27 Feb 2009


As Police know, going back to what was said in the beginning, rather than everything that has subsequently been said to try and undo that, can provide the very best evidence. Strange the way that 'hunt the Maddie monster' phrase was already coined within the first few days. A game, that as we know, the McCanns would get Maddie's little brother and sister to play. What concern they have always demonstrated for their normal development!


Friday May 4,2007

The father of missing three-year-old Madeleine McCann made a fresh emotional plea for help in tracing his daughter.

Following criticism of aspects of how the case had been handled he also expressed the family's thanks to the police for their efforts.

Appearing before a bank of cameras and a crowd of reporters Gerald McCann stood arm in arm with his wife Kate who was again clutching a pink teddy bear as she was earlier when the family were first seen in public following the disappearance which police are now treating as an abduction.

Dr McCann said: "First of all we would like to thank everyone here in Portugal, the UK and elsewhere for all your support during this extremely difficult time for our family.

"We are pleased that the family liaison officers from Leicestershire are now working closely with the Portuguese police in keeping us informed.

"We have no further information regarding the investigation but appreciate the significant effort everyone is making on our behalf.

"We would again like to appeal for any information, however small, that may lead to the safe return of Madeleine.

"Finally we would like to thank the media for respecting our privacy especially that of Madeleine's little brother and sister."

Detectives in the Algarve earlier said they are hunting a "suspect" after evidence appeared to rule out the possibility that Madeleine had gone missing by herself.

While Portugal's Judicial Police - the equivalent of Britain's CID - refused to give precise details of who they are hunting, they revealed that they believed Madeleine was still alive. Hundreds of tourists, British expats and Portuguese residents joined a search for her.


Saturday May 5,2007
Mark Reynolds

THE three-year-old daughter of two doctors is feared kidnapped today after disappearing during a family holiday in Portugal.

Police are investigating whether little Madeleine McCann was snatched from their ground-floor holiday apartment while they dined out.

Kate McCann, a GP, and her husband, Gerry, a heart specialist, had left the toddler – dressed only in white pyjamas – sleeping with her two-year-old twin brother and sister.

As the parents ate in a tapas restaurant just yards away in Praia da Luz, western Algarve, on Thursday night, intruders are feared to have broken through shutters into the bedroom and abducted Maddy as she slept. The twins, Amelie and Sean, were not disturbed.

Specialist anti-kidnap officers from Britain’s Serious Organised Crime Agency were heading to the resort last night to help the Portuguese police.

Sniffer dogs scoured the area for any signs of the missing youngster. One dog, after smelling a piece of the child’s clothes, appeared to pick up the scent before it disappeared some 50 yards away outside a local supermarket.

The store’s CCTV was checked – but it had not been working.

The McCanns, both 38, from Rothley village, near Leicester, were due to celebrate Maddy’s fourth birthday next week.

They issued an emotional statement, saying: “We have received lots of support from friends, family and the public and the family are very grateful for that support.

“At this time, all the family’s focus is in assisting the UK, and in particular the Portuguese, authorities in securing Madeleine’s safe return.”

The youngster’s aunt, Trish Cameron, of Dumbarton, near Glasgow, said: “The phone went last night and it was my brother Gerry, distraught on the phone, breaking his heart.

“He said, ‘Madeleine’s been abducted, she’s been abducted’. They kept going back to check the kids every half-hour.”

On the last visit, at 10 pm, Mrs McCann went into the apartment, then ran out, screaming.

Mrs Cameron said: “The door was lying open, the window in the bedroom and the shutters had been jemmied open. Nothing had been touched in the apartment, no valuables taken, no passports. They think someone must have come in the window and gone out the door with her. It looks as if somebody has either been watching, or they’ve targeted her.”

Police were keeping an open mind about what happened. They were also investigating whether Maddy could simply have wandered off.

The apartment block in the Mark Warner complex is just 200 yards from the sea, and it was dark by the time the alarm was raised. But kidnapping remained the most likely explanation for the disappearance.

The McCanns had not employed a baby-minder, although the holiday company offers a free drop-in creche service or a paid-for private babysitter.

Dr McCann is a cardiologist at Leicester’s Glenfield Hospital. His wife is a popular family doctor in Melton Mowbray. A Portuguese police spokesman said: “They immediately raised the alarm and a search was begun, but so far there has been absolutely no sign of the girl. The fear is she has been abducted.”

Police sealed off the five-storey block and began taking fingerprints. Three police vans and three police cars were at the scene as four uniformed officers searched the family apartment. Forensic specialists fingerprinted the window sill of the McCanns’ ground-floor apartment.

A patio at the back of the block, believed to be attached to the family’s room, was sealed off with tape.

As soon as the disappearance was discovered, hotel guests joined a frantic search of the grounds until 4.30am.

Resort hotel manager John Hill said: “It was a very emotional and very frantic night and everyone did a fantastic job of getting involved and trying to search the area. As you can imagine, Madeleine’s parents are distraught and not doing very well at all.”

A Mark Warner spokesman stressed that the resort offered a “dining out service” providing creche facilities for children aged four months to nine years.

“We are all hoping that the child is asleep under a bush somewhere, and that we will find her soon,” he said.

He added that there was no physical evidence that the girl had been abducted. And he said Mark Warner had never had a child missing or abducted before.

Yesterday, Maddy’s grandparents, Brian and Susan Healy, from Mossley Hill, Liverpool, flew to join their daughter Kate. They said she felt the Portuguese authorities were not doing enough to find Maddy.

But Portuguese police said every possible theory was being investigated.

A close friend of the McCanns, Jill Renwick, said the parents were adamant their daughter had been abducted.

“They were just watching the hotel room and going back every half-hour,” she said.

“They went out about eight, went back in at nine, they were fine, went back in at 10 – and she was gone. They are very, very anxious parents and very careful and they chose Mark Warner because it is a family-friendly resort.”

Another friend, Pat Perkins, 61, said: “Gerry and Kate are fantastic parents and could see the bedroom from the hotel restaurant.

“Madeleine’s a beautiful little girl. It’s her fourth birthday soon. They were supposed to be flying home tomorrow to celebrate. We can’t believe what’s happening. We’re sat by the phone waiting to hear news. We’re all going through hell.”

Praia da Luz resident Mark McCarrick said the girl might have simply walked out of her room.

“The parents left the door ajar so they could keep going over and looking at her,” he said. “We are hoping that because the door was open, she just walked out.”

The resort, set in sub-tropical gardens, is made up of self-catering cottages and low-rise apartment blocks. Though a popular, quiet holiday haven for Britons, it has also attracted “unsavoury types”, mainly burglars, who target holidaymakers.

Last night, the Foreign Office confirmed that the British anti-kidnap unit was in contact with the McCanns’ local police force and a liaison officer based in Lisbon was in contact with Portugal’s police chief.

Sunday May 6,2007

By Matt Drake and David Paul
KIDNAPPED toddler Madeleine McCann is in the clutches of a paedophile, Portuguese police said last night.

Detectives are convinced the three-year-old is still alive and they believe she is being held in a lair no more than three miles from the luxury holiday apartment where she was snatched from her bed.

A prime suspect has been identified, thanks to more than 30 witnesses contacting police with his description and a desperate hunt to find him was under way yesterday. But detectives were last night refusing to release copies of a sketch of Madeleine’s kidnapper in case he panics for fear of being caught and kills her.

Dozens of tourists in Praia da Luz in the western Algarve abandoned their holidays yesterday to join police search teams and local residents looking for golden-haired Madeleine.

And volunteers from more than an hour’s drive away from the seaside village of Praia da Luz have been turning up at the Mark Warner resort in the village offering their services.

I cannot deny we are looking for a paedophile
Director of judicial police, Guilhermino Encarnacao

Search co-ordinator Dave Shelton, 38, from Manchester, who has lived in the village for more than 16 years running an air conditioning company, said: “I came here first on Friday morning, I speak a little Portuguese and was helping police knock on the doors of all the apartments. Then people just started coming out of the woodwork saying, ‘We’ve heard, what can we do to help’.”

But despite the news of a prime suspect there was mounting criticism of the Portuguese police’s failure to respond quicker and more decisively when the youngster was first found to be missing at 10pm on Thursday.

Friends and relatives of the McCanns alleged yesterday that the search was only upgraded to a major investigation after the intervention of John Buck, Britain’s ambassador in Portugal.

Despite being convinced – for reasons they have refused to make public – that Madeleine is still in the Algarve, Interpol have been alerted about her disappearance and checks were being made at every Portuguese port and airport.

At a chaotic press conference held on the steps of a police station in Portimao yesterday, Guilhermino Encarnacao, director of the judicial police in the Faro region of Portugal, confirmed that the search is centred on an area no further than three miles from the swish Mark Warner Ocean Club resort where the McCanns had hired a ground-floor holiday flat for £1,600 a week.

“There is a prime suspect,” said Mr Encarnacao. “There is a portrait sketch of the suspect but I am not going to release it because it may put the little girl’s life in danger.”

When asked if he thought Madeleine was still alive he added: “Yes, I believe she is still alive. However, in Portugal such kidnappings are not only just for money, they can be for sexual abuse. I cannot deny we are looking for a paedophile.”

Forensic experts have sealed off the apartment, in a three-storey block, where Madeleine disappeared. Her parents had been dining at a Tapas bar several hundred metres away but had checked on Madeleine and their other children, two-year-old twins Sean and Amelie, every 30 minutes.

It was when Kate McCann returned to the flat that she found the shutters of the front window had been jemmied open and the door left wide open. Madeleine was taken while her brother and sister slept either side of her.

At one point yesterday morning sniffer dogs were taken into the apartment where Madeleine had been sleeping to pick up her scent before heading off around the Ocean Club complex and into the nearby village.

Yesterday the McCanns faced the grim task of returning to the apartment to take away Madeleine’s toys and clothing. The family have moved to another flat a few yards away while the increasingly desperate search continues.

Doctors Gerry and Kate McCann, both 38, from Rothley, Leicestershire, looked shattered as they collected buckets and spades, suitcases and other items from their holiday home.

Meanwhile, Gerry’s sister Philomena slammed Portuguese police for not doing enough to find Madeleine’s faster.
Speaking from her home in Glasgow she said Gerry was furious with the way the inquiry was being handled. “My brother is at his wits’ end. They’ve just played it down from the minute he first approached them.

“I mean, you can hear his voice breaking. His wife, she can barely stand up. She can’t sleep, she can’t eat.

“They spent seven hours in the police station yesterday. What for? It took three hours just to get a statement from Kate, and Kate is an extremely articulate young woman. What’s going on?”

The McCanns could have dropped all their three children off at a drop-in creche provided by the Mark Warner holiday firm at the Ocean Club while they dined out last Thursday, or paid for one of the firm’s staff to babysit for them at the apartment, but chose not to use either option.

That has sparked a wave of criticism of the couple, but yesterday their friends and family hit back.

Madeleine’s uncle, retired head teacher Bryan Kennedy said: “Kate and Gerry are highly responsible parents, very much devoted to the family idea.”

He added: “We understand that it is a pleasant resort which is supposed to be safe for families – just the type of place where you can put your children to bed and keep popping back to make sure they were safe.”

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nancy said...

Hi Viv -

An eerie silence from these newspapers these days, but reading those reports, I get the distinct impression they were not exactly convinced the McCanns were innocent in Maddie's disappearance.

How strange that neither the McCanns or any of the other tapas parents, used the babysitting service offered by Warners!

These weren't working class lowly paid people, but doctors who were on a salary most people could only dream about with a wonderful life style to go with it.

I haven't seen any excuse from any of them for not using the service, unless I missed it, which would have meant they could eat and drink without having to leave their seats every half hour, or hourly, whatever the real truth is in that respect.

One of the couples, we know, had a baby monitor, but I still wouldn't have trusted that the thing would have picked up a signal from the distance they were in the tapas bar.

They all took a terrible chance with the lives of their children, and if Madeleine was really abducted by a paedophile, although I'm not convinced of that, it could so easily have been any of their children.

Why was Maddie chosen? Maybe her beauty was the temptation!


