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Re: Ellie kidnapping case - mole in Public Prosecutor's Office warned kidnapper

Post  lily on Mon Oct 13, 2014 1:02 am

So, he wants the child to live with him and he can only afford 50 euros per week?  How ridiculous. 

I suppose he expects her mother to fund her and him?  Or have I got the wrong end of the stick?
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Post  bb1 on Mon Oct 13, 2014 10:40 am


He told the Portuguese television station TVi

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Algarve businessman to start trial for fleeing with daughter

Post  Max on Sat Feb 21, 2015 1:32 am




Algarve businessman to start trial for fleeing with daughter

IN NEWS · 19-02-2015 14:18:00

Portuguese businessman Filipe Silva is next month to start trial over the suspected kidnapping of his daughter Giselle Silva, commonly referred to in the press as Ellie, whose mother has dual British-Irish nationality.

The trial is due to commence on 17 March in Faro, it emerged this week.
A source from the Attorney-General’s office confirmed the case is currently “in a judicial phase and under the jurisdiction of a Judge.”
Silva, whose last known address was in Vilamoura, is to be brought before a judge after refusing to return his daughter to her mother following a two-week holiday in September 2012.
He is accused of unlawfully keeping the girl, then seven, from her mother, his ex-partner Candice Gannon, who had been granted parental custody and lived on the island of Madeira at the time.
Silva is also said to have flouted a court order to return the girl to her mother.
He was eventually detained by PJ detectives in early 2013 following a complex investigation which culminated in the issuing of an international arrest warrant.
Ellie, by then eight, was handed over to the authorities by her paternal grandmother in February 2013.
It is thought she had spent several months living with her father in Oporto, northern Portugal.
Reports this week by Correio da Manhã claim that should Filipe Silva be found guilty of kidnapping his daughter he could face up to ten years in prison.


http://www.theportugalnews.com/news/algarve-businessman-to-start-trial-for-fleeing-with-daughter/34054

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Post  bb1 on Sat Feb 21, 2015 11:34 am

Thank you, Max. Few will be surprised by any of this, especially as the Algarve is involved. Rolling Eyes

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Post  Max on Sat Feb 21, 2015 10:52 pm



No mention of any action being taken against the mole who was helping him though


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Evora Court’s decision in the Ellie Silva kidnapping case has astounded those following the case as clear evidence of corruption of a public official simply has been ignored.

This Evora decision was reached after 8 months of investigations under the ‘secret justice’ regime and clearly shows the full extent of the involvement of an employee of the Albufeira public prosecution service who was caught red-handed offering advice on the phone to Filipe Silva.

While Ellie was missing her mother and step-father were driven frantic with worry as the PJ searched the country for the child. Meanwhile a member of staff who was working for the public prosecution service and was close to the case, was feeding information to Filipe Silva - and was caught red-handed doing so

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Post  lily on Sat Feb 21, 2015 11:37 pm

Disgusting. mad
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Ellie kidnap trial delayed until May 21

Post  Max on Wed Mar 18, 2015 11:42 pm

Posted by portugalpress on March 17, 2015


Ellie kidnap trial delayed until May 21


It has taken years to come to trial and now even that is being delayed. The trial of Filipe Silva, the father who kidnapped his own daughter, Gisele “Ellie” Silva, in 2012 was due to take place this week but has been delayed for “processual reasons”. These are thought to include difficulties involved in setting up video links. Ellie now lives in Ireland with her mother, stepfather and younger siblings.

As her mother Candice has told us on a number of occasions, neither she nor her daughter have any desire to return to Portugal for the hearing, and Ellie’s father has in fact had no contact with his daughter for months.

“He has never even visited her in Ireland,” she told us.

Candice spent seven agonising months not knowing where her daughter was while Silva held the little girl in a flat in a closed condominium in Porto.

PJ police monitored Silva’s movements throughout the months he had Ellie, finally detaining him in February 2013.

Silva’s trial is now scheduled to go forwards on May 21.

Photo: Ellie with her younger sister Olivia pictured in Ireland

http://portugalresident.com/ellie-kidnap-trial-delayed-until-may-21#sthash.ku6ybDAn.dpuf

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Post  bb1 on Thu Mar 19, 2015 11:04 am

'Portuguese justice' is an oxymoron where children are concerned.

