Kate McCann hit back at critics as her book was launched in
A DEFIANT Kate McCann yesterday confronted critics who branded
her cold and emotionless when she returned to the country where her
daughter Madeleine vanished.
As she arrived in the Portuguese capital Lisbon to make her
latest 'appeal for information, an angry Kate, 43, asked: 'Who can say
what the mum of a missing child should look like'
'People can judge however they want but unless you've been in the
situation we've been in, it's impossible to know what someone feels. Why
do people feel they have the right to judge when this judgment is based
Kate and her husband Gerry chose not to give a formal press conference
to launch her book,
Madeleine, in Portugal,
preferring to give television interviews.
Their daughter disappeared a few days before her fourth birthday from
their holiday apartment in Praia da Luz as they dined with friends in
Who can say what the mum of a missing child should look like
an interview with the Portuguese magazine Sabado, Kate admitted she
still feels guilty when she laughs about something. She said: 'I've
managed to appreciate life a lot more now. The feeling of guilt has
diminished as well.
'We will always regret not having been there to help Madeleine but we
cannot change things now.
'I still feel a little guilt when I laugh but not as much as I did. I
have learned to accept it's not bad to be happy.'
Kate, whose twins Sean and Amelie are now six, added: 'They need a happy
mummy and Madeleine needs to be able to return to a mummy who's happy as
Scotland Yard has announced a review of the Portuguese police
investigation following the personal intervention of Prime Minister
Yesterday senior Portuguese police sources claimed key statements and a
photo fit of a potential suspect were not passed on by their British
Investigations by the Sunday Express suggest there were unexplained
breakdowns in the communication, which could have damaged the effort to
A British man at the tapas bar where the
McCanns dined gave a statement
saying how he spoke to an English woman who told him she had heard a
'breaking noise' about the time that Madeleine was taken.
His statement, however, was not passed to Portuguese police, said
'Goncalo Amaral, the senior officer who was moved off the investigation
for complaining about his British counterparts.
Earlier this month the Sunday Express published a photofit of a man seen
acting suspiciously near the McCanns' apartment alongside a photograph
of a 40-year-old German youth worker, being held on suspicion of
murdering several children across Europe.
Mr Amaral said the first time he was aware of the photofit was when he
saw it in the Sunday Express.
Last night he said: 'I knew about the statement from the British woman
but the photofit was not sent through. I believe it is important that
this line of inquiry is investigated.'
The woman who drew up the image was a relative of Pamela Fenn, an
elderly woman who lived above the McCanns' apartment. She died recently.
Her relative said that on the afternoon of the kidnap, she was on the
balcony of Mrs Fenn's apartment when she looked down and saw a man
pushing a gate to a neighbouring apartment to and fro possibly to find
out how much noise it made.
When she realised Madeleine was taken the same evening she gave a
statement to British police and helped them compile the photofit.
However, the first time the public was aware of her potentially crucial
evidence was its mention in Kate's book.
Speaking to the Sunday Express Mr Amaral said: 'I don't think it would
be useful to criticise the British detectives but I would be interested
to hear why certain material was not sent to Portugal while I was on the
Ian Robertson, who has an apartment in the same block, said from his
home at Neyland, Pembrokeshire: 'There seemed to be a group of local
thieves targeting the apartments. I have a theory that they had criminal
contacts and that Madeleine might have been stolen to order.'
Mr Amaral said: 'One of the theories considered was that a thief got
into the apartment and something happened with Madeleine. I am sure the
review will examine that theory.'