Yes, the cat's out of the bag, its official, the McCanns do not like the Smith sighting! Well of course we have known that for years, but those trying to convince people otherwise have now been proved categorically wrong. The Smith sighting has always troubled the McCanns deeply. If Smithman didn't bother them he would have been shouted from the rooftops because his running through the streets with a child supported an abduction story. A man who looked like Gerry carrying a child that looked like Madeleine in PDL at kick off time is just too coincidental in my opinion. Lets hope DCI Nicola Wall heard the McCanns dismissal of the Smith family evidence.
All in all a terrible day for the McCanns I'd say. I think they stayed away because it kept the press away - clearly they were not expecting things to go well. Bad sign too that Isabel didn't show up. Law is another form of showbiz for ugly people and barristers are as narcissistic as they come. The lead barrister in a 'winning' trial wouldn't miss the last day's summing up for love nor money. Its their moment in the spotlight, the time they present all their knock out blows (if they have any) and slam home all the words they have been preparing for months, if not years, that Isabel would miss the final act is bizarre. I read that she had another court case, but frankly if I were client, I would be livid, and if they are not, then its because they have already given the case up - a real possibility, they might be saving cash, her non appearance has saved them the cost of two barristers for the day, as it was the childrens' barrister spoke on behalf of all the claimants. Are the McCanns now finally cutting back? If they are, its a weird time (and place) to choose and shows how much faith they have in their case.
Some are predicting the McCanns will appeal if they lose. I don't think that will happen. This trial has been a huge embarrassment for the parents, I don't think they ever expected it to go this far, in fact, I think they truly believed that Goncalo Amaral would pay up as everyone else had and it would be another easy win. They waited until Goncalo's book had been out for a year before they brought proceedings (allowing the royalties to stack up) and at that time they were at their most powerful. Their coffers were full and the great and the good were putty in their hands.
Unfortunately for the McCanns, the long delays in Portuguese Court proceedings has seen a complete turnaround in their fortunes and the way in which the public perceive them. Seven years on and after multiple legal actions against anyone who criticises them, the McCanns are now seen as greedy and unscrupulous and that they are demanding cash from the detective who was searching for their daughter takes bizarre to the extreme. Another case where we have seen this is Jonbenet Ramsey, the Ramseys sued 'Jonbenet's Avenger' and the case settled. However, the McCanns don't have the resources or the clout of the Ramseys (well they did for a short while) and they didn't bargain for the strength of character shown by Goncalo Amaral.
The McCanns desperately want this trial to go away with as little publicity as possible. They tried to settle almost two years ago, but Goncalo Amaral was having none of it. He wanted his day in Court, and what we may well be seeing now is the McCanns squirming. They take no pride in this case and no-one, other than sycophant Summers wishes them victory - the case doesn't even get a mention on the Facebook page, strange as you would think they would appreciate the support of their 610,000 followers.
I did a rather pessimistic blog yesterday (I was in a grumpy mood), but today I am feeling rather more optimistic that justice will prevail. The (female) Judge in the Lisbon trial wasn't in the least impressed with Gerry's strutting and dissing of the dogs' evidence, and the fact that their lawyer droned on about them yesterday gives away their weakest spot. Well two weak spots, the dogs and the Smiths sighting have them rattled enough to use the damages trial to refute them publicly - even at the risk of annoying the Judge still further by going off topic. That, imo, is very telling indeed.