A DROGHEDA family who may hold vital clues as to the
Madeleine McCann have hit
out at media distortion of evidence that they have given to
Maple Drive man
Martin Smith, his wife and
his children had just left the
which is located approximately 400
metres from the McCanns?
Club between 9.50-10pm on the night Madeleine
They returned to Ireland the next day, and because the
reported abduction times didnt originally match, they never
had cause to examine their journey that night.
As it emerged that Madeleine was abducted around the same
time, one of the family members had a flashback of the
moment some time later and encouraged the others to jog
They remembered passing a man walking towards the beach with
a child in his arms.
Other than his approximate height and the fact that he was
wearing beige clothes they cannot be more specific than
that. We are annoyed at how vague our description is,? said
the family member.
The family contacted the Portuguese police and flew back
over to give evidence.
However, contrary to media reports, Mr Smith had not seen
in a bar the
evening that Madeleine was abducted. He definitely didn't
see him on the night in question,? said a family member.
The family are also mystified at reports that he knows Mr
Murat. They met once in a bar about two years ago. My dad
would only know Mr Murat by sight,? said the family member.
However, from what he knows, he can say that the man who was
carrying the child was not Robert Murat.?