Tuesday, 9 October 2007

The Times and Daily Express publish opposite versions about DNA evidence




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David Brown and Patrick Foster wrote, in The Times, that “traces of Madeleine McCann’s DNA that were recovered from two Portuguese holiday apartments have failed to prove that she is dead. Despite the lack of conclusive evidence, detectives still believe that they were justified in making Kate and Gerry McCann official suspects in their daughter’s disappearance (...) tests carried out by the Forensic Science Service (FSS) laboratory in Birmingham have not proven that the four-year-old was killed, but the results are considered significant.”

Martin Evans, from the Daily Express, has a opposite version: “Crucial forensic evidence allegedly links Madeleine McCann’s parents to her disappearance, a source close to the case insisted last night. British DNA tests were said to indicate that Portuguese police were correct to declare Kate and Gerry McCann suspects. The source also rejected claims that the evidence found in their hire car was ‘inconclusive’. The startling turn in the investigation shocked the McCanns, who had been hoping they would soon be cleared of involvement in their daughter’s disappearance.”

The Times
October 9, 2007
Madeleine McCann evidence inconclusive
Patrick Foster and David Brown
"Traces of Madeleine McCann’s DNA that were recovered from two Portuguese holiday apartments have failed to prove that she is dead. Despite the lack of conclusive evidence, detectives still believe that they were justified in making Kate and Gerry McCann official suspects in their daughter’s disappearance. The DNA was found in their apartment at the Ocean Club resort. Samples were also found at a nearby apartment used by their friends at the same time, and from a car hired by her parents 25 days after she was reported missing. Tests carried out by the Forensic Science Service (FSS) laboratory in Birmingham have not proven that the four-year-old was killed, but the results are considered significant."

Daily Express
MADELEINE: DNA PUTS PARENTS IN FRAME
SHOCK: Evidence allegedly links Madeleine McCann's parents to her disappearance
Tuesday October 9,2007
By Martin Evans in Praia da Luz
"CRUCIAL forensic evidence allegedly links Madeleine McCann’s parents to her disappearance, a source close to the case insisted last night. British DNA tests were said to indicate that Portuguese police were correct to declare Kate and Gerry McCann suspects. The source also rejected claims that the evidence found in their hire car was 'inconclusive'. The startling turn in the investigation shocked the McCanns, who had been hoping they would soon be cleared of involvement in their daughter’s disappearance.”

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