Ruin a family’s life by putting every hurdle in their way, by your inaccurate reporting, whilst they are desperately trying to find their daughter and how dare you think about selling papers and making profit, above reporting the truth.
Words failed me yesterday, to say the least. I was shell-shocked, I was dumbfounded and I was angry. Angry at the thought that under oath reporters were telling the world that what they were printing, with regards to the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, was a pile of ‘piffle’. As David Pilditch and Padraic Flanagan took the stand, I could not believe what I was hearing.
Sources with no credibility, senior investigating officers in Portugal speaking ‘off the record’ and above all their speaking ‘off the record’ was nothing but lies and spin. Senior Officers who were telling the parents and their friends they could spend two years in jail for breaking judicial secrecy, whilst they were breaching it themselves by tittle tattling to journalists.
All designed to incriminate a family in the disappearance of their daughter and to make the public class them as guilty.
Do you fully understand what you, the media especially the Daily Express, did? Do you understand that people believed what you wrote? Do you understand what the consequences of your actions in writing a load of tittle tattle did?
Well from bitter personal experience I can tell you. Your desire to sell papers and damn the truth, led me to create a forum that assisted in your destruction of a family of a missing child, and it was based on your lies. You, by not speaking the truth, were responsible for that, simply because I believed what you was writing.
You created monsters, that still exist today, my only consolation is that I woke up and smelt the coffee and realised what was going on. The files did that you know, the truth. Not the truth according to Goncalo and his disgusting thesis but by reading and re-reading and comprehending and by doing proper research. Do you know what, if I had never been taken ill, I probably would have still believed the load of bull-shit, you the media, wrote.
You helped create the witch-hunt against the McCanns and a witch-hunt that still is happening today even after you told the world what you wrote was inaccurate. These people now have such conspiracies running through their mind that they think the McCanns are now being protected by Lord Leveson.
You helped to promote a propaganda spin coming from Portugal to cover-up an investigation that was flawed to bits.
Yes, I know now, how low the likes of the Daily Express can go, but do you know what the most disgusting part in this is? For three and a half years, instead of helping the family of a missing child, through your lack of honest reporting, I hindered the search for a missing child.
Every person that believed your lies, every reader who lined your pockets must today feel ashamed for believing what you wrote. I know I do. You, the Daily Express along with some other papers, have no idea of the damage you have caused to the family of a missing child, have you?
You, sit there and think by apologising and making donations to the search fund for Madeleine, it will put things right. Well nothing can, put right the wrongs that you caused and the wrongs I caused that family. They needed my help not my hindrance, they needed people to look for Madeleine not take it as gospel that she was dead without proper proof. You produced articles that not only failed a family of a missing child, but failed Madeleine McCann herself.
And for those that helped this propaganda campaign to protect a ex-detective, hang your heads in shame. The files DO NOT back up what you claim, and I hope to God, that Portugal now looks into the entire mess created by some of the Judicial Police and Portuguese Press and heads roll. I hope those who leaked information, those who sold diaries are brought to task for their actions. Those, Portuguese officers and Journalists, who leaked information and lined their pockets over finding a small child, should now be named and shamed.
Witness Statement of Richard Peppiatt (Made up Stories in Daily Star 29th November hearing)