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Tavira kidnap dad finally goes on trial this week

Post  Max on Thu Sep 10, 2015 9:44 pm



Posted by portugalpress on August 31, 2015


Tavira kidnap dad finally goes on trial this week




Almost a year since he was caught, “kidnap dad” Paulo Guiomar is finally to go on trial.

His tug-of-love daughter Maria Alice - taken from her mother and hidden for two years - is now back enjoying a normal life with the little half-brother she didn’t know she had.

But as the final leg of justice plays out in a Faro court this week, the story shows how long it takes for family traumas like this to be settled.

In the dock on Wednesday will not only be Guiomar, a former Tavira maritime policeman, but his mother, Maria Dolores, who allegedly helped keep little Alice hidden in an attic apartment in Belgium.

The story, which shocked the nation in 2012, is just one of many parental kidnappings that take place every year. And they all take time to resolve.

Here in the Algarve and still awaiting trial is the kidnapping by Portuguese father Filipe Silva of his English daughter Giselle “Ellie” Silva.

Again, this is taking its time to get to court, although the child is back with her mother and living a settled life in Ireland.

As newspapers explain this morning, Guiomar is charged with kidnapping, the abandonment of his own duties as a policeman and the illegal detention of a weapon.

The Public Ministry’s case centres on the plan hatched between Guiomar and his mother to keep Maria Alice hidden from the authorities.

According to Correio de Manhã, the plan involved moving frequently and dressing the child up as a boy.

Maria Alice went missing from her home in September, 2012 and effectively missed two years of school.

When she was finally recovered last year, she returned to her former class in Luz de Tavira and her family requested as little press intrusion as possible so that the nine-year-old could reintegrate into the life she had lost.


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Re: Ellie kidnapping case - mole in Public Prosecutor's Office warned kidnapper

Post  lily on Thu Sep 10, 2015 9:56 pm

They are failing the children.  Why do they take so long?
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TRIAL OF ALGARVE BUSINESSMAN ACCUSED OF KIDNAPPING DUAL NATIONALITY DAUGHTER POSTPONED

Post  Max on Fri Oct 23, 2015 1:07 am


http://www.theportugalnews.com/news/trial-of-algarve-businessman-accused-of-kidnapping-dual-nationality-daughter-postponed/36307


Trial of Algarve businessman accused of kidnapping dual-nationality daughter postponed


IN ALGARVE · 16-10-2015 10:08:00


The trial of Portuguese businessman Filipe Silva, who is accused of kidnapping his daughter Giselle Silva, was due to start on Monday this week in Faro but has been postponed until 30 October at the defendant’s lawyer’s request.

The delay was justified by the fact that Silva had dismissed his previous lawyer and outrun the period conceded to appoint a replacement, so a court-appointed lawyer was assigned to the case at the 11th hour and granted an extension of time at his request to become familiar with it.
In 2012 Filipe Silva went on the run with his daughter, disobeying a court order to return the child to her mother, Irish-born Candice Gannon, who lived on the island of Madeira at the time.
Silva disappeared with Giselle – widely known to the general public as Ellie – following a two week holiday they had spent together that summer, triggering what was dubbed by the media a ‘tug-of-love’.
Filipe Silva is due to appear in the first court hearing of the trial at 9.30am on 30 October.
Faro court has also set the date of 2 December to hear Ellie’s mother and stepfather, Philip Gannon, by video-conference, from Ireland, where they now live.
Ellie was eventually handed back to her mother by her paternal grandmother, then aged 8, in February 2013 after her father was detained by PJ police.
If found guilty, Silva could face up to ten years in prison.


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Post  bb1 on Fri Oct 23, 2015 9:39 am


The delay was justified by the fact that Silva had dismissed his previous lawyer and outrun the period conceded to appoint a replacement


Must have been taking lessons from Gonzo.

