Por­tuguese ac­cused of ‘botched’ re­port into Aus­tralian’s fa­tal fall

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - NEWS - KATE CAMP­BELL

THE fam­ily of an Aus­tralian man who fell to his death at a Por­tuguese beach with his Bri­tish girl­friend, are shocked and out­raged by the po­lice re­port.

Michael Kearns, 33, and his 37-year-old Bri­tish girl­friend Louise Ben­son (pic­tured) were near­ing the end of their dream Euro­pean hol­i­day when some­time be­tween 1am and 6am on June 12 this year they fell from the cliff at Pra­ias dos Pesca- dores, near the cap­i­tal Lis­bon.

Their bod­ies were found on the sand be­low by a beach cleaner.

This week the Kearns fam- ily, from Perth, re­ceived the fi­nal re­port on the bizarre mys­tery from the Poli­cia Ju­di­ciara, the Por­tuguese in­ves­tiga­tive po­lice, through the De­part- ment of For­eign Af­fairs and Trade. The Kearns fam­ily say the re­port they have been pro­vided is shoddy and in­com­plete.

“I do think it was an ac­ci­dent,” Mrs Kearns said. They slipped. One slipped, he grabbed her to stop her fall­ing. All we want is an­swers … and we’re guess­ing, which breaks your heart.”

The po­lice spoke to only one wit­ness – the beach cleaner. A clump of hair in Ben­son’s hand was never DNA tested.

Mr Kearns com­pared it to the case of UK tod­dler Madeleine McCann, who dis­ap­peared in Por­tu­gal in 2007.

“It’s bloody right up the same al­ley – an­other stuff-up.”

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