AN INTERNET troll warned over vile messages about Madeleine McCann’s
parents last night boasted: “The only way to shut me up is to jail me or
Sean Hyland, 50, was cautioned last year over hateful remarks he made
about Kate and Gerry McCann and their spokesman.
But when we confronted him he vowed to carry on with his campaign of
The steel worker insisted he was “no conspiracy nut” but he could face
fresh police action if he continues with his messages.
Hyland posted offensive comments and also left messages on the
answerphone of McCann spokesman Clarence Mitchell.
He branded the dad-of-three “a defender of kiddie killers”, “a pathetic
pervert”, “a prat” and doctors Kate and Gerry “quacks”.
In one online message he threatened: “We’re not reactive, we’re
proactive, we’re attacking you.”
And in another Hyland wrote: “I think the messages I left 4 Clarence
Mitchell on his answerphone have rattled him.”
Mr Mitchell, from North Finchley, London, first reported the malicious
communication to his local police.
A McCann source said: “It is vile abuse, very upsetting for all
concerned, and must be stopped. Thankfully, the police are now
Scotland Yard officers asked for help from colleagues in Humberside who
cover the area where Hyland lives.
A Met spokesman said: “The matter was dealt with by way of a first
instance harassment warning being served on the suspect a month later.
“As yet, no further action has been taken.”
A Humberside Police source said: “There has been a formal complaint and
he has now been warned.”
But in the week Scotland Yard detectives reviewing the case claimed
Madeleine might still be alive, Hyland continued his rantings.
He said: “I’m still convinced Clarence Mitchell is lying on behalf of
Kate and Gerry McCann.
“My theory is the child died and her parents are involved in hiding her
body and they are using the Government and taxpayers’ money to evade
justice. The McCanns repulse me, Clarence Mitchell is a liar and the
only way to shut me up is to put me in jail or kill me.
“I’m not the sharpest knife in the block but I’m not the village idiot.
I am no conspiracy nut.”
Kate, 44, and Gerry, 43, face the agonising fifth anniversary of their
daughter’s disappearance from a holiday apartment in Praia da Luz,
Portugal, on Thursday.
The couple, from Rothley, Leics, are convinced their daughter, who
would be nine, is still alive.
Mr Mitchell said: “The matter is in the hands of the police and I