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Post  Max on Sun Nov 01, 2015 4:05 am


http://www.algarvedailynews.com/news/7076-algarve-ellie-kidnap-case-father-kidnapped-his-daughter-out-of-despair


Algarve - Ellie kidnap case, father took daughter "due to his despair"

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The trial of Filipe Silva started today. Silva is the Vilamoura based businessman who abducted his daughter Ellie (pictured) in 2012, sparking a nationwide search which tracked the girl down to an apartment in Oporto.
Witness claimed in court today that Filipe Silva did not plan the kidnapping of his daughter, stating that the girl told her father that she did not want to return to Ireland where she lived with her mother Candice.
The former partner of Filipe Silva said today in court that the girl's father acted out of desperation.
Filipe Silva, who failed to return the girl in July 2012 ('September 2012' was claimed in court) after spending holidays with her, then hid Ellie for seven months to the distress of her mother and current husband.
The first session of the trial finally started on Friday morning, after three postponements, with the former partner of the businessman, who at the time lived with the accused, said that in the days before the date set for Ellie’s return to Ireland, the eight-year-old had cried and asked her father not to take her back to her mother.
"He (Filipe Silva) grabbed his daughter and said 'do not cry anymore, your father will not take you to Ireland,'" according to witness Ana Isabel Almeida who added that her ex-partner had been "desperate" not knowing what to do, and acted "instinctively" and had not planned to flee with his daughter.
Silva, who today chose not to testify, took the girl to a friend's house in Oporto where she was found seven months later in February 2013.
Ellie finally was handed over to the authorities by Filpe Silva’s paternal grandmother and Filipe Silva was detained by the Judicial Police.
Before deciding to keep the girl from her mother, in August 2012 Filipe Silva filed an injunction to try to block Ellie’s departure to Ireland.
This was a result of a letter from Ellie’s mother, Candice Gannon, "in which she expressed her intention of moving from Madeira to Ireland with her daughter and her current partner."(In fact this letter was a formal request from Candice Gannon for Silva to agree to Ellie moving to Ireland.)
Ana Isabel Almeida also claimed that the girl's mother did not provide her with a stable life, and claimed that while residing in Madeira, Ellie changed school "five or six times."
The next witness for the defence, Luis Calçada Correia, a long standing friend of the accused Filipe Silva, said that Silva was concerned about the move to Ireland.
"I know Filipe well and he would never do anything against the will of his daughter," said Correia, who then alleged that Candice Gannon did not behave normally as a mother, claiming there had been some episodes of heavy drinking.
Luis Calçada Correia, the owner of a pharmacy in Vilamoura and neighbour of the accused, said that Ellie said several times that she did not want to lose contact with her father and definitely did not want to go to Ireland.
The trial continues and it is expected in due course that Ellie, her mother and Philip Gannon will testify by teleconference from Ireland with a different version of the events and facts surrounding the lead up to and period of Ellie's kidnap.



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"It was a nightmare. For seven months, I did not know if my daughter was alive or dead."
Candice Gannon was giving evidence from Ireland via a video-link to Faro court on Wednesday and told the panel of judges of the psychological effects her daughter’s kidnap had on her during the months Ellie was hidden by her father, Filipe Silva.
In September 2012, when Ellie was seven-years-old, her father Filipe Silva failed to return her after a family holiday period, taking her to Oporto where she had to use a false name and wear a disguise when leaving the apartment where she was being held.
Ellie’s absence eventually was taken seriously by the authorities in Faro and a hunt for the kidnapped girl was mounted, leading seven months later to Oporto where Ellie was found to be living with her father in the apartment owned by a friend.
Ellie finally was handed over to the authorities by Filpe Silva’s paternal grandmother and Silva was detained by the Judicial Police.
In the first session of Silva's trial for kidnap in October this year, held after three postponements, Filipe Silva’s former partner, who claimed that at the time she was living with the accused, said that in the days before the date set for Ellie’s return to Ireland, the girl had cried and asked her father not to take her back to her mother, adding that Silva had been "desperate" not knowing what to do, and acted "instinctively" and had not planned to flee with his daughter.
In the second session of Filipe Silva’s trial, Ellie, her mother and step-father gave evidence via a video-link from Ireland, where the family now lives.
Candice Gannon explained to the group of judges that her daughter had been "deeply marked" during the period in which she was held against her and the family court’s wishes and that she continues with daily therapy.
Ellie told the court that she had been reluctant to go with her father to Oporto, "I wanted to go back to my mother in Ireland. I never tried to contact my mother because I was afraid of my father's reaction," adding that she was "disguised with a cap, a jacket and sunglasses." "I felt sad, as if I was stuck."
Ellie told the court that she never left the flat except to go to school, that she was forced to use the false name ‘Pipinha’, had missed her mother but was too afraid to mention her because Silva would get very angry, had sat in a study hall on her own with a private teacher each day, went out only once, had to wear a disguise and was allowed no contact with other children.
Silva, a Vilamoura based businessman, is due to give evidence at the final hearing in two weeks time - the parties then will wait for the judges’ verdict after a summing up sometime in January, 2016.
Filipe Silva failed to attend the court hearing this week, claiming he had to go to hospital having suffered an injury.


