24 Feb 2009


Courtesy of 3 Arguidos and warning, it will not be an easy read or one for the faint hearted!

Person Interviewed: David PAYNE Number of Pages 45
Place of Interview: Force Headquarters, Enderby Signature of Interviewing
Date of Interview: 11.04.08 Officer producing exhibit
Time Commenced: 1026 hours
Time Concluded: 1154 hours Duration of Interview: 89 minutes
Interviewing Officer(s) DC 1485 MESSIAH Tape Reference nos:
Other Persons Present None

Tape counter times Person speaking Text

00:00:04 1485 "Okay, the interview is being video recorded, I’ll make sure it is, yeah, the video, the interview is being video recorded and we are at Leicestershire Police Force, Force Headquarters alright. The date is Friday the eleventh of April two thousand and eight, and I make the time by my watch ten twenty six. My name is DC Ivor MESSIAH and I’m a Detective in the Major Crime Department at Leicestershire Police, alright?”
Reply "Yes.”
1485 "Could you tell me who you are please? Your name, date of birth and where you live.”
Reply "Yes, my name’s David PAYNE, my date of birth is fourteenth of the fourth, fifty six, I live in *********** ***
, and I, do you want to know, sorry, what else?”
1485 "What’s your occupation?”
Reply "Err I work as a hospital Doctor in err at a Registrar in the Trent Region, currently working in Derby City General Hospital, where I’ve been there for just over a week and then prior to that I was at the Leicester General Hospital, where I’ve been there for err two years.”
1485 "Fine, okay. As we explained on the chat before we came into this interview room, this interview is being monitored. There is a colleague in another room that’s watching what’s happening here, he’s acting as my second eyes if you like.”
Reply "Yeah.”
1485 "And second ears, if there’s anything I’ve missed you know it’ll be brought to my attention. Equally the Detective Superintendent will also monitor during the course of today, alright?”
Reply "Right.”
00:01:44 1485 "Are you happy to continue knowing that this interview is being recorded?”
Reply "I’m happy to continue.”
1485 "Okay, and subsequently at the end of this interview it may be that a statement is produced probably later on in the day regarding this interview, okay?”
Reply "That’s alright, yes.”
1485 "As I say as I explained as well there may be lots of duplication during this interview, it may be quite tedious because you know you’ll have answered it eleven months ago, equally your mind will be quite hazy I’m sure, the sequence of events you know you were interviewed by the Portuguese early doors.”
Reply "Yes.”
1485 "Last May, and your answers may not be parallel to what you spoke to them about, don’t worry about it, you know it’s passage of time but all I’m asking you to do is to try and recall as much as you can, the days leading up to Madeleine MCCANN’S disappearance because that’s what we’re here to investigate and at the end of the day you are our witnesses, you’re not a suspect you are our witnesses, do you understand that?”
Reply "I do, yes.”
00:02:52 1485 "Okay, David, just tell me a bit about yourself, a bit about your family, you’re obviously married to Fiona PAYNE, you’ve told me where you live, just tell me a bit about yourself and her.”
Reply "Okay, err as I say we have two children, err Lily and Scarlet, err Lily will be err four in August, Scarlet’s nearly two. Err as I say we both work as hospital Doctors err we both, err myself and Fiona trained in Leicester err where we graduated from err we both, we met when we were at Medical School and err yeah on the whole we’ve worked in the Leicestershire err region. Err you know we’re both very happy, err…”
1485 "How old are your children sorry? Did you say…”
Reply "Err yes Scarlet will be two in May and Lily will be four in August.”
1485 "And how long you been married?”
Reply "Err we were married since two thousand and three.”
1485 "Two thousand and three?”
Reply "Yes.”
1485 "Okay. Tell me about your social circle.”
Reply "Okay, err you know, when we got married, we actually got married in Italy and the majority of friends of ours unfortunately, or fortunately, are in the medical profession, I think it’s the way it works with the hours and err yeah the nature of the job and exams etcetera, like you tend to socialise quite a lot with medical people. Err obviously the, you know the group who went to Portugal, Russell, err who I knew through, he was in my year at medical school, err subsequently obviously I knew Jane through Russell. Err in terms of Kate and Gerry, we knew, Fiona had worked with Kate and that’s how I got to know Kate and Gerry, err you know we have probably a, just a, not a tight band of friends but you know its generally the same people, so the people who went, you know a lot of people came our wedding in Italy, who we subsequently had perhaps been on holiday with but we still stay in touch with. Err and if we socialise with anyone then it tends to be the same, same groups of, same group of people, the majority of them medical, obviously apart from Jane and Rachael of course.”
00:05:31 1485 "Is everybody locally based?”
Reply "Err I mean, err obviously Kate and Gerry being in Leicestershire, Russell and Jane were in the Leicestershire region as well up until last year when they moved err to Exeter. Err and then Matt and Rachael, they also you know were originally in Leicestershire and they’ve moved down err working in London. Err but, you know, other friends we have, you know we have friends dotted around the country err but you know those are the main.”
1485 "The main.”
Reply "Yeah.”
1485 "Okay. Moving on to Portugal, the holiday last year, the holiday started twenty eighth of April and was due to finish the fifth of May I believe. It’s my understanding that you did, you were instrumental really in the arranging.”
Reply "Yes.”
1485 "The co-ordination of the holiday.”
Reply "That’s correct.”
00:06:37 1485 "What I want you to do now is, don’t assume I know anything, okay.”
Reply "Right.”
1485 "Just imagine that you haven’t spoke to anybody in Portugal about this and tell me in the beginning how it all come to happen, in other words who first decided it was going to be Portugal, and then subsequently what happened up until the day that you went away.”
Reply "Okay. Err it’s a long winded answer.”
