I am aware that justice means different things to different people. In this specific case, I would say it means…
Taking as my starting point, I believe that Madeleine’s disappearance is the McCanns legal responsibility.
Whether it is believed that the McCanns killed Madeleine and then covered this up by disposing of her body, or whether it is believed that the McCanns are simply guilty of neglect, it comes down to the same thing. And that is, making the McCanns accountable in a court of law.
I don’t agree with trial by media, if it is instigated by the media. However, in this case the McCanns have chosen to play the media from the outset. They have argued that the media is useful for publishing photos of Madeleine, but a careful analysis shows that the McCanns have been riding the media tiger to put forward their defence and try and garner sympathy and support for themselves personally.
I think this approach is suspicious. It would tend to suggest that the McCanns main agenda has not been about finding Madeleine at all.
Before the question had been widely asked, it appeared as though the McCanns were saying: “Not me, Guv”.
However, nobody else is responsible for leaving Madeleine and the twins unsupervised. Recently, we had the case where a small child was being supervised by an adult. And the child was killed whilst being ridden on a mini-motorbike on a pavement. It was not responsible parenting. The adult is facing prosecution. Whilst we can have sympathy for him, nevertheless, it remains he was responsible for what befell the child. He had made the decision to take the child on the motorbike, he failed to take into account other road users could not reasonably foresee that a small motorbike would suddenly appear to come out of nowhere and crash into their vehicle.
The McCanns cannot reasonably argue that it was safe to leave 3 children under 4 years of age unsupervised.
At the very least, I would say justice for Madeleine includes a prosecution for child neglect.