, the gentleman turned the picture over to law

    Now, because this man did what would have been seen by many as the humane thing to do, he now suffers. Four years later, the attention of vigilante A.J. S. Bennett has fallen upon him. The vigilante of the ‘We hate Madeleine foundation’, contacted the witness and requested the gent answer the questions sent to him by the Stalker General. When the man declined to do so; Herr General and his cult, went on the attack. They proceeded to post the gentleman’s reply to the cult
    leader, online.

    What a stupid fellow the victim is. How very dare he deny the vitriolic cult the right to taunt the grieving. Did he not appreciate just how important the taunting stalkers believe themselves to be?

    I guess not; if he had known, he would never have carried out the polite action of replying to the leader of the “Never speak the truth” cult.

    The man is by association a timeline witness. He captured Madeleine McCann on film; proving beyond doubt she was alive and well on the day of May 3 2007.

    Any attempt to intimadate or stalk this witness, is against the law. Contacting this witness whilst this case is being reviewed by law enforcement, is interfering in an ongoing case and could be seen as an obstruction of Justice.

    If, and it is a huge if, the McCanns were ever to be found guilty of a crime, they would never stand trial because of Bennett’s, lies stalking, and intimidation of witnesses.

    So much for Justice for Madeleine Bennett! You and your cult are doing everything in your power to prevent just that.
    Posted by tony at 14.9.11


  8. I have always wondered what he wrote to this guy

    22 July 2011

    Mr **********, BA Friday 22 July 2011
    Deputy Chairman
    *********** Ltd.

    Dear Mr *******

    re: Madeleine McCann

    I have been researching the Madeleine McCann case in depth since
    September 2007, from the point of view of someone who is sceptical about
    the parents’ account of events.

    I have obtained your name and details simply by examining many of the
    thousands of documents about the case released by the Portuguese Police
    and made public during 2008, which include lists of guests staying at
    the Ocean Club and/or with Mark Warners during the week the McCanns were
    there, 28 April to 5 May 2007. There is also amongst the documents
    released by the police a statement by a S****** C********, who now lives
    in *********, who says that he spoke to a man who had taken three young
    boys with him on the evening Madeleine disappeared, and by a process of
    elimination we believe that must be you, as you are the only guest with
    three boys recorded as being present that week.

    One matter I have looked at especially, and have written about, is the
    controversial nature of many of the reported ‘sightings’ of Madeleine
    McCann on Thursday 3 May, the day she was reported missing. One of many
    curious features about the case is that only two photographs of
    Madeleine at Praia da Luz that week have ever surfaced. One was a photo
    of her playing tennis sometime earlier in the week, apparently taken by
    another parent. The other is the famous ‘last photo’ taken by Dr Kate
    McCann, one that was not produced for the public to see until after Dr
    Gerald McCann returned to England for a short visit in late May.

    I have posted analyses on publicly-viewable forums querying the eight
    claimed ‘sightings’ of Madeleine on 3 May 2007. Clearly any photos of
    Madeleine alive on that day (or indeed on any other days of the week)
    would serve to dispel the doubts myself and others have entertained
    about the events of 3 May.

    I am wondering therefore if you would kindly be able to tell me whether
    you or any member of your family had any contact with the McCanns and
    their children on Thursday 3 May, and also whether you have any
    photographs of Madeleine taken on that specific day.

    I understand from the released files that you were living in Switzerland
    at the time Madeleine was reported missing but you may now be living in
    the U.K., hence I have sent this letter to ********* Street SA both
    in S********* and in London.

    I hope you may be able to help and look forward to hearing from you.

    My contact details are above.

    Yours sincerely,

    Anthony Bennett

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