Di said...

Hi Nancy

I agree why was Maddie chosen?

Any of the children could have been taken, if we are to believe she was abducted.

I remember when Gerry stated Maddie had been taken by paedophiles, several people came forward stating Maddie was too young to be targeted by paedophiles.

Then it was suggested Maddie had been taken to order for a childless couple. I remember stating at the time why Maddie and not one or both of the twins who would be far easier to place with new parents as they were so young and would forget their past

So back to your statement, why Maddie?

Exactly, all the children were left alone so any one of them could have been a target.

nancy said...

Viv -

Regarding the media's softly, softly approach at the moment maybe being due to the McCanns,in the event of any charge being brought against them, citing publicity as an unfair trial, surely the media can counterclaim that was because of all the publicity the McCann's promoted themselves - after all it was Gerry McCann who immediately got in touch with Sky News and the BBC and got the media ball rolling! They courted world wide publicity in the first place so how can they use that publicity as an excuse to try and claim an unfair trial?


Di said...

Good point Nancy.

Gerry & Kate courted the media at every given opportunity.

However, I am sure they could state that a jury would be biased as there would be no way they could possibly have missed all the media attention.

viv said...

Hiya both,

I think what I mean by these early articles hold the key is that Gerry was immediately saying Maddie had been abducted by a paedophile, he was immediately engaging the world's press, he was immediately lying saying this abductor had broken into their apartment.

As you say they have the money most of us can only dream about but would not even pay for a babysitter.

The police initial thoughts, apparently based on evidence was that Maddie was nearby and alive. They also thought the McCanns were involved from the first hour as Goncalo points out. Going through the procedures of checking with the dogs was very important in investigating this couple but then having done that, I think it takes the police back to where they started from, knowing this couple were involved and knowing Maddie was abducted, but it was an abduction they arranged and one Gerry carefully planned to arrange and then immediately engage the world's press. I think much of what is going on is as you suggest, not just to make lots of money, an idea the police have now forced them to forego, but also to try and say they could not get a fair trial. There is behaviour in certain areas that keeps seeking to engage others and I am sure it is with that purpose in mind. We do need to make sure, I think, we do not take part in such massive efforts to pervert the course of justice.

It was reported in October 2007 Rebelo had gone back to the original thought of Maddie being kidnapped and in agreeing with that I have certainly not become a Pro-McCann!

That is where British agencies are at, I believe, and this case is being unpicked bit by bit, we only have to look at events in Spain and Gerry's recent trip to see his Portuguese lawyer to confirm that.

There will be justice but interfering members of the public with their own peculiar agenda certainly cannot take that forward.

We need to have faith in the police and I certainly do have.


viv said...

I would just add the British press have no choice but to keep quiet about this case as the law for journalists article I posted confirms. There is one who seeks to whip up a storm about that who I really do not trust! Well a lot more than one actually...


viv said...

Oh and such conduct seems to show up pretty well in the McCann accounts. That is an insidious form of "defence".


nancy said...

Hi Viv and Di -

I remember in one of my first blogs (as Wooram) on the DX, I put forward a theory (and only a theory) of maybe Maddie's disappearance being a hoax and a scam in order to escape justice for the real reason and that they knew what had happened to her, but I got such abuse from certain quarters and not long after that I was banned.

Then I began to alter my opinion when the question of sleeping medication and a fatal accident came into the equation.

I still hover between the two scenarios - one opinion I certainly haven't changed though and that is the crackpot idea that some paedophile climbed in through a window, picked up a sleeping child and escaped with her without her waking up or leaving any sign of his DNA or being spotted by anyone, other than, very fortuitous for the McCanns, Jane Tanner and her bogeyman.

I hope you are right about the police Viv and they will come up with the goods sooner rather than later and there isn't some conspiracy at the top echelons of society to silence everyone who tries to get justice for Madeleine.

Off to bed now - see you tomorrow!


viv said...

Hiya Nancy

Firstly I think all of us who were honestly looking at ways in which the McCanns disposed of Maddie on the DX were subjected to horrific abuse and then banned and we remember who the gangleader of that abuse was and some quite incredible racism the DX never saw fit to challenge, which is extraordinary given that is is illegal!

Gerry McCann told the most terrific lies from the very first moments of Maddie being missing and for that reason he is quite obviously involved.

There are differing ways in which he could have been involved, murdering her, gross negligence manslaughter, a hoax, or being involved in her kidnapping. It is not unreasonable to consider any of these scenarios as the police clearly have done because at the end of the day they are definitely guilty of this little girl's disappearance. Having looked at the first two, I am now more inclined to believe it was the latter two, as you know, particuarly her kidnapping/paedophilia/money because this relates to the evidence as I see it.

As you say his suggestions as to how a paeodphile got in there without leaving any damage or any forensic trace, carrying Maddie out sleeping is "crackpot", that is a very good word to describe it.

It is just a bizarre scam for people to suggest the police are not dealing with this case. That would translate ultimately into persuading the public the police believe the McCanns are innocent and in their wildest dreams enable them to start making that huge money earning film they always dreamed of. The McCanns are utter fools to think they can get away with this. Their serious criminality is obvious and there are a number of British agencies dealing with this. That just goes to show how seriously we take it.

Never in my life have I heard anything so absurd as the suggestion a British Prime Minister would simply destroy himself and the labour party to cover up the conduct of two doctors and their friends who behave in such a bizarre and disgusting way. But some people it would seem, have actually been persuaded to believe this, more fool them!

Sleep well darling

Viv xxx

viv said...

The McCanns were told that in order to make a film about Madeleine the story would need to have a conclusion. So who is it who keeps trying to insist Madeleine is dead and we should even have an inquest saying so, he really makes me sick!

The same idiot who publicises Clarence Mitchell's little do at the Oxford Union and describes him as this great successful man. Not from where I am standing he isn't, he is a man who has supported a couple of child abusers to make lots of money and who has got the push everywhere he worked.


hope4truth said...


I dont care if the McCann's dont get a fair trial an it is kicked out of court and they get to go home...

IF all the evidence is presented papers start to report how ludicrous their abduction story was the happy snaps are plastered all over the place with the dates they were taken and the fund is fully invstigated...

Then perhaps people can start to look for Madeleine and either save her life or offer her a decent burial...

viv said...

Good post from Beach on 3 As. There should not have been any police leak or police speaking out, that clearly does the cause of justice no good at all. I have suggested well maybe the leaks from Portugal were done with a proper purpose but, I do not think so really. I hope, given the case has been effectively "shut down" since October 2007 to any leaks at all, the ultimate aim of justice has not been permanently frustrated, particularly given the leaks and continuing discussion seem to be mainly on the wrong track, although this is changing somewhat. Someone is a loose cannon I am afraid to say, and given his former position, he really ought to know better. I would imagine LP etc kind of dread what he may come out with next, good job a lot seems to have been held back.

Jeanne, perhaps it looks dicey at first blush, but individual policemen should not be making public statements or unilateral judgments about releasing information about a case. That is an invitation to chaos. The leaking of confidential information from a case file by a policeman is a crime in the UK (misconduct in public office).

Any individual policeman who feels that he has been instructed to do something illegal or unprofessional by a superior could always go to the NPIA or IPCC. In addition, there is nothing to stop a policeman from writing a letter to his MP, the Attorney General, or - if he/she does not trust the current government, the opposition - regarding untoward and possibly illegal orders from someone in his chain of command.

I have not seen the confidentiality statements that the police were required to sign in Leicestershire, but I believe that they do exist. However, I have heard that one of the primary purposes was to ensure that someone involved with the case did not do something like take early retirement and then a few months down the road, sell his/her story to a tabloid. The offence of misconduct in public office is a common law, not a statutory offence, and courts have held that in order to be charged, an individual must be "a public officer acting as such"; therefore, people who no longer hold a public office probably would not be covered. Moreover, courts have set a high standard for what constitutes "misconduct" in this sense, making prosecution difficult.

Leaks by the police can cut both ways, both for and against the suspects. For example, if press reports that apparently originated in Spain in December 2007 that one or more of the tapas 7 had decided to break ranks and change a previous statement HAD been true, that would be a juicy titbit that any media outlet would have loved to get its hands on. Yet I seriously doubt if the name of the person who had changed his/her statement prematurely seeing the light of day would have improved the prospects of the case.

Of course you have the right to feel differently, and many other people here would doubtless agree with you, but for myself, I cannot fault the Leics police for trying to do something proactive to stop leaks by people who might be associated with the case now but who within a very short period of time might not be within their control. In my opinion, the early leaks to the press in Portugal did the case no good; leaks out of Leics might have been no better for the outcome.

viv said...

Hiya Hope

I wondered where you were!

You make a good point, even if the trial was not fair and they got to walk, at least the public would find out the details about these two, once and for all and, far more importantly, great efforts could be made to find little Maddie, if she is dead, so that she can get a proper burial and if she is alive so that she can be rescued from what she is suffering.

But I have the distinct feeling British agencies and linking with others on the continent, Interpol etc, are doing everything they can to find this little Angel, all we can do is back them to the hilt and really hope for the best.

Justice for Maddie !

hope4truth said...

Hi Viv

Things have been a bit manic!!!

I hope you are right god forbid children are put behind adults in the importance stakes every child deserves the best life can offer them not allowed to vanish with no questions asked...

See you tomorrow I am off to bed xxx

viv said...

Hiya Hope

Well I hope you just mean manic as in hectic and fun, not any problems.

I entirely agree children have rights, just as much as adults, even if there are some who only see them as objects to be abused and parents wishes only considered.

On the last thread I posted a link to Jon Clements original letter he received from LP. On it they were saying that in light of the Portuguese actions in shelving the case in August, senior officers at LP were holding a meeting in September to discuss. That clearly does not suggest to me that they just thought, oh right, we can shelve it too! I think there would have been agreement that it was not reasonable for the Portuguese to have the trouble and expense of leading this investigation any longer, given it clearly involved British offenders, but of course, the decisions were taken in confidence, as they clearly should be. If Madeleine is alive and being held somewhere it could clearly place her at further risk of serious harm if the police do what they clearly should not do, and put information out into the public domain. I am sure they do have leads to follow as to where she may be and will be following these up with specialist operatives etc.

Our law always puts children first and Gerry and Kate deserve what is coming to them, they will never get back to normal as Gerry puts it. That was the choice they made when they decided to get rid of their own little girl and then cash in.

See you tomorrow darling and sleep well.


viv said...

Chief Superintendent Bob Small (now retired) who was also involved in the Maddie case in Portugal commended his officers who brought a vicious step father to justice 24 years later for the murder of his partner's 3 year old tot. Those who abuse children have a lifetime to fear that knock on the door and the police know exactly where Kate and Gerry are.

It is interesting we sent a Detective chief Superintendent Bob Small and the one immediately beneath him Detective Superintendent Stu Prior among many others, and again demonstrates just how serious this case is considered to be and was from the very outset. A couple of doctors just get rid of their little girl, bounce it around the world's press and cash in, yet it is serious alright, serious enough to have LP's top detectives out in Portugal and CEOP too!


from 2006:

A judge has commended officers
who helped ensure a man was
convicted of a toddler’s
murder – 24 years after the
crime was committed.
Mr Justice Treacy praised
DC Steph Walkinshaw and
DC Dave Tovey, who has
now retired from the Force,
for their hard work and
dedication to justice.
Nicholas Byard, of The
Common, Barwell, was
convicted at Nottingham Crown Court
on October 25 of murdering threeyear-
old Lisa, his then partner’s
daughter, in February 1982. He was
sentenced to life imprisonment.
The case was reinvestigated after
Lisa Jayne’s natural father, Alan
Pegg, approached the Force in 2002.
A number of factors,
including fresh medical
evidence and the bad
character provisions under
the Criminal Justice Act
2003, meant information
not previously available
could now form part of the
prosecution case.
Chief Supterintendent
Bob Small echoed
the judge’s praise and paid
tribute to DC Jane Hicks and
DC Nick Woodrow. “The judge’s
commendation is recognition of all
the hard work put in by officers on
the ground in this case.”

viv said...