http://algarvedailynews.com/news/7382-ellie-kidnap-trial-evidence-heard-by-video-link-from-dublin


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Post  bb1 on Fri Dec 04, 2015 10:18 am

Ellie’s absence eventually was taken seriously by the authorities in Faro

The 'eventually' says it all, unfortunately.

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Post  Max on Fri Mar 18, 2016 6:47 am


Posted by portugalpress on March 14, 2016


Algarve kidnap dad drops appeal as parole date looms




A former maritime policeman jailed for three years only four months ago has dropped his appeal as it now seems certain that he will be freed next month.

Paulo Guiomar sparked a nationwide hunt in 2012 after vanishing with his then seven-year-old daughter Maria Alice.

Aided by his mother - who received a two-and-a-half year suspended sentence - he remained ‘on the run’ until 2014 while his daughter was raised in an attic apartment in Belgium, rarely going out, not allowed to socialise and not able to attend school.

The effects of the ordeal have left the child traumatised, judges have heard, and Guiomar and his mother are no longer allowed access to her.

But Guiomar has now spent over 18 months in preventive custody since being caught by police - initially still refusing to reveal Maria Alice’s whereabouts - so by law he will be eligible for parole in April, writes Correio da Manhã.

According to the paper, it is this imminent likelihood of freedom that caused him to drop his appeal against the jail term handed out in November.

After the sentencing, Maria Alice’s mother and sole guardian was asked whether she thought Guiomar’s prison sentence was sufficient.

She told reporters: ““If I look at my daughter now, I don’t know if I think it was enough.”

Next month, the same court is expected to announce its decision on a much more high-profile case of parental kidnapping, involving British child Giselle (“Ellie”) Kelly Silva.

Ellie was kept in an apartment in Porto after her Vilamoura businessman father Filipe decided not to return her to her mother, also in 2012.

The seven-month kidnap hit international headlines as Ellie’s desperate mother Candice appealed for help to find her daughter.

She has since been reunited with her mother, stepfather and siblings and the family now live in Ireland.

They did not return to Portugal for Silva’s trial, which only got underway last year - opting instead to give evidence via videolink.



http://portugalresident.com/algarve-kidnap-dad-drops-appeal-as-parole-date-looms#sthash.Fem649ra.dpuf



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Sentencing due today on Algarve kidnap dad helped covertly by Portuguese authorities

Post  Max on Sat Jun 04, 2016 2:20 am


Posted by portugalpress on June 03, 2016


Sentencing due today on Algarve kidnap dad helped covertly by Portuguese authorities


Sentencing is due today on Filipe Silva - the Vilamoura businessman who kidnapped his British daughter ‘Ellie’ for seven months, with all kinds of collusion from the Portuguese authorities.

As Ellie’s distraught mother Candice ran Facebook appeals and a high-profile campaign for her daughter’s recovery, Ellie was being kept from her in the full knowledge of a court magistrate and her father’s lawyer (click here).

No action was taken against the magistrate, though an official complaint against the lawyer is currently being considered by the Porto law association.

Also complicit in the cover-up was a television station that aired a report in Silva’s favour hours before Ellie was due to be reunited with her mother.

It was just a quirk of fate that saw the child run into the arms of her stepfather before the documentary was aired.

Philip Gannon told us at the time, “if we hadn’t got out when we did, I wouldn’t have rated our chances” (click here).

Ahead of Faro criminal court’s decision today, Gannon and his wife issued a statement..

Comparing the treatment of Silva to that of another Algarve kidnap dad Paulo Guiomar, they stressed the favourable terms so far afforded Silva.

In Guiomar’s case, the former maritime police agent was “remanded in custody when captured and given three years in prison when sentenced”.

But “when Silva was captured he was given full visitation rights and a trial for full custody by the Faro Family court.”

Figures recently released by Dr. Patricia Cipriano of the Portuguese Missing Children’s charity APCD ( http://www.ap-cd.pt ) show that parental kidnapping in Portugal is at an all time high. “Often with tragic results”, say the couple.

