Please note that Edward Smethurst has objected, via his lawyers, to postings made between 9 and 12 May on this thread, which refer to various comments made by Edward Smethurst’s friends on the social networking site ‘Facebook’. His lawyers say that: “Readers should have understood your [Tony Bennett's] postings to mean that our client is or is to be suspected of being a paedophile; that he associates with another allegedly known paedophile friend to whom you refer as ‘Greg the Groomer’, and that he somehow condones or sympathises with the actions of paedophiles. Not only are these grotesque allegations highly defamatory of our client, they are also entirely untrue, and it is clear that you have no proper basis whatsoever for making any such allegation. Self evidently, your postings will have caused – and continue to cause – serious and entirely unwarranted damage to our cleint’s reputation. They have also been the source of considerable distress to him”.Tony Bennett’s response dated 4 August 2011:1. The details of the Facebook comments made by the Facebook friends of Edward Smethurst are a matter of historical record and I have the details secure.2. I withheld from this thread comments these friends made about even more depraved sexual practices unfit to mention on here.3. Within days of my postings on 9 to 12 May this year, Edward Smethurst closed his Facebook account. 4. I agree that no conclusions should be drawn against Mr Smethurst simply because of comments made by his Facebook friends. I made no allegation that he either was a paedophile, nor that he associates with other alleged known paedophile friends, nor that he ‘condones or sympathises’ with the actions of paedophiles. No-one should assume anything at all from the Facebook records I produced; they were placed here merely out of interest since, like any member of the McCann Team, he remains a ‘person of interest’ to us.
On behalf of ADMIN
For the record, I have details of the comments made by friends of Edward Smethurst’s Facebook friends, and can confirm that Bennett’s description of these messages as “sexually depraved” is completely accurate. One such message referred to the contracting of a sexually transmitted disease via 100′s and 1,000s getting stuck under the commenter’s friends foreskin after offering a young boy a “lick of [his] special lolly”.
One of Smethurst’s Facebook friends was Ben Murphy. Murphy listed his interests as ‘Fisting’ and ‘Bestiality”. On clicking these headings one is taken to Facebook groups who share this interest, a quick perusal will reveal sickening comments, such as “Fisting keeps the children quiet”. Of course, this does not mean that Smethurst shares similar interests, but it certainly raises questions regarding the company he keep, on and off-line.
Did Smethurst ever meet up with Murphy and his friends at The Elephant and Castle public house?