According to this report in The Times, there was forensic evidence that Madeleine had been regularly sedated. I recall that certain forensic reports were one of the things that Stu Prior was adamant should not be released. I have this awful feeling as to why little Maddie was regularly sedated and of course why Stu Prior would not want this released whilst it continues to be investigated. Poor little Madeleine. I think in a way it is a pity that they did not take Kate back to Portugal for further interrogation because she may well have cracked without him there, was that the thinking all along, given we heard the PJ believed that Gerry "controlled" her. Of course this would raise the spectre though of an inadmissible confession under duress but it may have led to better information as to where Maddie may be found. Goncalo clearly got overruled in his wishes being shortly taken off the case after this, it would seem, because he is just too talkative. I do not think his book will ever be allowed to arrive here because it could frustrate justice taking place in the UK.

September 15, 2007
Portuguese police to extend their inquiry to Leicester
Kate McCann leaves her home in Leicester, England
David Brown and Steve Bird in Portimão and Patrick Foster

Detectives investigating the disappearance of Madeleine McCann are preparing to travel to Britain to carry out further inquiries, amid concerns that her parents are under an intolerable strain.

Police in Portugal have already been authorised to carry out a series of searches in Praia da Luz and to reinterview key witnesses as they attempt to build a case against Kate and Gerry McCann. A team of Portuguese officers will travel to Leicester to work alongside British officers who are investigating the McCanns.

Two senior Portuguese officers, Guilhermino Encarnação, the director of the PolÍcia Judiciária in Portimão, and Gonçalo Amaral, the co-ordinator of the force, had a three-hour meeting yesterday with Pedro Daniel dos Anjos Frias, the criminal instructional judge who is reviewing the evidence in the case, ahead of plans to order Mrs McCann to return to the Algarve for further questioning.

The Times has learnt that the couple will not be returning to the Algarve until next Wednesday. The judge has a deadline of Thursday to consider requests from the public prosecutors for a series of searches.
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Portuguese police are said to believe that they will never find Madeleine’s body, making it difficult to secure a conviction. Investigators think that her body was most probably dumped in a bag weighed down with stones and thrown off a British-owned yacht on the high seas, according to reports in the Diário de NotÍcias newspaper.

The police case against the McCanns includes traces of Madeleine’s body fluids and hair allegedly found in their holiday apartment in Praia da Luz and in a car that was rented by the couple 25 days after her disappearance. Reports have suggested that the finding of Madeleine’s DNA in the boot proves that her corpse had been in there. Officers also believe that there are inconsistencies in statements made by the couple and a group of friends whom they were with on the night she disappeared.

But a senior detective involved in the investigation said that although officers had plenty of circumstantial evidence, they could not prove what happened to Madeleine and had “nothing concrete”, a Portuguese newspaper has reported. The detective, spoken to by 24 Horas, a Portuguese newspaper, said: “Even if the blood and the traces gathered in the car and the apartment were confirmed to correspond 100 per cent with the little girl’s DNA that would prove nothing.”

It was also reported yesterday that the Forensic Science Service in Birmingham had discovered evidence from Madeleine’s hairs that she had been regularly sedated, leading to the suggestion that she might have been killed by an overdose. The couple have denied sedating Madeleine.

Mr and Mrs McCann met their lawyers and media advisers in London yesterday to discuss how to respond to accusations that Madeleine was killed accidentally.

viv said...


In this video, the tennis balls pic is acknowledged to be the last photo of Madeleine, before, Gerry went home and got his doctored poolside pic of Maddie with blonder hair and looking younger and cuter.

It is always like the McCanns have wished to seriously disguise what Madeleine actually looks like by producing old pictures of her. They do not want her to be recognised? In a way this kind of suggests that she just might be, but there again, the younger Maddie is, the cuter she looks, and the better the pic is as a "really good marketing ploy", which is clearly the way the McCanns see their own promptly trademarked little girl. As Rosie pointed out on the DE, just like the late Diana, why should anyone else be able to cash in, other than the parents? Why indeed! Or, as Clarence Mitchell would put, "we will protect our commercial interests". I find it strange that Clarence looks upon little Maddie as his own "commercial interest". Well no, not perhaps, not strange, more like downright sinister..or is the "we" just part of being a very pompous and precious person who does not wear his authority lightly? That would be the charitable view.

viv said...

I have been doing some research on losec and terfenadine. Astra zeneca make both although other drug companies also make the anti histamine terfenanine but it has been declared a very risky drug since 1998 having caused deaths by dangerous effects on the heart, and badly interacting with other drugs. It is certainly not available without prescription if at all, and should never be administered to children under 12 years due to insufficient body mass. There is a safer version of this drug now available prescription only and of course far safer ones still that can be bought over the counter. So I wonder by Kate and Gerry chose these two pretty dangerous medications to take with them and an anti histo they could not or should not give to the children. Did he get them from brother John (drug samples tend to get freely handed out). Losec is for stomach ulcers etc and can also badly interact. Of course Gerry would be an expert on drug interactions and effects on the heart whereas I find it rather complex to look at! But it certainly causes me concern and the police asked him about these drugs..

In the statement I also notice who Maddie actually habitually slept with that was a habit by the time they moved when she was just under 3 has been blanked out, presumably it would say me, Kate or us. Interesting this word has been removed!¬

(from DVD)

September 7/2007 11 AM at Portimao

When asked if he wished to reply to the facts which he is being imputed with, he replied:

He is of British nationality, he cannot speak or write Portuguese; therefore an interpreter is present taken from a list provided by the Consulate: ADSR.
Also present Carlos Pinto de Abreu, attorney.

He is present in his capacity as an arguido, and the rights and duties thereof have been explained to him; he is obliged to comply with TIR (Terms of Identity and Residence).

He confirms all of what was stated previously to the Police on two occasions, and has nothing further to add.

After being made aware of the facts attributable to him, he says that he wishes to make a statement.

When asked if he had any responsibility or participation in the disappearance of his daughter Madeleine, he peremptorily denies this.

When asked if on the night of May 1, 2007 he went to have dinner at the Tapas with Kate, he says yes. As customary they would come and check on the children every half hour, usually alternating. They arrived at the Tapas around 20:30, and then went to the apartment every half hour, until they arrived back, at around 23:00, plus or minus 10 minutes. Occasionally one of the others in the group made the check, he does not remember if this happened on the 1st. It is not true that Madeleine had been crying that night for an hour and 15 minutes, because she was not alone all that time.

When questioned, he said that on the day they arrived, April 28, they removed two cribs that were in their room, and placed them in Madeleine’s room. He is unable to confirm, but it could be possible, that there were 3 cribs, and they asked them to remove one.

It is not true that on a certain day they placed one crib in their room, leaving the other in Madeleine’s room.

He did not remember what days were scheduled for cleaning the apartment.

He now states that he also joined the two single beds in his room, which had been separated by a night table. He transformed the two beds into a double bed.
Regarding the windows, he says they were normally closed, he does not know if they were locked *** blinds also closed. Regarding Madeleine’s window he says that he made sure the blinds worked so as to darken the room for the children.

--- On the day of arrival, he does not know if the blinds in Madeleine’s room were open or closed. He did not open them again, and does not know if somebody else did. When confronted with a testimony that states having seen the blinds on this window open after their arrival, he says that it was not him who opened them. When asked about the window behind one of the sofas in the living room, he says that yes, he remembers the window but does not remember if the blinds were also closed.
--- Regarding this sofa, he remembers it was next to the window. He is not sure, but thinks that this sofa was probably a bit closer as his children threw objects behind it, mainly playing cards. When asked, he does not know if any of the children was behind the sofa or passed behind this sofa.
--- When asked, he says that on one night, he cannot say which, Madeleine slept in his room in his bed. He thinks it might have been shortly after their arrival at the apartment. Madeleine came to his room saying that Amelie was crying and she couldn’t sleep. He thinks that he hadn’t heard crying before, and was alerted to this by Madeleine. He does not know if he or his wife comforted Amelie. That night Madeleine slept in his bed.
--- With respect to his wife, he says that on the Wednesday she slept in the children’s room in the bed next to the window. He doesn’t know why, but thinks it could have been because of his snoring. Also on that day, and after dinner, he returned to the apartment sooner than Kate.
-- Regarding the episode where he spoke to David on the 3rd of May, he says that he was playing tennis at 18:30 when David appeared near the tennis court and asked him if he was going to continue playing. G. said he didn’t know because Kate might be needing help to look after the three children, because they intended to bring them to the recreation area after their showers. He thinks that David offered to check if Kate needed help, which he did, and returned minutes later. Regarding his previous statement where he states that David returned half an hour later around 19:00, he says that he returned to the tennis court after half an hour, as this time frame refers to the second time he returned to the tennis court after getting ready for the game.

-- When questioned, he says that Madeleine usually sleeps well at night. During the first months of her life she had some difficulties sleeping due to feeding problems. After moving to their house in Rothley in April 2006, twice a week Madeleine wakened, left her bed and went into their room; this sometimes happened between 23:00 – 24:00 for no apparent reason, maybe because she was used to sleeping with (*** blank ****).

--- When asked about a chart highlighting the characteristics of the children at the house in Rothley, he says that he does in fact have such an object, where several stars show the nights when Madeleine did not get up, as she was rewarded this way.
--- When questioned if it was therefore safe to leave Madeleine in the apartment if she woke and got up at night, he says that this rarely happened, and then only after her parents were in bed.
--- When questioned about whether the couple’s and the childrens’ lives were peaceful, namely regarding the work that three children can give a couple as well as the stress this can cause, he replies that in fact since the birth of the twins their life has been very busy, and that especially during the twins’ first year life was difficult. He states that since the twins were born, he and Kate have gone out at night only once, leaving the children with relatives. He adds that in spite of this he never saw Kate depressed as a result of too much work. He denies that Kate had changed her work habits for reasons related to depressions. He affirms that his wife never gave him to understand that at some time she had the intention of giving Madeleine into the care of a family member.

When questioned, he says that he works at the Emergency Room of the hospital where he works every 15 days, however he is not usually called out at night, and if this happens then it is once for 4 days prevention. Kate’s specialty is general medicine, and works two days a week. After the birth of the twins, Kate did not work for a year, on maternity leave, and currently works part-time as above.
--- When questioned, he states that none of his children takes any kind of medication regularly in England.
--- When they travelled on holiday to Portugal they brought several medicines, namely Calpol, Nurofen, for fevers and pains, both for adults and children, Losec for gastric problems that he occasionally suffers from, and an anti-histamine called Terfenadine for hay fever. He did not give any of these medicines or any others to the children while on holiday in Portugal.
---- When asked at what time he went to check on the children the night Madeleine disappeared, he recalls that this was around 21:04 according to his watch. He remembers that once inside the apartment he was surprised that the door to the children’s room was slightly more open than how they had left it when he and Kate left for dinner. However, it could not have been Madeleine who had opened the door after waking and getting up, eventually to go to her parents’ room. On this occasion, the three children were lying in their beds asleep, he is sure of this. Moreover, he says that with respect to Madeleine she was in the same position where he had left her at the beginning of the night. Madeleine was lying down on her left side, completely uncovered, i.e. lying on top of the covers with the soft toy and blanket, both pink, next to her head; he does not know if they were in the position that can be seen in the photograph attached to the files
--- The second person to go and check on the children should have been Kate, but Matt offered to go as he was going to check on his own daughter. When Matt returned to the restaurant G. asked him if all was well; Matt replied that all was quiet. G. is not absolutely sure, but he is under the impression that he asked Matt if he entered their apartment, to which Matt replied yes.
--- The third check was made by Kate at around 22:00. He does not know how long it was before Kate returned, but he does remember that shortly before she returned he was thinking of going to see what was going on, as it seemed a long time and he thought that one of children might have woken up.
--- He does not remember if he had taken his mobile phone to the restaurant. He is under the impression that he did not take anything with him, except maybe his wallet. He was wearing tennis shoes (trainers), blue jeans and a light brown polar top. He does not remember what Kate was wearing that night. The arguido did not take a camera and does not remember if Kate did. He does not remember if anybody in the group took photographs that night.
--- He remembers that after it was known that Madeleine had disappeared he looked for her all over the apartment. He particularly remembers having looked under all the beds, inside the wardrobes in all the rooms at the same time that Kate told him she had looked everywhere.
--- He remembers that at one time the lady who lived in the apartment above theirs, went onto her veranda and asked what was going on. He does not remember specifically who replied to this lady, but he remembers that somebody spoke to her, assuming it was himself who did so.

