One thing the anti-McCann brigade want people to think is that the McCanns do not want to discuss the Smith sighting. They will try to lead you to believe the reason being is that Martin Smith thinks it was Gerry McCann he saw.
Well that is absolutely rubbish, because the PJ in their Final Report concluded that at the time of the Smith sighting Gerry McCann was sitting at the table in the Tapas Bar.
But what about the Smith sighting do the McCanns want to ignore it? Most definitely NOT.
Kate writes in her book the following:
The police did not appear to feel that Jane’s sighting in Rua Dr Agostinho da Silva and the man and child reported by the Irish holidaymakers in Rua da Escola Primária were related. They seem to have concluded that these were in all likelihood two different men carrying two different children (if, they implied, these two men actually existed at all). The only reason for their scepticism appeared to be an unexplained time lapse between the two sightings. They didn’t dovetail perfectly. To me the similarities seem far more significant than any discrepancy in timing.
Every time I read these independent statements in the files (and neither could have been influenced by the other, remember – Jane’s description had not been released to the public before the Irish witnesses made their statements), I am stagger by how alike they are, almost identical in parts. As a lawyer once said to me, apropos another matter, ‘One coincidence, two coincidences – maybe they’re still coincidences. Any more than that and it stops being a coincidence.’
Who knows why there was a forty-five-minute gap between the two sightings, or where this man might have been in between? ….
Also in the documentary that was produced by Channel 4 called Madeleine was here, Kate says about the Smith sighting:
Voice over: The most likely sighting of Madeleine and her abductor was by Jane Tanner, a friend of the McCann’s. In the files, Kate believes another witness statement from an Irish family, describes a very similar sighting to Jane Tanner’s. Less than a mile from the McCann’s apartment.
Kate: The reason why this is significant is, both sightings were given independently. So, when this family gave their statement they weren’t aware of Jane’s description and there’s actually quite a lot of similarities and it does beg the question, I mean, how many people carry their children on a cold night, not covered, you know. Nothing on their arms, or their feet, no blanket. Now, either there’s been two people carrying children that way, who haven’t come forward to eliminate themselves or potentially they’re related.
Voice of Interviewer: But, you think that child is Madeleine?
Kate: I think it’s a good chance it could be Madeleine. Certainly, the description there, sounds to me, like Madeleine.
And in the documentary, they even film the Smith Family sighting.
Even as far back as September 2008 in an interview with the Expresso, Gerry states the following (Many thanks to Samantha for finding this):
Gerry – We firmly believe that she was abducted by a man, minutes after I went to see her in the bedroom. There are two independent witnesses that saw a child of around four years of age being carried that evening. Our friend Jane Tanner and also the Smith family.
Q – The PJ discredits Jane Tanner’s testimony. They say that when she saw said man with the child, you [Gerry] were chatting nearby and it was impossible that you hadn’t seen him as well…
Gerry – I didn’t see her because my back was turned to the location where she passed. I was talking to a friend. And there is also the couple with children that saw a man carrying a child with pyjamas that were similar to Madeleine’s, blond hair, the same age.
Q – Later on, that family stated that the man they saw was Gerry…
Gerry – At that time I was at the restaurant. The fact that we became suspects has probably influenced the Smiths’ testimony.
So have the McCann’s ignored the Smith sighting? – NO – And another anti-McCann forum myth busted.
Now just one more thing, people will shout the time difference, but I have a plausible explanation for that. If the man that Jane Tanner saw was the abductor as he crossed the road he would have INSTINCTIVELY looked left and right and when he looked right he would have seen a) Jane Tanner heading in his direction and b) Gerry McCann talking to Jez Wilkins, so therefore is it not possible that he may have hidden up and kept Madeleine quiet until he knew the coast was clear to continue on his journey, only this time taking the long way around in hope that he did not encounter other members of the group?
You change a route and add distance to the route it naturally takes longer, doesn’t it?