Monday, 2 May 2016
THE EVIDENCE OF THE DOGS
In July 2007, British National Search Advisor, Mark Harrison suggested that the Portuguese police should bring in two dogs who were specially trained to detect blood and the scent of human cadaver. Keela, 'the most amazing dog in Britain' and on a higher rate of pay than the Chief Constable, and Eddie, the cadaver dog who had never given a false positive in over 200 cases. Mark Harrison asserted that 'if the dogs came to signal Maddie's death, then it would be a fact'.
The dogs not only signalled, once, twice, three or even 4 times, they signalled 11 times and only in relation to the McCann possessions. And they told a story, behind the sofa, in the wardrobe, and in the back of the hire car. The scent of the poor child's body clung onto to her cuddly toy, her mother's clothes and her last places of rest. She left all the clues behind.
Whilst the alerts of the amazing British dogs changed the entire course of the investigation, without scientific evidence to back it up, they could not be used in a Portuguese court. This loophole has been Gerry and Kate's lifeline ever since. When Gerry says 'there is no evidence', what he really means is there is no evidence that can be used against them in a Portuguese court. 'Find the body and prove we killed her', he challenged, seemingly knowing that they couldn't.
Taunting your opponent is never a good idea, especially when you are standing on a very wobbly pedestal. I suspect for a lot of Portuguese police Gerry and Kate have made this personal, everything from sardine munchers to fucking tossers is no doubt stored within their collective memories. If they had just kept their traps shut, maybe it would all have gone away.
The supporters of the McCanns have done everything within their power to discredit the evidence of the blood and the cadaver dogs. Initially they claimed the handler was prompting the dogs to alert - why the world renowned Martin Grime would risk his and his dogs reputations and futures to incriminate Gerry and Kate is a mystery. The dogs fecked up in the Attracta Harron case claimed the McCanns, err, no, they didn't. The evidence must have been planted said Kate's mum, which of course begs the question, why would the Portuguese police leave a child predator on the loose in their home towns in order to frame Kate and Gerry?
Like most deceivers trapped in a corner, the McCann and their entourage have a tendency to over explain everything. Kate was a GP, she was always in contact with dead bodies (which makes her sound like Shipman) and the car was used to transport the twins smelly nappies. Note to K&G, you empty contents of nappy in lavatory before bagging and binning. But I digress, the ever helpful proactive family and friends, gave explanations of sweaty sandals, rotting meat, dripping blood and regular trips to the garbage dump. This lot really need to attend some sort of basic NVQ hygiene course. Meanwhile, don't let them borrow your car.
There can be no denying there was a foul odour from the boot of the hire car. In Goncalo's documentary of The Truth of the Lie, he explains how a witness, a neighbour of the McCanns' holiday villa, came forward to state that the boot of the hire car had been left open several nights running. If human beings could detect the smell to the extent that they have to air the boot night after night, how likely is it that the dogs got it wrong?
The McCanns evidence against the dogs is flimsy and has nothing to back it up. If they had an expert witness who could dispute the findings of Eddie and Keela, they would have produced him/her a long time ago. As it was, the over explaining Gerry, had to make a last ditch appeal to the Portuguese Judge to ignore the dogs' findings as their farcical damages claim against Goncalo came to an end.