When questioned, he states that from the first moment, after the first fruitless searches, he thought that Madeleine had been abducted and it was this information that he gave to everyone to whom he spoke. He reached such a conclusion because he did not think it possible that she had gone out on her own or opened the blinds and window in the room.

--- When questioned, he says that on that night he made several phone calls, including calls to two sisters, a couple of Kate’s uncles, his brother or certainly sent him a message, father P. S. who baptized Madeleine and married G. and K. When questioned he says he did not get in touch with any media and does not know if anyone did. In the morning his family did contact the press. G. spoke of contacting the press, however he never did so.
--- When questioned he says that he did not request a priest, but to Kate to seek spiritual help.
--- Regarding the disclosure of Madeleine’s photograph, he says that he gave the authorities a photograph from a digital camera, and he thinks it was Russell who printed it at the main 24-hour reception of the complex. He made the delivery thereof, or of these pictures on A4 paper to the Police, and he is sure he never delivered any of these photographs to GNR.
--- Around 19:00 the interview was stopped for a rest period, to be recommenced at around 19:40.
--- When questioned if the twins woke while the apartment was being searched, he replies negatively. When they were taken to another apartment he does not know if they woke as he did not take them. When asked, he says that this was not normal, and can find no reason for it happening. He still thought at this moment that the twins might have been drugged by the possible abductor, even if he only mentioned this to the Police several days later. When questioned, he says he never gave his children anything to help them sleep, nor did Kate. When asked why he did not ask the twins what happened to their sister, he says that when the events took place they still did not speak fluently, which is now a normal developmental difficulty. At this point he did not ask them because he thought that they would not have the correct perception of what had happened, in addition to thinking that they would have been sleeping.
--- When asked why instead of scouring the land next to the complex they did not look inside the apartment, he replies that it did not happen that way. While the guests and employees of the resort were searching, he went to the main Reception to check whether they had called the Police, and told Kate to wait inside the apartment. After going to the Reception he went back to the apartment where he stayed in the living room and in their bedroom.
--- When asked if he had life insurance, he says that he does, and so does Kate. The children do not have any life insurance, nor are their parents, Gerry and Kate the beneficiaries of any insurance regarding the children.
--- When asked about the contents of the wardrobe in his room that can be seen in the photographs, he says that on top is a suitcase and below a pile of dirty clothes that he cannot make out. This wardrobe was opened to look for Madeleine.
--- When asked if in fact they went to the apartment every half hour, he says it is true, and that this was never created to justify absences during dinner.
--- When asked what the expression “we let her down” means, he says that it has to do with the fact that they were not present when Madeleine was abducted. It was Kate who first used this expression.

During this interview several films of a forensic nature showing sniffer dogs were shown where their signalling can be seen regarding indication of cadaver odour and traces of blood also human, and only of a human nature, as well as the comments made by the expert in charge of the procedure.
-- After viewing the films and after the signalling of cadaver odor in their room next to the wardrobe and behind the sofa against the window in the living room, he says that he has no comments, neither has he any explanation for this fact.
--- Also, the dog that detects human blood signalled human blood behind the sofa mentioned above, he says that he cannot explain this fact.
-- Regarding the cadaver odour in the car that was rented at the end of May, (xx)-DA-27, he says he cannot explain more than what he already has.
--- Regarding the presence of human blood in the boot of the same vehicle, he says that he has not explanation for this fact.
-- When confronted with the fact that Madeleine’s DNA was collected from behind the sofa and in the boot of the vehicle and analyzed by a British laboratory, situations also described before, he says that he cannot explain.
--- When asked if on any occasion Madeleine was injured, he says that he has no comments.
-- When questioned, he says he is the usual driver of the car. In addition to G. the car could also be driven by his wife Kate, sister in law Sandy and a cousin of Kate’s by the name Michael.
-- When asked if he has anything to add he says that he has not seen any proof that his daughter Madeleine is dead, and therefore he will continue to search for her in the hopes she is alive. He knows nothing more than what has been said.
-- The lawyer for the defense says he wishes the arguido to be asked again if Madeleine bled. To which he said it was common for Madeleine to have nosebleeds. He says that he doesn’t know if in fact his daughter bled while on holiday in Portugal because he does not want to be influenced by the news in the Press, regarding the detection of human blood in the apartment where his daughter disappeared.
-- During this interview the arguido was informed of his duty to respect the secrecy of justice as well as the consequences of not complying with same, stipulated in current law.
--- At around 20:50 the present interview was ended.
--- He says nothing further. After reading the document and finding it to be satisfactory, he confirms and signs it

viv said...

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Losec Hp7® OAC

A combination package containing:
OMEPRAZOLE 20 mg capsules
AMOXYCILLIN 500 mg capsules (as amoxycillin trihydrate)
CLARITHROMYCIN 500 mg tablets

Please read this leaflet carefully before you take your medicine. It provides a summary of the information available on your medicine. If you have any questions or are not sure about anything, please ask your doctor or pharmacist.
What is LOSEC Hp7 OAC used for?

LOSEC Hp7 OAC is a combination pack which contains three different medicines. When taken together in the right doses, at the right time, they will kill a bacterium in your stomach called Helicobacter pylori and let your peptic ulcer heal.
How does LOSEC Hp7 OAC work?

Omeprazole is a type of medicine called a proton pump inhibitor. It reduces the amount of acid produced by the stomach, but does not stop food from being digested in the normal way.

Amoxycillin and Clarithromycin are both antibiotics which kill Helicobacter pylori.

Omeprazole also helps kill the bacterium. When all three medicines are taken together they are more effective than taken one or two at a time.
Before you start to use LOSEC Hp7 OAC

You must tell your doctor if you:

* are allergic to any of its ingredients
* are allergic to penicillins, cephalosporins or macrolide antibiotics
* have severely impaired kidney function
* are taking cisapride, pimozide or terfenadine. Please check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure if you are taking any of these medicines.

Inform your doctor if you are pregnant or if you are breastfeeding.

Inform your doctor if you have had any unusual reaction to other medicines.

LOSEC Hp7 OAC is not addictive.

LOSEC Hp7 OAC has been prescribed for your current condition only. Do not use it for other problems or give it to anyone else. Follow your doctor's directions carefully.
Things that may affect the way LOSEC Hp7 OAC works

Before you start to take LOSEC Hp7 OAC, tell your doctor about all medicines you are taking, including those you have bought from a pharmacy, supermarket or health food shop without a prescription.

The effect of other medicines may be influenced if LOSEC Hp7 OAC is taken at the same time as medicines for:

* fungal or other infections (itraconazole, ketoconazole, rifabutin);
* anxiety (diazepam);
* blood clotting (warfarin);
* epilepsy (carbamazepine, phenytoin);
* immunological disorders (cyclosporin),
* rheumatism or cancer (methotrexate),
* allergic reactions (terfenadine, astemizole),
* asthma (theophylline),
* mental disorder (pimozide),
* heart conditions (digoxin, disopyramide),
* migraine (ergotamine),
* sleep disturbance (midazolam, triazolam),
* contraception (oral contraceptives)
* virus treatment (ritonavir, zidovudine),
* cholesterol treatment (simvastatin, lovastatin),
* gastro-esophogeal reflux (cisapride),
* organ rejection (tacrolimus).


You can use antacids while taking LOSEC Hp7 OAC.
Oral Contraceptives

There is a risk that LOSEC Hp7 OAC may decrease the effect of oral contraceptives. This should be discussed with your doctor or pharmacist.

Treatment with LOSEC Hp7 OAC is not influenced if you take the medication with food.
Special warnings

Can LOSEC Hp7 OAC be used during pregnancy and breast feeding?
No, if you are pregnant or are breast feeding, you should not use LOSEC Hp7 OAC

Can LOSEC Hp7 OAC be used in children?
There is no experience with LOSEC Hp7 OAC in children.

Can LOSEC Hp7 OAC be used in the elderly?
Yes, except for those who have severely impaired renal function, as the dose cannot be adjusted.

Can LOSEC Hp7 OAC be used in patients with impaired kidney and liver function?
No, patients with severely impaired kidney function should not use LOSEC Hp7 OAC. Caution should be exercised when administering to patients with impaired liver function.

Will LOSEC Hp7 OAC affect my ability to drive a vehicle or to operate machinery?
No, this is unlikely.
How to take LOSEC Hp7 OAC

In the LOSEC Hp7 OAC package are three bottles each containing a different medication, sufficient for 7 days therapy. It is important that you take the medication as follows:

Morning and evening:
1x Omeprazole 20 mg capsule
2x Amoxycillin 500 mg capsules
1x Clarithromycin 500 mg tablet

Follow the instructions on the back of the Losec Hp 7 OAC carton to help remind you to take your medication.

Always take the medicine with at least half a glass of water or fluid. Swallow the medicines whole and do not chew or crush.

Continue to take the medicines each morning and evening for 7 days until you have finished them. Do not stop, even if you feel better.

If you do not complete the full course of medicines prescribed by your doctor, the Helicobacter pylori may not clear completely or your symptoms may return and your ulcer may be harder to treat next time.

If your symptoms do not go away after you have finished the medicines, or if they go away but then return, tell your doctor as you may need further treatment.
If you forget to take a dose

If you miss a dose of one of the medicines in LOSEC Hp7 OAC, take it as soon as you remember, then go back to your regular schedule. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, (less than 4 hours) do not take the missed medication or a double dose to make up for the missed dose. Just take your next dose on time.
Side effects

The most common potential side effects when taking LOSEC Hp7 OAC are

* diarrhoea
* constipation
* stomach pain or discomfort
* nausea and vomiting
* wind
* headache
* unusual taste in your mouth
* skin rash

If you suffer from any of these reactions and they persist, please tell your doctor.

You should inform a doctor immediately if you notice the following:

* Severe diarrhoea, even several weeks after finishing LOSEC Hp7 OAC
* Increase in breast size (males)
* fever
* yellowing of the skin or eyes
* skin rash
* swollen face, lips or neck
* increased bruising.

Other side effects may also occur whilst taking this medication. If you have any bothersome or unusual reaction while taking LOSEC Hp7 OAC, let your doctor or pharmacist know right away.

Remember, this medicine is only for you. Do not give LOSEC Hp7 OAC to anyone else even if their symptoms are similar to yours.

No or very few, symptoms have been observed in patients who have taken very high doses of the components of LOSEC Hp7 OAC.

However, we advise you to telephone your doctor or the National Poisons Information Centre Ph: 0800 POISON (0800 764 766) or go to Accident and Emergency at your nearest hospital immediately if you think that you or anyone else may have taken too much LOSEC Hp7 OAC, even if there are no signs of discomfort or poisoning.

Keep in a cool place where the temperature stays below 25°C.

Protect from light and moisture.

Keep the three medicines contained in the LOSEC Hp7 OAC pack in their original bottles.

If you take any of the medicines out of their bottles, they will not keep well.

Do not take any of the medicines in LOSEC Hp7 OAC after the expiry date shown on the package.

Do not use LOSEC Hp7 OAC if the packaging is torn or shows signs of tampering.

Keep LOSEC Hp7 OAC in a safe place where children cannot reach it.

Return any unused medication to your pharmacist if your doctor tells you to stop taking it or if you find that the expiry date has passed.
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The LOSEC Hp7 OAC pack contains three different medicines each packed in a separate bottle:

Omeprazole 20 mg capsules are pink and reddish-brown and are marked "20" and "A/OM". Each capsule contains 20 mg omeprazole as well as disodium hydrogen phosphate dihydrate, hydroxypropyl cellulose, hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, lactose anhydrous, magnesium stearate, mannitol, methacrylic acid co-polymer, microcrystalline cellulose, polyethylene glycol, sodium lauryl sulphate, iron oxide (E172), titanium dioxide (E171) and gelatine.

