I've just been going over parts of the McCann writ against Goncalo Amaral during a quiet moment, and you have to wonder if it's really just another version of the truth. If their behaviour and appearance are anything to go by, their claims are beyond bizarre.
In the 36 page writ, the McCanns describe Sr Amaral as a 'self-obsessed, manipulative money-grabber with no morals.' Isn't that libellous in itself?.. Just aswell he's countersuing them... in the fairness of things.
They also say accusations left them "totally destroyed" and caused them "irreparable" damage. The McCanns give a harrowing insight into the day-to-day life in their household as they struggle to cope without Madeleine!
The writ outlines how the couple both suffer from "permanent anxiety, insomnia, lack of appetite, irritability and an indefinable fear". It also says Kate McCann is "steeped in a deep and serious depression".
What they are demanding...
£430,000 damages for Madeleine which will be used to continue the search for her.
£215,000 for each parent for the emotional distress the book has caused them. They say they suffer 'permanent anxiety, insomnia, lack of appetite, irritability and an indefinable fear'. The writ also says Kate McCann is 'steeped in a deep and serious depression'.
£86,000 for each of their twins Sean and Amelie, who could hear any allegations when they are at school.
I wonder how they came to such figures? To equate that they, as neglectful parents are worth the same amount as their innocent child comes as no surprise though.
Goncalo Amaral's book and documentary, The Truth of the Lie, were based on the official investigation files (as verified in court by three separate judges)... any legal certificates or documentation required from the file will require the reopening of the same. Let's hope this is positive news and the case can be reopened.