An internet troll branded by the UK national press as “vile” has offered Madeleine’s family an apology after six years of abuse and libelous accusations. Sean Hyland last year told Kate and Gerry McCann that to ‘shut him up’ he would have to go to prison or be killed is now offering the family a full and unreserved apology for his behavior since Madeleine went missing in May 2007 from the Portuguese Algarve.
As well as threatening the McCann family and their children, Sean ‘Mad-dog’ Hyland has also gone after the McCann’s spokesman, Clarence Mitchell’s family including his eldest daughter. Since 2007 Hyland, 52, a steel worker now living in Scunthorpe, has orchestrated a torrent of abuse at Madeleine’s family which has incited violence and predatation of Kate, Gerry and their children, Sean and Amelie.
Hyland’s apology to the McCann family comes ahead of regional police forces in the United Kingdom questioning internet trolls in connection with threats made at Madeleine’s family and friends. Hyland expressed a desire to apologize to Madeleine’s family after admitting he probably didn’t know all the facts of her disappearance and accepted the threats and abuse he had published on-line about them has needlessly distressed them. In a condition with local police Hyland has stated he will no longer incite hatred towards Madeleine’s family.
Last week Merseyside police confirmed they had questioned two individuals in relation to threats directed at Kate McCann and public disclosure of Kate’s movements with Sean and Amelie on a Facebook page where members have openly discussed murdering Madeleine’s mother. The two were later released on police bail.
Humberside police would only confirm that a 52 year old man had been questioned in connection as part of ongoing investigation related to internet threats towards Kate McCann and additionally, threats made against Clarence Mitchell’s daughter and wife.
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