Amoxycillin 500 mg capsules are red and gold and printed with "APO 500". Each capsule contains 500 mg amoxycillin as amoxycillin trihydrate as well as silicon dioxide, stearic acid, croscarmellose sodium and gelatine.

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Losec Hp7 OAC is gluten-free
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viv said...

Some interesting addresses here in this study (including Cheshire!) which seems to be about cloned humans, adverse effects on the heart and certain drugs including the one in Gerry's kit bag terfenadine which is contra indicated with losec also in his kit bag (see above)

Comparative Pharmacology of Guinea Pig Cardiac Myocyte and Cloned hERG (IKr) Channel
From ‡Lead Generation & Discovery BioScience, AstraZeneca, R&D Charnwood, Loughborough, Leicestershire, United Kingdom ; *Department of Safety Pharmacology, Safety Assessment UK, AstraZeneca, Alderley Park, Cheshire, United Kingdom ; and †Department of Cell Physiology & Pharmacology, University of Leicester, Leicester, United Kingdom
Correspondence to Bob Thong, Ph.D., Lead Generation, AstraZeneca, R&D Charnwood, Loughborough, Leicestershire, LE11 5RH, United Kingdom. Fax: 44(0)1509-645519; E-mail: bob.thong@astrazeneca.com

Funding was provided by AstraZeneca.

Manuscript received 2 March 2004; Revised manuscript received 14 May 2004; Accepted for publication 17 June 2004.
Copyright 2004 by Blackwell Futura Publishing, Inc.
hERG • cardiac myocyte • action potential duration • QT drugs • patch clamp

Guinea Pig Myocyte and Cloned Human IKr Channel.

(J Cardiovasc Electrophysiol, Vol. 15, pp. 1302-1309, November 2004)

Introduction: This study used whole-cell, patch clamp techniques on isolated guinea pig ventricular myocytes and HEK293 cells expressing cloned human ether-a-go-go-related gene (hERG) to examine the action of drugs causing QT interval prolongation and torsades de pointes (TdP) in man. Similarities and important differences in drug actions on cardiac myocytes and cloned hERG IKr channels were established. Qualitative actions of the drugs on cardiac myocytes corresponded with results obtained from Purkinje fibers and measurement of QT interval prolongation in animal and human telemetry studies.

Methods and Results: Adult guinea pig ventricular myocytes were isolated by enzymatic digestion. Cells were continuously perfused with Tyrode's solution at 33–35°C. Recordings were made using the whole-cell, patch clamp technique. Action potentials (APs) were elicited under current clamp. Voltage clamp was used to study the effect of drugs on IKr (rapidly activating delayed rectifier potassium current), INa (sodium current), and ICa (L-type calcium current). Dofetilide increased the myocyte action potential duration (APD) in a concentration-dependent manner, with a pIC50 of 7.3. Dofetilide 1 μM elicited early afterdepolarizations (EADs) but had little affect on ICa or INa. E-4031 increased APD in a concentration-dependent manner, with a pIC50 of 7.2. In contrast, 10 μM loratadine, desloratadine, and cetirizine had little effect on APD or IKr. Interestingly, cisapride displayed a biphasic effect on myocyte APD and inhibited ICa at 1 μM. Even at this high concentration, cisapride did not elicit EADs. A number of AstraZeneca compounds were tested on cardiac myocytes, revealing a mixture of drug actions that were not observed in hERG currents in HEK293 cells. One compound, particularly AR-C0X, was a potent blocker of myocyte AP (pIC50 of 8.4). AR-C0X also elicited EADs in cardiac myocytes. The potencies of the same set of drugs on the cloned hERG channel also were assessed. The pIC50 values for dofetilide, E-4031, terfenadine, loratadine, desloratadine, and cetirizine were 6.8, 7.1, 7.3, 5.1, 5.2, and <4, respectively. Elevation of temperature from 22 to 35°C significantly enhanced the current kinetics and amplitudes of hERG currents and resulted in approximately fivefold increase in E-4031 potency.

Conclusion: Our study demonstrates the advantages of cardiac myocytes over heterologously expressed hERG channels in predicting QT interval prolongation and TdP in man. The potencies of some drugs in cardiac myocytes were similar to hERG, but only myocytes were able to detect important changes in APD characteristics and display EADs predictive of arrhythmia development. We observed similar qualitative drug profiles in cardiac myocytes, dog Purkinje fibers, and animal and human telemetry studies. Therefore, isolated native cardiac myocytes are a better predictor of drug-induced QT prolongation and TdP than heterologously expressed hERG channels. Isolated cardiac myocytes, when used with high-throughput patch clamp instruments, may have an important role in screening potential cardiotoxic compounds in the early phase of drug discovery. This would significantly reduce the attrition rate of drugs entering preclinical and/or clinical development. The current kinetics and amplitudes of the cloned hERG channel were profoundly affected by temperature, significantly altering the potency of one drug (E-4031). This finding cautions against routine drug testing at room temperature compared to physiologic temperature when using the cloned hERG channel.
Received: 02 March 2004; First Revision: 14 May 2004; Accepted: 17 June 2004;

viv said...

see meaning of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Torsades_de_pointes a possible side effect of terfenadine

literally french: twisting of the points, adverse effect on heart by affecting rhythm

nancy said...

Hi Viv -

A lot of medication for one week's holiday that's for sure.

I read they kept the stuff in the wardrobe. If Maddie found that lot then she could well have eaten or drank some of it.

I remember as a child taking stuff from the cupboard thinking it was sweets and being very ill afterwards.

These are doctors and they should have been much more aware of what could happen if the children decided to explore which they all love doing.

Just why did Gerry go back to the tapas bar when he saw the door to the apartment was in a different position to how they left it, and he thought someone may have been in the bathroom, especially as Kate must have said she had a feeling someone was watching them?

He and Kate made enough calls on their mobiles that night when they should have been out looking for their daughter. I would have run the length and breadth of PdeL if that was my daughter and not given a thought to making phone calls.

What a cool, cool, pair of child neglecters!!


viv said...

Hiya Nancy

I suppose it just deepens the mystery and their obvious culpability that they would insist they left these tots night after night with dangerous medicines that could quite easily kill apart from the above two nurofen also. Some forms of ibuprofen are just like big pink smarties.

As you say children can and unfortunately do experiment with drugs they find. The Police were obviously establishing that he deliberately chose to leave a child with dangerous medications he knew had a habit of waking up and in fact knew she had done so although trying to deny it in his statement.

They just knew she had been "taken" and could not even be bothered to look for her. There was "no way" she could possibly have left that apt, and yet we have seen a picture on 3 As of a child much smaller than Maddie easily reaching that patio door. What cannot be denied is he has created so much confusion people do not know what to believe other than they are responsible for what happened, whatever that was!

Gerry does not try to explain what he is doing with a prescription only and dangerous anti-histamine that cannot be given to children under 12. Who was the prescription for, why is it in his possession? I am sure British Police will want some more detailed answers to that.

Being a doctor does not entitle you to use prescription only drugs..


Di said...

Hi All

I note in Gerry's arguido statement he states-

It is not true that Madeleine had been crying that night for an hour and 15 mins because she was not alone at that time.

Mrs Fenn thought someone was returning, when Maddie stopped crying, as she heard the patio door slide, but it could easily have been someone leaving.

Kates mobile signal was placed at the apt during that time.

Yes Gerry, perhaps Maddie was not alone.

viv said...

Hiya di

Gerry states in his original statement to the police that both he and Kate accessed the apt via the main door with their key. He subsequently stated that both accessed via the rear patio door.

The fact that Kate's mobile signal was at the apt at that time does not necessarily mean she was there, although it is clearly a possibility.

It does sound as though someone left the apt which caused Maddie to stop crying rather than entered. The lies about these doors and who was using them hide a lot of guilty secrets IMO. Gerry was grilled twice, Kate only once. They clearly thought he was the main problem at the time and I do not think they were wrong.

Going back to the drugs, we can see the police were intent to check every posssibility. There is a statement from the GP that does not mention any of them being on prescribed losec or terfenadine, and neither drug are prescribed for children anyway. So it seems to be that Gerry/Kate had unprescribed drugs unlawfully in their possession. I will get the statement from the GP just to check again what he says. I wonder what the GMC would make of a couple of doctors taking dangerous anhd unprescribed medication on holiday with them and also leaving it accessible to infants?

When you look closely at the McCanns behaviour, there is nothing that you can say that seems quite right, is there!


viv said...

Here we go, for the previous 14 months their GP never even met Gerry, so where did he get his losec prescription from for these gastric problems he sometimes suffered from? Does Kate have a serious allery problem that would mean she gets prescribed terfenadine? The only sign I have ever seen of any such allergic reaction is what looks like a rash on maddie's wrist, the tennis balls pic, but giving her this medication would be unlawful and downright dangerous. Given this GP never really seemed to meet them, certainly Gerry and the twins, not at all, it is hard to know where his opinion is coming from!


Testimony from Ian Richard Schofield 14 May 2008

Testimony of: Ian Richard SCHOFIELD

Occupation: Physician (General Practice)
This deposition (comprising 1 page and signed by me) is true and according to my understanding. I am aware that, if proven to the contrary, I will be subject to prosecution if I have voluntarily testified to something with
knowledge of it being false or not corresponding to the truth.
Date: May 14, 2008
Signature ______________________________________

I am a GP and senior partner in Alpine Practice in Rothley Road, Mountsorrel and in summary my qualifications are respectively at MBChB, DRCOG, MRCGP.
I am currently, and have been for 14 months, the GP of the McCann family. Before Madeleine's disappearance, I had only consulted Kate McCann once and never had assisted Gerry, nor ever had reason to deal with the twins Sean and Amelie and only saw them once after the disappearance of Madeleine.
As Kate and Gerry are general practitioners I never had any doubt about their capacity or mental abilities as individuals or as parents to their three children.
I never prescribed Kate or Gerry any medication that could alter their behaviour or demeanour.
I never had any doubt about the psychological welfare of the children.
The only thing I can affirm is that Kate and Gerry are a very genuine couple, affectionate and careful [caring] parents. They always kept me, social services and other authorities informed on the progress of the investigation that followed the disappearance of Madeleine.
After the disappearance of Madeleine, I met Kate and Gerry at their home and never had any cause for concern about the twins.
This testimony was prepared from a series of questions raised by DC Ferguson and DC Holliday of the Leicestershire police, following the request by the Portuguese PJ.
This testimony was made by me and it is true according to my understanding.

viv said...

Previous GP says he last saw Kate in 2006 but but only mentions seeing Gerry in 2000, so again, I wonder where he losec meds came from??

I suspect this couple were self prescribers and some of the drugs they may have been using you could not obtain from a GP anyway!
The type of drugs that gave Kate such a distorted sense of reality as she sat in the Spanish /portuguese sunshine in August 2007 being filmed by Jon Corner for a "documentary" that was subsequently aired on Panorama telling us about Maddie just got whoosh clunked with that dismissive flick of the hand we all clearly remember!!

Testimony from Ph.HU 15 MAY 2008

Testimony from Ph.HU
Age if less than 18 years:
This deposition (comprising _ pages and signed by me) is true and according to my understanding. I am aware that, if proven to the contrary, I will be subject to prosecution if I have voluntarily testified to something with
knowledge of it being false or not corresponding to the truth.
Date: May 15, 2008
Signature __________________________________

I am the abovementioned person living at the address previously supplied to police.
I am a GP at the Center for Health at Syston and my qualifications are as follows: MB, CHB, MRCGP.
I have practised my profession at this location for 22 years.
I was visited by police officers from Leicestershire who are conducting an investigation by order of the Portuguese authorities regarding the disappearance of Madeleine McCann in May 2007.
When the McCann family lived in Queniborough, Leicestershire they were included in my consultancy; Kate, Gerry, Madeleine, Sean and Amelie were all my clients.
Kate's first consultation was on 20 October 2000, and Gerry on 19 December 2000, Madeleine was included since birth.
There was a period in which the family did not use our services, which coincided with the change of residence to the Netherlands where he spent a season, but upon their return resumed their affiliation with us.
When the twins Sean and Amelie were born, both were registered in my clinic.
It could be said that I know Kate well, the couple faced some problems of conception and I recall that Kate was particularly desperate for a family. After treatment for infertility and when pregnant with Madeleine she could not be more happy because she wanted that child so much.