“We are aware of numerous cases of parental kidnaping in Portugal that are not being because the crime of 'Child Abduction' is not considered seriousness enough”, they add, stressing that article 249 of the Criminal Code of Portugal punishes child abduction by imprisonment of just two years, or a fine of up to 240 days, even when the child is abducted “by violent or coercive means".

“Maybe tomorrow’s decision will make a difference to all those parents that have had their children taken off them in direct breach of court decisions on custody”, they say, with the inference clear that very possibly it won’t.

“It should not have been so difficult to apply the rule of law in Portugal”, they conclude.

Thanking newspapers for the support given to their side of this long-running case, the couple stress Ellie is now a “very happy child” doing well at school with lots of friends.

Despite ‘full visitation rights’, Silva has not travelled over to Ireland to see his daughter since she was returned to her mother (click here).

http://portugalresident.com/sentencing-due-today-on-algarve-kidnap-dad-helped-covertly-by-portuguese-authorities#sthash.ngohm4JF.dpuf








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Faro court postpones ‘Ellie’ sentencing to hear new witnesses

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http://www.theportugalnews.com/news/faro-court-postpones-ellie-sentencing-to-hear-new-witnesses/38439

Faro court postpones ‘Ellie’ sentencing to hear new witnesses

IN NEWS · 03-06-2016 17:26:00 ·

Faro court has today again postponed the sentencing of a Portuguese father who is accused of kidnapping his dual-nationality daughter, to hear new witnesses.

Algarve businessman Filipe Silva was due to be sentenced in Faro today for unlawfully withholding his then eight-year old-daughter Giselle – widely referred to in the media as Ellie – from her Irish mother for six months spanning July 2012 to February 2013.

The sentencing will now take place on 24 June. If found guilty Silva faces up to ten years in jail.

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Faro court postpones ‘Ellie’ sentencing to hear new witnesses

Post  Max on Fri Jun 10, 2016 5:45 am


http://www.theportugalnews.com/news/faro-court-postpones-ellie-sentencing-to-hear-new-witnesses/38483



Faro court postpones ‘Ellie’ sentencing to hear new witnesses



IN NEWS · 08-06-2016 14:49:00

A Faro court has again postponed the sentencing of a Portuguese father who is accused of kidnapping his dual-nationality daughter, to hear new witnesses. A new hearing has been scheduled for 24 June, to hear witnesses brought in by the defence.

Algarve businessman Filipe Silva was due to be sentenced in Faro’s Court for Minors and Family last Friday, for unlawfully withholding his then seven-year-old daughter Giselle – widely referred to in the media as Ellie – from her British-Irish mother, Candice Gannon, for six months spanning September 2012 to February 2013.

However the sentencing was again postponed to allow for the new witnesses – two people, according to Lusa News Agency – to be heard later this month.

Sentencing was originally due to have taken place on 20 May but was postponed until June reportedly to allow Faro court time to “analyse facts that could change the original position”, Lusa reported.

On 20 May Faro court said it was “relevant to understand what happened after the separation” of Filipe Silva and Candice Gannon.
According to Lusa, the judge in charge of the case sent the defence and the prosecution a 27-page file containing 46 facts that indicated changes to how the case had been perceived thus far, and giving them until last Friday to analyse those facts.

As a result the defence asked for new witnesses to be heard, which the court accepted, with the new hearing being set for 24 June.

The case dates back to 2012, when Silva kept his daughter from her mother, who then lived on the Portuguese island of Madeira, and disobeyed a court order to hand her back.

In the several months of her absence the child is believed to have lived with her father in Porto, and he allegedly limited contact between Ellie and her mother.

Ellie was eventually returned to Candice in February 2013 by her paternal grandmother after Filipe Silva was detained by PJ police.

Candice Gannon currently lives in Ireland with husband Philip and their three young children.

Silva’s defence argues the businessman acted out of desperation, alleging he feared his daughter was going to be taken to Ireland to live and the child had said she did not want to go.

Speaking to The Portugal News, Candice Gannon was critical of the Portuguese legal system, claiming that this trial “is becoming one of the longest trials in Faro court history.”

If found guilty of kidnapping, Silva faces up to ten years in jail.





