Agony ... Gerry and Kate McCann
* Kate's Maddie hol premonition
Kate's Maddie holiday premonition
By JAMES CLENCH
KATE McCann had a haunting premonition about the holiday on which daughter Madeleine went missing.
She told a close pal before the trip had been booked: “I don’t know why, I’ve just got an uneasy feeling about it.”
Fiona Payne, 36, revealed Kate’s worries to Portuguese police.
Tapas friends ... Fiona and David Payne
Kate and husband Gerry, both 40, were at first undecided about whether to make the trip, she said.
Fiona was one of the Tapas Seven who dined with the McCanns on the night of three-year-old Madeleine’s disappearance at the Mark Warner Ocean Club resort in Praia Da Luz.
She told an officer: “This always haunts me. Kate ... what she said ... she was unsure.
“Gerry was quite keen but Kate said, ‘I don’t know why, I’ve just got an uneasy feeling about it.’
“And I don’t know why she said that. I don’t think even she knows.”
Fiona’s husband David, 42, said: “Kate didn’t feel quite easy about it.”
The details emerged during interviews given by the Tapas Seven — David, Fiona, her mum Dianne Webster, 64, Dr Russell O’Brien and his partner Jane Tanner, both 37, Dr Matthew Oldfield, 39, and his wife Rachael, 37.
They spoke to cops in April at Enderby, Leics.
The documents, which have been seen by The Sun, total more than 1,000 pages.
Asked how Kate appeared after Madeleine’s disappearance Fiona, an anaesthetist, said: “Awful. I’ve never seen such horrible raw emotion in my life and I’ve seen a lot of it in my job.
“She was bereft. She didn’t know what to do, she was panicking, extremely frightened for Madeleine and was wondering where she was or what was happening to her.
"And the helplessness of not being able to do anything, what should she be doing, what could they do.
“She was angry, really angry, punching walls, kicking walls.
“The next day she was covered in bruises. She was angry at herself.
“She kept saying, ‘I’ve let her down. We’ve let her down, Gerry. We should have been here’. And she prayed a lot.”
Husband David said: “Gerry broke down ... just a broken man.
"He would fling a cupboard open and have a look in a vain, desperate hope she might have been there.
“Then he flung himself on the floor and was just kicking the floor and was just, ‘She’s gone, she’s gone’.”
David’s mother-in-law Dianne said: “Gerry was distraught. I’ve never heard a man make the noises Gerry made.”
The Express do not use this picture in their articles, they use a picture of little Madeleine, I suspect the only one they are actually concerned about, time will tell.
‘THE TAPAS SEVEN’ - AN APOLOGY
Sunday October 19,2008
In articles published on 16 September and 2 December 2007 we suggested that Russell O’Brien and Jane Tanner, the holiday companions of Kate and Gerry McCann, might be named as official suspects by the Portuguese police investigating Madeleine’s disappearance and that Dr O’Brien might have helped to cover up the true facts.
We now accept that these suggestions should never have been made and were completely untrue. We apologise to Russell O’Brien and Jane Tanner to whom we have agreed to pay substantial damages which they will be donating to the Find Madeleine Fund.
By Brendan AbbottSunday October 19, 2008Kate and Gerry McCann are reviewing their strategy as no major breakthrough has emerged in the hunt for Madeleine.Millionaire businessman Brian Kennedy, their financial backer, is seeking a former high-ranking police detective to mastermind the private investigation.He has interviewed several candidates and will see more in the coming weeks. Whoever takes on the job faces the mammoth task of assessing information gathered by many private detectives since Madeleine vanished 18 months ago.The investigator will also have to read thousands of pages of Portuguese police files released in August and painstakingly translated.The family's spokesman Clarence Mitchell said the investigation was continuing in many countries as the McCanns study the files line by line.Heart specialist Mr McCann said in his blog report last week: "Kate and I have been incredibly busy over the last couple of months since the files were made public."We and our family have always vowed to leave no stone unturned in the search for our daughter and knowing exactly what has been done and, more importantly, what has not been done is vital in planning our future strategy."
'THE TAPAS SEVEN' - AN APOLOGY
Thursday October 16,2008
In articles published between July and December last year we suggested that the holiday companions of Kate and Gerry McCann might have covered up the true facts concerning Madeleine McCann’s disappearance and/or misled the authorities investigating her disappearance.
We also reported speculation that one member of the group, Dr Russell O’Brien, was suspected of involvement with Madeleine’s abduction. We now accept that these suggestions should never have been made and were completely untrue.We apologise to Jane Tanner, Russell O’Brien, Fiona Payne, David Payne, Matthew Oldfield, Rachael Oldfield and Diane Webster to whom we have agreed to pay substantial damages which they will be donating to the Find Madeleine Fund.