I met Kate and Gerry once at a social event at the home of Professor Gershlick who is a colleague of Gerry. I remember sitting close to Kate during the dinner. We spoke about the difficulties of medicine in general and of the problems within the National Health Service. I got on well with both of them.
I never had any doubts about the state of mental health of Kate and Gerry and I never prescribed them sedatives or any medication that could alter the psychological state of Kate or Gerry.
Also, I never had doubts regarding the physical or psychological well-being of the children. Madeleine was seen by the duty doctor when born and by our nurses during the routine vaccinations. If there had been cause for concern in any of the children, it would have been brought to my attention, and this did not happen.
The last time I saw Kate as a patient was on March 10, 2006.
Knowing how much the couple wanted a family, I do not believe that they would have had any kind of involvement in the disappearance of Madeleine.
This testimony was made by me and it is true according to my understanding.

viv said...

Gerry McCann's first police grilling on 4.5.07, second one where he starts to change his mind a bit on 10.5.07, next post..

As Pamalam points out, only one third of the PJ file is open to the press, but the McCanns presumably have all of it. Humm, I bet they know just much of the sh1t they are really in. If these is what we are allowed to see, how much worse does it get? We have not been allowed to see anything, post October 2007 when Rebelo took over and the investigation clearly got put under strict wraps!

Gerry McCann's statement. 4/05/07 @ 11.15am


Continuing with the case file.

In our previous article, we opened up the contents of the case file for you, up to page 5. Of course, given that there are 30,000 pages to the case file, of which only 11,000 are open to the press, it would take years to publish the whole thing on this site. That's true, but of course, we are not going to publish everything. The various parts of the case file comprising routine checks, copies of passports, copies of documents of all kinds, copies of faxes sent to this or that service, requests to visit homes, copies of airline tickets, various references and advice on reporting, requests for collaboration from other Interpol countries: in brief, you will be spared all the red tape, which is included in a case file.

Indeed, they are of little interest to our readers. These documents are only of interest to the police and the magistrate to confirm that the procedure has been followed. Thus, the interview which we publish today is to be found on page 34 of the case file. Between pages 5 and 34, in addition to certain documents, there is a photographic report and a plan of apartment 5A at the Ocean Club. The photos have been widely on the Web, notably by the British press. However, certain snaps are unknown to the public. Amongst these snaps, is one that shows that the height from the floor of apartment 5A to the window, is 90cm. Another shows that the distance between the edge of the bed and this same window is 40cm. Other photos are there only to support descriptions of the places. And finally, we come to Gerry McCann's interview.

The interview took place on the day after Madeleine's disappearance, 04/05/07, at 11.15am. The interview starts with an explanation of the fact that Gerry is British and that as a consequence he does not understand Portuguese, written or spoken, for which reason, a, "sworn," interpreter, first name Natalia, was asked for help. Her role is to conscientiously translate, from the person's language into the official language of the country; the words, feelings, images, formal and informal phrases used, in order to avoid any misinterpretation.

Gerry McCann had already been to Portugal in 1994. He stayed in an apartment on the outskirts of Albufeira. The desire to get to know Portugal was due to the fact that the country is known for its excellent facilities for golf. The present journey was made at the suggestion of a friend, DAVID PAYNE, who made a reservation at the Ocean Club, following an internet search, for the interviewee, his wife and the rest of the group. In total, a group of nine adults and eight children, including the missing minor, Madeleine.The group was made up of people the interviewee has known for 5 or 6 years.

They traveled in two separate groups, one composed of the interviewee, his wife KATE and their three children, DAVID PAYNE and his wife, their two sons and his mother-in-law. This group travelled from the airport local to Leicestershire and the other group, comprised of four adults and three children, from London. The meeting point was the Ocean Club in Portugal. The interviewee's group arrived there at 2.30pm on April 28th from Faro airport on an airport mini bus. The other group arrived the same day at 1pm. After checking in, the interviewee and his wife, KATE HEALY, their daughter, MADELEINE, and their two year-old twins SEAN and AMELIE, were placed in apartment G5A. The apartment consisted of two beds in the first bedroom, and two others in another room, in which were two cots on loan from the company, in addition to the bathroom and toilet and the kitchen corner. KATE and GERALD slept in one of the rooms and in the other, their three children slept, the twins in cots and MADELEINE in a normal bed. The other bed remained empty. Between April 29th, the day of arrival, and the time when MADELEINE disappeared, the interviewee reports having noticed nothing unusual, except that on the morning of May 3rd, MADELEINE asked her father, GERALD, why he had not come into the room when the twins were crying. The interviewee had heard nothing and had not gone into the room. It was the first time that MADELEINE had made that kind of comment.

As for routine events, this is how it went:

On the Sunday, they had breakfast, between 7.30 and 8.30am at the Ocean Club in the bar a few metres from the apartment. In the days following, because of the distance to the said bar, they started buying food at the supermarket, situated on the same road as the apartment. After breakfast, the children were left at one of the Club's Cr?hes, called the, "Kid's Club," where they participated in various activities such as painting, collage etc.

This was until 12.30pm, supervised by several employees in a ratio of one supervisor to three children. At 12.30pm, the parents went to collect the children and had lunch in the apartment since they had bought provisions. Lunch over, at around 1.30pm, the children spent time near the club's swimming pool, supervised by their parents, for around 45 minutes, where they played and had sun cream applied. After that time, the children returned to the, "Kid's Club," until around 5pm, when they had dinner at the bar, under the parents' supervision. After the 5pm meal, the parents gave them a bath and before getting them ready for the night, allowed them to play for a little while in the area next to the tennis courts, still under the parents' supervision. Towards 7.30/8pm the children were in bed until morning, when the routine described, started all over again.


While the children were at the, "Kid's Club," GERRY played tennis with KATE, went for walks or went, "jogging." Yesterday (Editor's note: Day of the disappearance), after the daily routines, MADELEINE and the twins were put to bed in their respective beds at 7.30pm. The parents remained in the apartment to relax and drink a glass of wine until 8.30pm. After checking that the children were asleep, the parents, accompanied by other adults, went to the, "Tapas," restaurant, around 50 metres away, where they had dinner together. As usual, every half hour and considering that the restaurant was close to the apartment, the interviewee or his wife went to check if the children were OK.


Thus, at 9.05pm, the interviewee entered the room (apartment?) using his key, the door being locked, and went to the children's room and noted that the twins and Madeleine were OK. He then took several minutes going to the toilet. He left the apartment and bumped into someone with whom he had played tennis and had a brief conversation. He then returned to the Tapas.


At 9.30pm, a friend, MATT, (a member of the group) went to his apartment where his own children were, and he went through the interviewee's apartment, going in through a patio door (it says glazed or glass door, but I'm making it patio door!) at the side of the building, which was always open. He went into the room (apartment?) He saw the twins and he checked if Madeleine was OK. Everything was normal, the shutters closed and the bedroom door half-open as usual. Then MATT went back to the restaurant.


At 10pm, Kate went to check on the children. She went into the apartment, using her key and saw that the bedroom door was completely open, the window was also open, the shutters raised and the curtains open. The doors were locked except the one at the back as already noted above. Faced with this situation, KATE checked that the twins were in their respective beds, unlike MADELEINE, who had disappeared. After thoroughly searching the apartment, his wife, scared and shocked, went to the restaurant to inform the interviewee of the disappearance. Immediately, the group took themselves around the club and searched across all the facilities, swimming pool, tennis etc., as well as in the apartment, with the help of Ocean Club employees, who, at the same time, contacted the authorities.


It is noted that when one of the members of the group, JANE, went to her apartment to see her children, at around 9.10/9.15, at a distance of about 50 metres, in the road leading to the club, she saw a person carrying a child in pyjamas. JANE will be more able to clarify this situation.


Concerning Madeleine, she is described as being Caucasian, white, aged 4 (12/05/07) and around 90cm tall. Slender, with shoulder length, straight, dark blond hair. Left eye and right greeny-blue and the right having a spot of brown. She also has a distinctive brown mark on her left leg. She has no scars. At the time of her disappearance, she was wearing pyjamas with white floral-patterned trousers and a short-sleeved top, which was mainly pink in colour, with a blue and charcoal design with the inscription, "EEYORE."

Concerning the child's personality, she is extrovert, hyper-active, good talker, smart and relates to other children with great ease. She would never go with a stranger. The interviewee has no suspicions to talk about and finds no reason for this act. Neither he nor his wife has any enemies. His daughter does not suffer from any illness and is not on any medication. The interviewee authorises a reading of his mobile phone. Apart from the Kid's Club, and the apartment, they only went once to the beach with Madeleine and the twins and for a very short time, since the weather was changeable. In Praia, they only ate an ice cream and went back to the apartment. Apart from what has already been said, Madeleine and the other children at the Kid's Club went to the beach, five minutes walk from the club, for an hour. This outing was organised by the company itself. The supervision and organisation was the responsibility of the club: the interviewee and his wife were not present.
Enfants Kidnapp?

viv said...

