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