Louise Woodward 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 lawyers.
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 old.
I have grown up an awful lot, I know too much about American law!
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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