That confirms in full the statements made in that the Police Department in the past
04/05/2007 day and is ready to provide any additional clarifications. -------
"Asked -----, explains that, in addition to personal photographs that have already surrendered to the authorities
police after the disappearance of her daughter MADELEINE, does not have any more in your
power. He adds that his wife KATE who usually take pictures, and that in this
Vacation time is not remembered for having taken photographs during the night. -----------------
------ For him to have been asked, states that in the year 2003 (January), went to Lanzarote,
in Spain, in the company of Fiona and David Payne, where he spent a week of vacation,
and that at that time not yet have children. At that time, despite not having children, the
KATE she was pregnant, 6 months of MADELEINE, and the pregnancy was through
in vitro fertilization. Also in the year 2003 (September), went to Italy, the region of Umbria,
in the company of his wife Kate, of couples and RACHEL MATHEW, RUSSELL and JANE, where
spent a week's vacation to attend the wedding of Fiona and David Payne. The
deponent states that the trip to Lanzarote was organized by himself, since there was
state a year before, along with KATE and had liked a lot, and the trip to
Italy, was organized by FIONA and David Payne, who once was her marriage. ---------
----- For the events in Portugal, as already stated in its previous
statements, arrived at Faro Airport in the past day 28/04/2007, by 12.30 pm and it was
moved immediately to the "Ocean Club" in a rnini-transferred by bus Airport, where
14H20/14H30 come by.
----- What has travelled to the receipt of the "Ocean Club", which provided their documents, the
KATE's and their three children, making the Check-in. He was then handed the key to
apartment "A5", and the choice of that apartment was the full responsibility of the
Management "OCEAN CLUB" and carried out at random, ballot box because, you know the second was not
given this opportunity to bidi PAYNE, which was addressed more directly that the reservations. ----
- Adds that the only charge of the group was staying in apartments that were close
each other since, contrary to what they had been communicated through
brochure of the trip, the tourist complex did not have "baby listening," it is a
service consisting of a group of employees that are designed to "monitor" the children who
are you sleeping inside the apartment, in the periods in which the parents to be absent. ] Go
know how such surveillance is conducted in practice, since it never usufniiu this service, but
knows what other ventures the "MARK WARNER," have such strength, with
some of the elements which constitute the group, would have had access to this service in times of
leave earlier, not knowing whom need. It mentioned that for this reason, the David Payne
decided to use the personal intercoms to monitor their children, while never the
had done during the previous penodos now on vacation together. .
----- That, in the first days since they arrived during the lunch break, ate only
sandwiches, either on the plane, either on the bus during the journey between the airport and "OCEAN
CLUB. "After making the check in the main reception, where they were left by rnini-bus, the
which lasted until 15:00, went into the apartment where they withdrew their articles / objects
Personal interior bags, which will be occupied until the afternoon to 16:45. It should be noted that, after
Ckek in the making, the journey with the bags to the apartment was completed within rnini-bus
released by the venture.
----- Then, by 17H00, has contacted the entire group, children included, for restaurant
"TAPAS", located at the rear of the apartment, near the pool in order to attend a committee
Welcome, organized by "MARK WARNER", and where teachers were present to
Tennis, Sailing, among other officials of that venture, which ended by 18:30,
They were served glasses of sangria. ----- What this is the first pedestrian route that made all together in and around the
venture. They left the front door, locked it the key, bypassed the wall and there exists
turned to the right, down a side street to venture to the secondary reception, which came
without difficulty, even if they had a card of movement, which was not asked them and they
had been delivered during the Check in.
----- After crossing secondary reception went to the restaurant "TAPAS", with a
the swimming pools, while the adults were seated in a covered area, but outside, while children
were among the small pool, to play in some structures that are placed there. What,
penodo during this time, all adults were surveyed to go to watch the children from
where they were. Both the witness and his wife, alternated in watches. ------
----- After receipt of the committee, addressed to walk to the restaurant "MILLENNIUM", the
nine adults and eight children. They made the reverse journey to the secondary reception, then turned the
and left at the end of the street to the right, then the next left, again right up the street
Main, which allows access to the restaurant. Being a long journey at some stage the
deponent and his wife took KATE to take the twins to the pass, unlike the MADELEINE,
that was always on foot.
----- They arrived at their destination between 18.50 and 19.00, They were mounted in a table
Large, which were all to dinner, including children, who sat between
adults, never giving up that spot, except one of the twins, who went to the bathroom
with the deponent. About an hour later, the dinner ended, also returned by foot
same route, however having been mistaken in the streets, where they should turn left,
ultimately only turn in the following. It adds that, being very tired, they have
directly to the apartment, where he arrived by 20H10120H15 taking this journey was
slightly faster than the previous one, since it always brought the twins to the pass. --------
----- Already inside the apartment, the children were bathing and a glass of milk, taking them lying
precisely to 20,845, reminding themselves of this time, since it was exactly an hour more
afternoon that it usually is. After the children get, the deponent and his wife took bath,
heading out of the room next to the residence to watch TV. Notes that, when
that reached the residence, the David Payne invited them to go drink a glass of wine,
after the kids get, and they refused, ballot box since they were very
tired. Do you think anyone in the group have left the apartment on the first night. Asked,
said that, not being on vacation in England, the deponent and his wife, go to bed at
22H30123H00, the twins at 19.00 and MADELEINE to 19H.30. ----- The following day (Sunday), the children agreed to 08.00, while the witness and his
wife agreed by 07.30. Dress, and some of O8H40, left the apartment in
the direction of the restaurant "MILLENNIUM", again on foot and by the same route, the night
earlier, but without the oversight that previously mentioned, and arrived by 08H45/09H00. The group
not come all at the same time, and arrived in a staggered way so it does not sat
all at the same table. ----- Believed that the MATHEW and his wife Rachel, have not taken your breakfast in
because of bad to have spent the first night with vomiting and diarrhea. At the breakfast, the
Children sat at the table were also among adults, and this finished by 09:25. --------
----- The witness, his wife Kate and their three children, turned into the "Ocean Club" by
same route, which arrived by 09,840, taking the witness in their apartment by
main door, which was closed h key, removing a bag with clothes and creams for
children, heading out into the venture. The twins were in the "nursery" with
the "tapas", aimed at children from one to two years of age, then the witness and
KATE, MADELEINE led to another "day care", suitable for children of legal age, the
which is located in 1. The floor of the main reception of the venture, which arrived by 09:50.
Apart from MADELEINE, the group, only the ELLA, daughter of Jane and RUSSEL,
also attended this "nursery". The other children, because they are very young, were in
"nursery" next to "TAPAS."
----- Again made the journey foot, leaving the secondary reception, turned to the right, down to
street, past the supermarket "BATISTA", turning left, passing through reception
major. After putting the children in "nurseries", drove to the supermarket < 'BATISTA,
where purchased for lunch and breakfast following. ----- For 12H30, the deponent and Kate, were the first to get Madeleine and then the
twins, heading out to the apartment. On this day, Sunday, lunch at the balcony
David Payne's apartment, along with the entire group, including children, except the MATHEW, who was ill and at that time, was sleeping on the porch of his
apartment, which is located underneath the left and, in relation to the place where lunch. ----- They made their way to the area of recreation for children, by the pool, where they were the
structures, when they were 14.15 and remained in place until around 14H20. After that
hours, left the twins in "nursery" of "tapas" and either the witness, or to KATE do not know
need, led the MADELEINE for the "nursery" located above the main reception,
following the path already described. It provides that, the time of entry and exit of the children was
recorded in each of the "nursery" and the contact number and location of
their parents.
----- For the 17H00, the caretakers of the "Ocean Club", and led to MADELEINE
other children who were in "nursery" located in 1. "floor of the main reception, for
with the "tapas", underneath some awnings, where dinner, under the supervision of officials and the
sometimes the parents themselves. The dinner ended by 17H30, when it ended the surveillance of
employees, and is now the deponent and his wife watched in the area of recreational
"TAPAS" until 18:30. They then returned to the apartment, the witness opened the door
with the main key, and soon after, the back door, through which they entered the KATE and their
When hygiene, the children were throwing up when they were around 19,830, and the
deponent and KATE, left for dinner at the "tapas", by 20:30. Between 19.30 and 20.30,
took bath and drank wine, Portuguese and New Zealand, and a beer. ------ What came out of the house by the main door, which is sure to shut the key, and the
the back door was also closed and locked. It was the first to reach the
"TAPAS", which appeared throughout the group, excepting only the MATHEW, she was
ill. However his wife Rachel, attended the dinner. Except for the situation ago
described, which occurred during the lunch break, did not see the MATHEW throughout the day to
Dofigo. ----- The dinner ended by 23:00, and that during this period, every half hour, the
KATE and were witness to the apartment in an alternate fashion, in order to confirm that everything was
well with the children. On that day, only the deponent and his wife Kate and entering the
apartment. Are you sure you always entered through the front door, not knowing if the state
leaving the lock with a key. Normally, entered the apartment, which was to
one of the room lights on, go to the door of the child's bedroom, which was
ajar and limited to only peek into the interior, trying to hear whether the children were cry. The blinds were closed, with only two or three cracks open the window closed,
although I do not know if need was locked and the curtains slide. Ten minutes after the
dinner, turned into the apartment, throwing up immediately.
----- In the following days, always took the breakfast at home, making purchases of
Eve, and generally maintained the daily routine previously described. When children
were in "nurseries" had tennis lessons, the KATE 09H15 and the deponent an hour later, the
Monday to Thursday
----- According recollection, in Terqa Wednesday, 01/05/2007 day, for an indication of RUSSEL, went for the
MADELEINE the "day care" through a shortcut, which begins at the parking lot
Situated in front and secondary h reception that follows between the homes there, by
where he spent the lead and to bring his daughter.
---- In terms of routine, on Tuesday there was a slight change since, after lunch,
by 13:30, the deponent and KATE decided to take the three children to Praia da Luz, having gone on foot,
taking only the twins in baby carriages. They left all the main door because of
carts, to circumvent the right, down the street from the supermarket "BATISTA", and were to
beach by an artery that directly accesses.
------ On the beach has remained around 20 minutes, including taking the witness and his daughter
MADELEINE put their feet in the water. After this time and because the conditions
weather has changed, with cloudy skies and cold, went to a terrace of a cafe
along the beach, the left, where he bought five and two ice cream drinks. Asked said that
No place was an individual to play the guitar, Latin music, who wanted to
to a currency, but did not have the time, did not. That this person had a
looks sloppy and careless with the stubble and somewhat tattered. He was Caucasian, 175 cm
tall, skinny, 70 to 75 kg in weight, and short dark hair, almost rapado and the gray side
and that did not use glasses. Kispo of wearing a brown, clear, with a hood on the back
of denim trousers and dark, not in repairing shoes. He said he never had a
strange behavior, not addressed or looked at the children so ostensible. In return,
left the children in "nurseries", as usual, taking the witness and his wife gone
play tennis or jog.
----- On the day MADELEINE disappeared, Thursday, 03/05/2007 day, all agreed to
same time, between 07.30 and 08.00. When you were taking the breakfast, the
MADELEINE addressed the mother and asked him "why do not you come at night, when I and
SEAN going to cry? "(SCI). What think this comment is surprising, since the
MADELEINE never had this kind of conversation, and the night before, had maintained the same
monitoring system on children and has not detected anything abnormal to. When questioned
on this comment, she was dismissed without any explanation. ----- On the night of Wednesday, 02/05/2007, in addition to the deponent and his wife, thinks the
David Payne will also be moved to an apartment in order to confirm that their
children were well, it has not reported any abnormal situation with the children. On this day,
the deponent and KATE already left the back door closed but not locked, so
allow the entry of his colleagues from group to monitor the children. Clarifies that
the main entrance door was always closed, but not necessarily locked with the key.
Known if the window that along the main door and providing access to the child's bedroom,
was locked, as it assumed that the blinds could not be opened from the outside.
Also this evening, the KATE slept in the room of children in the bed next to the window, because the
deponent was snoring.
----- Do not know indicate precisely, but think it was on Monday or Tuesday, the MADELEINE,
it has a few moments to sleep in your room, with KATE, since it told him that a
0s or two twins were in tears, causing much RNID.
----- Turning to Thursday, after breakfast, around 09:00 AM, the KATE and children
exited through the back door, taking the witness left the front door, locked it with the
key, and also closed and locked, inside, the back door. ..........................
----- They made their way by foot and walk up the "nursery" at the "tapas", which left
the twins, and, while KATE was playing tennis, the deponent was MADELEINE lead to its i
"nursery", through the shortcut, most recently by 09H15, and, as was required, signed the book of
Registration for delivery of their daughter. In return, unless the shortcut, went to the supermarket "BATISTA",
bought milk, presumably, heading out to his apartment, entering through the front door, which
was locked up when they were 09H40/09H45.
Remained at home about 15 minutes, wearing clothes to go play tennis, went out the door
the front, which did not close the key, and sent out to the tennis courts by the usual way, since
These are among the "tapas". During an hour was playing tennis with the teacher and others
students, among which is an individual who met during this period of holidays, from
name "Jez", with which it has not properly established a relationship of friendship, but a
trivial knowledge. The "Jez" has two children, whose ages do not need to know. As the
wife of the states that came to see her by the pool, but never spoke to her. ----- After class tennis by llH15, remained in the area of pool, chatting with
his wife others, who do not remember. By 12:00, combined with KATE and it is
recalls, she had lunch and the witness would get MADELEINE. Think about that, it was the
KATE who led the twins' home. As the witness who was to get MADELEINE,
it certainly did 0s journeys through the shortcut.
----- For the 12.30 pm started to eat, and this meal is prolonged for one hour, until
to 13:30. After this time, go to the recreation area of the venture, taking the
deponent left the door fiente and the rest of the family through the back door that, once again,
closed and locked from inside. As for the front door, no need to know if the lock.
What remained in the area of recreation for about an hour, until 14H30114H35.
Soon after, left the twins with the "nursery" of "tapas", signed the register and turned itself
the three (witness, and MADELEINE KATE), for the "nursery" of the main reception, where he arrived
14H50 and delivered by the MADELEINE, failing to clarify who is who signed the book
The deponent and KATE returned to the "Ocean Club" by the shortcut and once at the reception
secondary, the official asked if there was a vacancy to reserve the tennis courts. This
then were informed that there was a vacancy between 14.30 to 15.30. As I was 15,800,
started immediately to sport. By 15:30, reached the teacher of tennis, they
gave an up to 16.30.
Remained in place until at 16.45 to talk, when the twins were to
Zone meals. By 17H00, as usual, it is accompanied by the MADELEINE
educators and other children. Upon arrival, the MADELEJNE dinner and ended by
17H30. After the 17H30 went to the apartment, taking the witness entered the main door, which
did not close the key, while he was inside the residence. The KATE and children came by
the back door, after it has been opened from the inside by the deponent. What have bath for children, and the deponent 18:00 left for a game of tennis only
for men, to whom attended: DAN, a professor of tennis; JULIAN, with whom he practiced tennis
several times, and CLIRTIS, with whom he also had played. , the remaining elements of the group, including children, were i
beach, and returned by 18:30, when I saw David Payne near the tennis courts.
The DAVID KATE and was visiting the children and returned close to 19:00, trying to convince the
deponent to continue to play tennis, not agreed to that, because of already is playing to some
an hour and have to return to with your wife. Still, RUSSELL, and DAVID

