WE SHOULD BE SO THANKFUL WE ARE NOT THE MCCANNS – OR JAILED SAS HERO

by Tony Flood, author of crime thriller Triple Tease and celebrity book My Life With The Stars

Whenever we feel sorry for ourselves we ought to reflect upon how lucky we are compared to the parents of Madeleine McCann or the #SAS hero who has been jailed for keeping a souvenir gun.

Every day must be a living hell for Kate and Gerry McCann, who have spent nine years searching for Madeleine since she disappeared, aged almost four, from her bed in a holiday apartment at Algarve resort Praia da Luz on May 3, 2007.

To add to their grief ex-cop Goncalo Amaral has won his appeal against an earlier ruling where he had to pay the #McCanns £360,000 and £76,000 in interest for claiming in a book that they were responsible for her death and faked her abduction..

Amaral, who led the bungled hunt for their daughter, has since won a libel appeal against them. The decision means Amaral’s book, ‘The Truth of the Lie’, which is banned in the UK, could potentially go on sale in Portugal again.

Kate and Gerry originally sued over two defamatory allegations.

How tragic life has been for the McCanns and their daughter.

Another example of gross unfairness is that of former paratrooper Albert Patterson who was sentenced to 15 months for possessing a 9mm pistol – a war trophy which was taken from an Argentine officer during the Falklands War.

He said he had kept the weapon to remind him of 22 friends who died in the conflict.

Politicians and top military brass have called for the war veteran to be released.

So next time we get a parking ticket, miss a train or are overlooked for promotion we should thank our lucky stars we are not in the unfortunate shoes of Albert Patterson or the McCanns!

 

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