Trial: Au pair speaks to the media at Manchester press conference.
Thanks her supporters and re-affirms her innocence. She will
not sell story she says.
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Manchester Airport News Conference 18/6/98
Andrew Miller, Louise's MP, hosted a press conference at Manchester
airport where Louise Woodward read out a statement and answered
questions from journalists. Earlier Miller had driven Louise
and her father up from Heathrow when it became impractical for
her to board a shuttle flight due to intense media pressure.
This is what Louise said:
"I am very pleased to be home, back on English soil.
I would like to thank all the people who supported me, and my
Contrary to any rumours I have not sold my story. I am going
to do an interview with the BBC for which I will receive no payment.
Although I feel very sorry for the death of baby Matthew, I did
not hurt him and I was not responsible for his death.
Because of the pre-trial publicity and missing medical evidence
I did not receive a fair trial.
I have no message for the Eappens.
I knew I was coming home, I thought they would consider acquittal,
I was disappointed that they didn't.
The support in Britain made a big difference.
I don't think I can answer questions about the trust fund.
I would like to go to University and be like a normal 20 year
I have grown up an awful lot, I know too much about American
In time the truth will come out, I will be cleared.
My life will never be the same again.
My voice was taken away from me ... the prosecutors in Boston
are elected. I am all in favour of educating people in Boston
about shaken baby syndrome.
A huge thank you for all the support from Elton and UK.
I said all along I would not sell my story. I don't think it
would be right."
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