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MATHEW were playing. By 19:00, ran into the apartment, and that the KATE and children to play
on the couch. About 10 to 15 minutes later, took the children to the room and sat out all the
MADELEINE of bed to read a story. By 19:30, the twins were already on their
Cots and MADELEINE in bed next to the front door of the room. Do not know if they were
sleeping, but by silence, I reckon. As it was still early, the witness took bath, think
KATE that it had done, talked a little and drank wine or beer.
For the 20.35, left the apartment in the direction of "tapas". Even before leaving, and
because the child's bedroom door was ajar as always, opened it a little more,
back to the ear and abroad, as everything was in complete silence, not even entered,
to pull back the door to the previous position, with an area of about 10 cm. -----
Are you sure that before leaving home, the child's bedroom was all dark, with the
window closed. but do not know if locked, the blinds slide but with some slit
the curtains open and also run. Asked, states that during the night, the artificial light
from outside is very low, so if not connected to the room or the LUZA
kitchen, the visibility inside the room is very small. Despite what stated in their
previous statements, and has now referred the certainty that came out with KATE through the back door,
consequently it was closed but not locked, since this is only possible by
inside. Regarding the front door, but has made sure that was closed, it is little
likely to be locked up, since they left through the back door. ---------------
----- They did the normal route to the "tapas", which arrived shortly afterwards from 20.35, not
taking this route is crossed with anyone known or detected something abnormal. Asked,
said the dinners were once marked since Monday, as was the group's claim
there making meals. It was the first of the group to arrive, sitting in the largest table, as
usually, which is situated in the middle between the other tables under an awning, with an area in
The transparent plastic front. Refers to sit around the table, a position that allowed the
deponent see almost the entire back door of his apartment where they went out and
----- Advance that, in addition to others that is not remembered, was one of the small tables,
CARPENTER the couple, who also met playing tennis and having spoken to begin to arrive
the other elements of the group. Do not remember the order of arrival, but it has to idea that has been the
MATHEW and RACHEL, the first to arrive after the deponent. With the passage of time were
getting the remaining elements of the group, up to total of nine adults. By 21:00, the
MATHEW got up from the table, saying that would see the children. However, said he would not see the
children of the deponent, but only after the demise of MADELEINE he said that at 21:00,
the blinds of the child's bedroom window was closed. By 21.05, the MATHEW returned,
when the witness got up from the table, to go see how they were their children.
----- Did the normal route to the back door, which is open, only had
of the move, although, as was entering the room, found that the door of the room
children were, not as had left ajar, but open halfway, which
felt weird, but then raised the possibility of raising MADELEINE whether to go
sleep to your room, to avoid the noise produced by the brothers. To that extent, entered
the child's bedroom and established visual contact with each of them, and there has
sure, that the three slept deeply. Out of the child's bedroom, then the backboard
the door as I mentioned earlier, turning to the Bathroom. Everything else was normal,
blinds, curtains and windows closed, very dark, only the light that came from the room
----- Adds that not entered into any further division of the residence, where he remained only
about two to three minutes, leaving and then again by the back door, which closed, but
not locked. Explains that the children returned without seeing any other couple, not least because such
he was not asked.
----- After leaving the gate side, and when directed to secondary entrance of the reception, unless
, 10 meters from the gate, found that the "Jez" was going to go up in one street
walk contrary, bringing with it a basket of baby with her youngest son. Crossed the
street in the direction of "Jez", which climbed by the right hand upward, both having
talked for about 3 to 4 minutes on tennis, vacations and children. While held up
talk to the "Jez", did not see anyone in the group, nor identified any individual or vehicle
suspect. It had been specifically asked, states that during this period of time,
did not see it would surely go to Jane in that location, although it was clear that the
speak in front of the "Jez", by another walk to the back, where is your apartment.
It also mentions that "Jez" said he had never seen anyone, since it is
was in front.
They then returned to "TAPAS", between 21H10 and 21.15, after having dinner
within the normal range. As the movement of people at the table was often do not know if
when returned, someone was missing, including the JANE. By 21:30, the deponent
KATE drew the attention to the fact that at the time of going to see the children taking the MATHEW
right away if volunteering to replace it, since she was talking. Three to four
minutes later, the MATHEW returned, saying only "everything is calm" (SCI), the latter
entered through the back door, since they had no key and was usual, by entering this
location. and this
entered through the back door, since they had no key and was usual, by entering this
After the arrival of MATHEW and before leaving the KATE do not remember if someone would have
absent, although it is quite likely that this has happened. Do you think, that night, none of
adults or children had fallen ill. Asked states that the daughter of RUSSEL and
FIONA, you have been patient in Tuesday. After half an hour, with nothing to report, and 22H03, again warning that was to KATE
at the time of going to see the children. This became immediately and sent to the apartment on the way
normal, and entered through the back door. About 10 minutes later, began a surprise
delay, at the time the witness was about to get up and go see the reason for
delay, the KATE appeared to run, completely shattered and crying, saying that the
MADELEINE had disappeared and had to be sure because it had already searched the whole house. --
----- The witness followed the race into the apartment, being accompanied by other
elements of the group at that time were sitting the table. When he reached the fourth in
first found that the door was completely open, the window also open to
one side, the blinds subidos, almost in full, the curtains away, the bed of
MADELEINE was empty, but the twins continued to sleep in cots. It provides that,
it announced the second KATE this is the scenario that she found, when it came to
apartment. Then closed the blinds, addressed itself to the outside and tried to open them, which succeeded,
is a surprise because I thought that this was possible only from within.
Continued with the searches abroad, ii around several blocks of flats, taking the
MATHEW asked the witness who moved the reception was secondary to the fact
Police reported the site, because it had no doubt that his daughter had been kidnapped.
So adamant refutes the hypothesis that Madeleine may have left the apartment
by their own means.
The deponent was left with the erroneous impression that the MATHEW saw the blinds of
quarter closed, when he went there by 21.30, which is why we thought that
disappearance would be processed between 21.30 and 22.00, whereas at present is
pelnamente convinced that the kidnapping would have occurred in the period from your trip
and 21,805 of the visit by MATHEW to 21.30. Only about 01:00 on the day of 04/05/2007, that was
RUSSEL that knowledge through its companion JANE, by 21H10, would have seen a
individual to cross the top of the street with a child in lap, which may or may not be your daughter
MADELEINE. Question, that it is not remembered for having described specifically the type of pajamas
(color drawings, etc.). MADELEINE that the dress had at the time they disappeared. A
MADELEINE photograph of her daughter, having printed several in the hotel reception, handed
the elements of the police who traveled to the site, as well as the other people present there. --
Asked -----, said that in addition to their own apartment, the only MADELEINE reached
enter the apartment of David and Fiona, who was also attending the habit apartments
each other. .
----- That, between Monday and Wednesday, not knowing specify the date when leaving the residence
by the main door, to put the children in their "nurseries", to the left MADELEINE
run by the left, on the opposite end of the residential blocks where they were
housed, playing with the twins. What have fallen iunto? Exitr emidade feet away from a
these blocks, not knowing what needs and the three children arrived to come to a
iardins of which exist in the back. Then followed the corridor inside the existing
back, next to the hedges, until the street giving access to secondary reception.
----- Categorically denies that anyone in gmpo may be directly or indirectly involved
in the disappearance of her daughter. Assumes that when his wife alerted to the its
disappearance, all the elements of the group were seated at the table. Notes that, too
over dinner, none of the elements are complained of being ill or expressed any
strange behavior, an atmosphere of relaxation reign.
----- During the holidays, asked not rented or borrowed any vehicle, no
has also used taxi or other means of transport. Further clarifies that, the only time that the
MADELEINE followed to the beach, which was described above, although the child has gone to
Praia da Luz three more times, one for sailing, but always in the company of officials of
"nursery". Two of these trips, were implemented after the date on which it went in
their parents. That for these episodes, it never was said by MADELEINE
that anything unusual had happened,
------ Question, that it, on Thursday, 03/05/2007 day, it was not anybody sitting in
table, the odd group, and you do not know anyone with the name "IRWIN". -----------
----- Still on the bed where his daughter was the night he disappeared,
states that slept uncover, as was usual when it was hot, with folded clothes
down. For the bed of the child's bedroom that was near the window, refers
that it did not have any obvious signs that someone there has put the

----- With regard to surveillance every half hour made the children, appeared inspired by
system that "MARK Warners" has and what is known as the "baby listening", as already
previously mentioned. On the night that the acts were committed, had fish for dinner and sausages and
Entry potatoes, drinking white wine. Typically, the period of between 20,830 and the end of
dinner, drank more or less bottle of wine per person. ...........................................
----- Question, that it has submitted to KATE never any suggestion that it would have "a bad
feeling "on this trip.
----- Do not have any kind of suspicion, or has enemies, a situation that applies
KATE also to his wife. That, during his career, never made an error,
nor was guilty of anything, except once, in the year 2000, in which an individual
Unknown entered the hospital where she worked, without making any threats

viv said...

As soon as Gerry starts talking in his first statement to the police the anomolies start. He says that at 9 and 10 he and Kate went the extra distance to walk around to the front of the building and use their key to get in, but in between times Mat takes the easy route through the open patio door. No wonder they did not believe him!
If the much nearer patio door was open for you to get in, why would you walk around the building to get to the front and use your key, and of course when he gets interiewed the next time, he realised that sounded a bit daft so change his mind, and says well no we went throught he patio door, dear oh dear. Witnesses are usually telling the truth first time off, I know it is difficult to believe Gerry ever was, but I think it would be much more feasible you would lock the door if you were leaving children and valuable unguarded. The patio door had to be open though because how else did the abductor get in, given what he originally said about the gemmying was announced by Mark Warner to be rubbish. Going back to the beginning in this way it could clearly be said it is a waste of time looking at this case any longer. It is a matter for the police to sort it out and ask Mat why he would bother to lie for Gerry? If it was me I would be tempted to just put the lot of them in the cells until they can come to their senses and start telling the truth!



Thus, at 9.05pm, the interviewee entered the room (apartment?) using his key, the door being locked, and went to the children's room and noted that the twins and Madeleine were OK. He then took several minutes going to the toilet. He left the apartment and bumped into someone with whom he had played tennis and had a brief conversation. He then returned to the Tapas.


At 9.30pm, a friend, MATT, (a member of the group) went to his apartment where his own children were, and he went through the interviewee's apartment, going in through a patio door (it says glazed or glass door, but I'm making it patio door!) at the side of the building, which was always open. He went into the room (apartment?) He saw the twins and he checked if Madeleine was OK. Everything was normal, the shutters closed and the bedroom door half-open as usual. Then MATT went back to the restaurant.


At 10pm, Kate went to check on the children. She went into the apartment, using her key and saw that the bedroom door was completely open, the window was also open, the shutters raised and the curtains open. The doors were locked except the one at the back as already noted above. Faced with this situation, KATE checked that the twins were in their respective beds, unlike MADELEINE, who had disappeared. After thoroughly searching the apartment, his wife, scared and shocked, went to the restaurant to inform the interviewee of the disappearance. Immediately, the group took themselves around the club and searched across all the facilities, swimming pool, tennis etc., as well as in the apartment, with the help of Ocean Club employees, who, at the same time, contacted the authorities.