Probe relied on flawed DNA
cops tried to bug Kate and Gerry McCann's villa
and car to shore up the flimsy case against
request was denied by a judge - as was a bid to
see Gerry's bank details.
spokesman Clarence Mitchell said: "They had no
evidence and were on a trawl. It was correct
that it was turned down."
has emerged that four families rented the
McCanns' holiday apartment before bungling
Portuguese cops sent in forensic experts, it
The flat was
only sealed 13 weeks later after horrified
British detectives arrived to review the case.
then carried out but the results were virtually
useless because 11 people - all Brits - had
stayed there since the McCanns.
officers relied on the flawed DNA samples in
deciding to name Madeleine's parents Kate and
revelation again highlights the shambolic nature
of the 15-month Portuguese probe.
Parkinson, who spent a week there with husband
Brian, 59, was staggered at the news.
receptionist, 55, of New Barnet, Herts, said:
"We'd been there a day when the rep told us we
were in the McCanns' apartment.
"If there had
been any forensics left it would have been crazy
for them to continue to let it out.
obviously been cleaned for the new guests and
evidence could have been gathered beforehand.
But it was beautiful and luxurious and we didn't
feel anything happened there, so we were happy
to stay even though they offered us another one.
A few reporters and voyeurs came round but that
Odera, 59, spent a week at Apartment 5a in Praia
da Luz's Ocean Club resort after the Parkinsons,
and was also shocked to learn the truth.
of Leicester, was holidaying with sister
Marjoulabba Sidi, 49, and relative, Mehul Odera.
yesterday: "On the last day a journalist asked
if we knew if it was the apartment Madeleine
McCann disappeared from.
"We had had no
idea. I was upset and made a complaint to the
holiday firm and was told other people had
stayed there before us.
"If we had
known we wouldn't have wanted to stay there."
revelation emerged from 30,000 pages of police
case notes released this week. They also showed
Portuguese cops intended to bug the flat in a
desperate bid to shore up their case against
wanted a bug planted in the couple's hire car.
overseeing the investigation refused both
Another bid to
see six months of Gerry's bank records was
snubbed by the UK Home Office as
spokesman Clarence Mitchell said: "We can draw
our own conclusions as to why they wanted to do
felt they had no evidence and were on a general
trawl. It was meant to be a fishing exercise.
"It was proper
and correct that this attempt to blatantly
invade their privacy was turned down."
later, authorities named Gerry and his wife
cleared last month as detectives shelved the
records show how they blew any chance of
gleaning key clues from the flat by allowing a
succession of people to move in.
Gerry, both 40, did not sleep at the flat after
Madeleine's disappearance on May 3 last year.
But from June
12-19, Liverpool couple Robert and Fiona Foulkes
holidayed there. They were followed by Sheila
and Ryan Fergusson and their kids, from Falkirk,
Scotland, who stayed from June 28-July 12.
12 and 19 it was rented by the Parkinsons.
Kailao and her two relatives were there from
then arrived and ordered the flat to be
dogs trained to smell for corpses and blood were
sent in and DNA evidence belatedly taken.
samples were sent to the UK's Forensic Science
Service for analysis. Results were inconclusive
yet were used to cast doubt over Kate and