Lying in the Sun

Justine McGuinness

Justine McGuinness

Never be in any doubt the priorities of the McCanns immediately after they reported their daughter missing.

Self protection  - Reputation Management - Controlling Press Stories - essentially PROPAGANDA aimed in the main at the UK public.

The following is taken from the Panorama Production, BBC.

Kate McCann has been taken in for questioning.  Richard Bilton the narrator/reporter is asking Justine McGuinness about that time when Kate McCann attended the police station:


Kate McCann is at the station for 13 hours, but from
inside she and Trish text out updates. Even at this point the message is being CONTROLLED.


We were a bit naughty because we did have messages coming out of the police station which we
weren't supposed to...


How did that work.. what, the text messages?




And were the texts saying?   Talk us through.


Sort of updates from things that were happening.

[Video: public statement to press]
I'd like to read a statement on Kate's arrival at the police station...

Knowing everybody had copy to write, had the 10 o'clock news like you did, or whatever, various different deadlines that they had. I felt that it was important just to manage people's expectations.


These people are not innocents, not naive, they were and are SAVVY. Right from the start they wanted to control press.

Right from the start they began to speak ill of the police.  Kate McCann from the moment the first officers arrived making derogatory remarks about them.

Justine McGuinness and Kate McCann acted DECEITFULLY, DISHONESTLY,

When Kate and Gerry McCann over the years when in interview have stated at various times that they were unable to speak of the case.  

According to Justine McGuinness - they CHOSE TO IGNORE THE LAW. CHOSE TO DO AS THEY PLEASED.

Where at what point, at what stage have these people, ALL involved with the McCanns, ever put this little girl Madeleine Beth McCann before their own interests?

In 8 years I have never known them to.

The following is a statement given to police by Justine McGuinness and it makes rather interesting reading.

I for one did not know that the McCanns had an apartment to use as an office, while they lived at the private villa, in Portugal.

Strange that she did not notice unpleasant odours in the hire vehicle when those who drove the car, Wright if my memory serves me correctly, one of the drivers did!

And when Kate and Gerry McCann themselves did not deny the odour but PROVIDED explanation for said odours and for the dogs alerting to the vehicle - DIRTY NAPPIES THEY SAID THEY CARRIED IN THE BOOT.  AND THE SPILLAGE, BLOOD FROM RAW MEAT WHEN GOING GROCERY SHOPPING!

It would then seem odd that McGuinness could not smell the stench of dirty nappies, rotten meat and whatever else the McCanns claimes caused the smell.

As to McGuinness and McCanns saying there was never any opportunity for them to place anything in the boot without being seen.

What a nonsense.  

How many people (press) witnessed them placing the dirty nappies and the butcher meat in the car?

How many of the press saw the boot of the car lying open most nights (to clear bad odour?) as one witness has claimed.

And in Kate McCanns diary she speaks of going for a jog, and of how nice it was that no one from press was around of how she ran for Madeleine, carrying a picture of Madeleine, with no one around to see her do so!

For sure these people were watching out for themselves from the start.  They were not naive or gullible, rather the opposite!

Testimony from Justine McGuiness 12 May 2008

Statement by: Justine McGuiness

Occupation: Public Business Consultant

2 pages

Date: 12th May 2008

Signature __________________________________________

I am the person mentioned above and I live at the address previously supplied to the Leicestershire police. I was questioned about my association with Gerry and Kate McCann and about my visit to Portugal in the summer of 2007, after the disappearance of their daughter, Madeleine McCann.

I am the owner of a Public Business Consultancy company.

During the end of the month of May, beginning of June I was contacted by recruitment consultants who asked me whether I was interested in working for the campaign to find Madeleine McCann.

This occurred after some advice given to Kate and Gerry by Alex Woolfall. Alex Woolfall is the public relations officer for Mark Warner. 

I agreed to presenting my CV for the appreciation of Kate and Gerry McCann.

A short time later I received a phone call from Gerry who asked me a number of questions by phone.

It was almost a mini interview that included questions about me and continued to talk about the kind of support that they were looking for.

Later I went for another interview in London.

I was interviewed by
Gerry McCann, John McCann and John Corner.

(John McCann is Gerry McCanns brother.  John Corner is godfather to one of McCann kids)

On the same day I agreed to carry out my function which would be to manage the campaign to find Madeleine.

Initially I appeared in an interview with Gerry McCann for Newsnight (BBC news programme) on the same day that I took up my functions.

Gerry returned to Portugal some days later, I stayed in the UK and attended meetings in the name of the Campaign.

I travelled to Portugal on
fiftieth day anniversary of Madeleine's disappearance, a Friday the 22nd June 2007.

I stayed in an apartment in the Mark Warner complex, very close to where Kate and Gerry were staying. This was the
same apartment that they were using as an office.

During my stay I would regularly meet with Gerry and Kate.

I also regularly collaborated with the world press.

Part of my functions was to manage the press communications
in the name of Kate, Gerry and Madeleine. 

My involvement in the 'Find Madeleine' campaign ended on 15 September 2007.

During my time as director of the campaign I made several trips to Portugal.

I did not know Kate and Gerry McCann before May 2007. My relationship with them was purely professional and lasted for 89 days.

I do not remember the dates of the trips but as was mentioned previously, there were several trips.

I stayed in the apartment mentioned previously,
as well as in another apartment in the same block.

also stayed in hotels in the area for short periods of time. I never noticed anything strange about any of the lodgings.

I spent much time with Kate and Gerry but I am unable to quantify exactly how much time.

I would meet them at
their apartment AS well as in the private villa where they were staying. 

Kate and Gerry were in a very frustrating situation, at times I could see that they were under great pressure.

They managed to cope with the pressure and I credit them with behaving as true professionals would have done in an identical situation.

 I remember that on certain days Kate was very tearful and sad.

I also remember Gerry's frustration upon seeing the presentation of some photos of Madeleine one night.

I travelled as a passenger in the Renault Scenic many times, which was driven by Kate and Gerry and their family members, Sandy Cameron and Michael Wright.

I cannot specify the number of times that I travelled in the vehicle.

The first time that I travelled inside the vehicle was when I arrived at Faro on the fiftieth day anniversary.

At that time the car smelt exactly like what you would expect after having been cleaned by a rental car company.

I never noticed unpleasant odours.

Unfortunately I cannot answer the last question because I was obviously not present from the first day they hired the car, neither during the period of the lease. Because of my knowledge of the routine and the amount of members from press that surrounded them, I think it unlikely that they could have hidden or transported Madeleine in the vehicle.


It is quite evident that from the beginning what was important to these people were covering their asses.

And quite evident they were using the monies donated by the public from very early on, money donated to help Madeleine, to do just that.

McCanns could not afford their mortgage back then.  How could they afford Justine McGuinness, her fee, her travel expenses, her hotels.

How important it must have been for them to have her to CONTROL THE MESSAGE, as Richard Bilton said.

More important than finding what became of Madeleine?

Or as some might say, more important than the public finding what became of Madeleine?
17th May 2015

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