MADELEINE McCann’s parents won’t allow their eight-year-old twins to use the internet as they fear they will be psychologically scarred by cruel slurs about the family. Kate and Gerry McCann worry that Sean and Amelie will discover vile sites about their sister’s disappearance.
They were 18 months old when she vanished on a 2007 holiday in the Algarve, and child trauma expert David Trickey told a Lisbon libel trial yesterday it was not clear if they remembered her abduction.
He was giving evidence against former detective Goncalo Amaral, who claimed in his book, The Truth Of The Lie, that Madeleine died in an accident and her parents faked her abduction to cover up their own negligence.
They deny the claims and are suing Mr Amaral, his publisher, a filmmaker and a TV company which screened a documentary based on the book.
in Irish Daily Mail (and other UK newspapers, press release unsigned), 14 set 2013
McCann monitor searches in the net
Psychologist said in court that Kate and Gerry protect their children from online published information.
by João C. Rodrigues
"The twins [Sean and Amelie, Madeleine McCann younger siblings] deal well with the disappearance because her parents did a good job. Kate and Gerry protected them from the information that was published, avoiding and monitoring searches in the internet". This was the report of the psychologist David Trickney [sic, David Trickey], yesterday in the morning, at the Palácio de Justiça, in Lisbon, at the second court session of the trial in which the McCann couple demands 1,2 million euro to Gonçalo Amaral for damages caused by the publication of the book ‘A Verdade da Mentira’ [The Truth of the Lie], in which the former PJ inspector defends that Maddie died.
The expert, called as a witness by the McCann couple admitted to have met only twice in person with Kate, Gerry and the twins, yet defended that the book may cause "depression or anger" in the future. Sean and Amelie are actually eight years old.
Yesterday in the afternoon two brother in law [sic] and Kate McCann's mother should have been heard, however a personal problem of the judge forced the postponement of that session. "Those are witnesses that can no longer be heard because they live in England" said Isabel Duarte. The defence of Gonçalo Amaral, on the other hand said that "this is a trial for the crime of having expressed an opinion".
in Correio da Manhã, 14 September 2013
CMTV, 13 September 2013
TV anchor: And we're back for the lunch hour news. The trial that opposes Madeleine McCann's parents against Gonçalo Amaral has started. The English couple accuses the former PJ inspector of defamatory statements and of creating difficulties to the searches of the child. The CMTV journalist, João Rodrigues is following this case. João, good afternoon, details about today's session?
Journalist at the hearing (J.R.): Good afternoon, it ended just a few moments ago the second session of this trial which opposes the McCann couple to the former Judiciary Police inspector Gonçalo Amaral. This is a trial in which Maddie's parents, the girl that disappeared in Lagos in May of 2007, ask for 1,2 million euro to the former inspector due to the damages caused by the "The Truth of the Lie" book publication. During this morning session a psychologist, David Trickey was heard, he explained to the court the damages that the publication of that book would have caused to Maddie's younger siblings, Sean and Amelie, who are actually eight years old. However the defence refuted that argument since the expert only met with the children once and another time with the children's parents, all other contacts with the family were made by phone. This morning we also heard as a witness an English lawyer who during the first 6 months of the case, between May and September of 2007, accompanied the McCann couple while he was in Portugal, however all statements advanced by this lawyer were also refuted since all effects that he witnessed took place previous to the book publication. This afternoon three other witnesses will be heard, friends and relatives of the McCann couple, who will try to demonstrate that the family and investigation was damaged by Gonçalo Amaral's book.