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Post  bb1 on Fri Jun 10, 2016 9:35 am

I swear some Portuguese courts make up the rules as they go along, Max.

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Ellie kidnap case: 2½ years 'suspended sentence' for Filipe Silva

Post  Max on Sun Jul 17, 2016 12:01 am



http://www.algarvedailynews.com/news/9371-ellie-kidnap-case-2-years-suspended-sentence-for-filipe-silva



Ellie kidnap case: 2½ years 'suspended sentence' for Filipe Silva



Created: 14 July 2016

The case involving Vilamoura businessman Filipe Silva, who kidnapped his daughter Ellie in 2012 after a period of parental access, is over.

Silva today received a 2½ year suspended sentence and has been ordered to pay compensation of €7,000 to Ellie's mother, Candice Gannon, and €9,000 to his own daughter for the distress caused by his actions.

Silva's abduction of his daughter Ellie sparked a nationwide police search which led finally to an apartment in Oporto and Silva's arrest on charges of kidnap.

The leniency of today's judgement has left Ellie’s mother, Candice Gannon, disgusted with the Portuguese justice system when it comes to child kidnapping and appalled at the insulting level of compensation for the substantial pain, suffering and distress Filipe Silva has caused her and her family.

Silva faced up to ten years in jail, but has run rings around the court and legal system while endeavouring to present himself as the aggrieved party.

The level of collusion within the Portuguese legal system to help Silva has been shocking.

Not only was a court official feeding Silva information about the kidnap hunt after Ellie had been abducted in 2012, Silva’s lawyer was fully aware of Ellie’s whereabouts but did nothing to alert the authorities despite a desperate nationwide search being underway.  

Filipe Silva, a well-off Vilamoura businessman, failed to pay a cent in child support and in court a witness claimed Silva had abducted his own daughter ‘out of desperation’ as he did not want Ellie to move to Ireland.

Ellie’s mother, Candice Gannon, has custody of her daughter. Her family life is in Ireland so it seems sensible that her daughter lives there too and there was never any suggestion that Silva's parental access would be denied.

Silva ended up receiving legal aid with the taxpayer paying his legal fees.

Ellie’s mother said by video-link from Ireland during Silva’s trial that her daughter was "deeply marked by the period in which she was held by her natural father in Oporto, was undergoing daily therapy and has been suffering from anxiety with troubled sleep and low self-confidence.”

Candice Gannon today hit out, “This sentence comes as no surprise to me. I have learned to expect very little justice from Faro courts”

“Thankfully Ellie is safe and well and very happy living in a country that believes in enforcing the law.”

Another father in a high-profile Algarve kidnapping is Paulo Guiomar, who received a sentence of three years in prison having been remanded in custody due to the seriousness of the charges. Filipe Silva was at liberty before his trial and remains so.

Ellie’s mother today commented further, "I am disgusted by the leniency of this sentence.  The Algarve is well known for not taking child kidnapping too seriously”

“Despite the disgraceful decision to suspend this sentence, we are very pleased that this ordeal is finally over and we are looking forward to going back to enjoying our family life in Ireland where child protection is taken somewhat more seriously.”

“Needless to say we are raging with the leniency of this sentence, but we sort of knew all along that they would let him away with it.”

Filipe Silva failed to show up in court to hear his sentence. Instead, he sent in a sick note.




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Post  bb1 on Sun Jul 17, 2016 9:48 am


Filipe Silva failed to show up in court to hear his sentence. Instead, he sent in a sick note.


What a pathetic sentence for a serious crime - no wonder he feels safe to laugh at the court.

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Post  Pedro Silva on Sun Jul 17, 2016 10:05 am

about: "The level of collusion within the Portuguese legal system to help Silva has been shocking.", this another reason to change the PT legal system which, as we know, is not working perfectly, but, this is no surprise due to the fact of paedophiles instead of be in jail, are free to walk in the streets, even with the "punishment" (which for me is no punishment) of appear periodically in the police station also with a warning of being far away from the victim.

instead of protecting the victims, allows the paedophiles to walk free in the streets just like any ordinary person who have not committed any crime. insane legal system for sure.
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Post  bb1 on Sun Jul 17, 2016 10:26 am

I sometimes wonder what you have to do to be jailed in Portugal, Pedro.

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Post  Pedro Silva on Sun Jul 17, 2016 10:43 am

bb1, your words are mine.
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