1485 "Yeah.”
Reply "I mean when we first, err you know the first kind of concept of a group holiday if you like, was when you know we went to Italy for our wedding where we actually stayed, you know we had all of the guests staying there err for that weekend, and you know, I know they all say your wedding’s the best, one of the best days in your life but it was just absolutely fantastic. We had children staying there and it was just such a great occasion with, with everyone around and you know everyone came and said what a fantastic, you know, time that they’d had err so you know that was the kind of, if you like, the beginnings of that, that concept of you know a group holiday err we then subsequently err you know we did have holidays with other people, you know we went away with Kate and Gerry and other friends err to Majorca and again you know although it was very hard, you know we’d had difficulties with you know with our child just sleeping wise and you know it’s hard work but still you appreciated the fact that there’s a group of you there and we subsequently had been away with err Russell, Jane, and Matt and Rachael err on another group holiday err the year after that, and then so we’d always been looking you know to do the same things, it is much easier when you have a group of children you know they interact together and you know it’s great for the parents and you’re all at a similar stage in life with the way that they’re growing up and you know so we were always looking to continue that yearly err holiday, and you know we knew that Kate and Gerry had met Russell and Jane and so you know, like with the wedding, so all the people had you know a reasonable relationship before err we’d gone away to Portugal. So you know we were just looking to continue that err last year. Err we’d all, or certainly we’d been on a Mark Warner before, I think Matt and Rachael and Russell and Jane had been on a Mark Warner type holiday and you know so we were looking to go on that type of holiday where we had err all the amenities that Mark Warner had to offer so they’ve got you know the sporting facilities, they’ve got the crèche facilities for the children and you know so that, that kind of holiday was what we were looking for. Err I’m trying to remember when we first chatted about you know going on the holiday. I mean I can only remember really that we were trying to arrange it probably two or three months err prior to us actually booking the holiday and err but probably we’d been chatting it I’m sure before, it may well have been before Christmas. Err you know I’d looked on the internet at you know what the availability was in different err locations and Portugal was the only err Mark Warner holiday that would offer err you know a holiday at that time of the year. Err so you know we were hoping that the weather would be fine and Portugal was a reasonable distance for taking children on the plane so we, you know, we settled on, on t hat holiday. Err over the weeks there was quite a lot of discussion about going away, you know, on the Mark Warner holiday err the, you know we, it got to the stage of booking it and then there had been some questioning about the err you know the fact that it wasn’t the kind of (inaudible) same holiday as you know other Mark Warner’s err you know and you know could they guarantee that we would all be together in err you know the apartments and I’d had quite a discussion with Mark Warner you know email wise just to make, try and make sure that we were guaranteed err together.”
1485 "Yeah.”
00:10:59 Reply "And the rationale for that was just that we would you know it’s just easier if you are all in the same lot, you know you can go next door and you know, just from the children’s point of view you know we would all be segregated if you like. Err and then obviously there was the discovery that that wasn’t the same, it wasn’t you know the same self contain but err yeah there was similar facilities available. Err I think, yeah so sorry as I was say just to reinforce you know I quite a lot of correspondence with Mark Warner regarding that and the rest of the group. Err I think when you, when you’re booking a holiday like this you know I quite enjoy err sorting it out for everybody and err feel some, you know it makes me feel good about myself if I’ve managed to arrange it for everybody and taken the hard work out of it and you know I ended up organising our wedding because Fiona had got her exams, and it was the same thing you know a lot of people enjoyed themselves, I wanted to try and do the same thing, make it easier for everybody, and err yeah I know that err again there’d been some concern from Kate and Gerry that they wanted to go away on that, both err parties weren’t a hundred percent you know sure on that type of holiday. I can’t say exactly you know what the reasons, I can’t remember and from that point of view but in the end you know we just thought oh it’s a great holiday there’s, everybody knows everybody and that we would have a very good time there. There was err you know some discussion about where we would fly from and who would fly with who and whether we take the Mark Warner flights and from that point of view we err originally, we eventually settled on that you know we would fly out from East Midlands with Kate and Gerry because the timing of the flights was, was perfect, it wasn’t too early in the morning you know so we don’t have to go at some ridiculous hour, we don’t want to arrive there with kids err tired, and err so you know we, we, err myself, Fiona and Lily and Scarlet then flew out with err Kate and Gerry, Sean, Amelie and Madeleine, and err you know that was basically how we ended up booking the holiday and arriving there.”
00:13:15 1485 "Okay. I’ll just go back to a few things what you’ve said, who did you book the holiday with?”
Reply "Err the, I mean we booked it directly through Mark Warner.”
1485 "Right.”
Reply "Err and the ladies that I dealt a lot with and I have, yeah I’ve got the email, I’ve actually got the document with all the err you know the email correspondence I had, I think it was, the main lady was a lady called Jasminder MING but you know there was other people that I dealt with booking it, but she was the central figure err that helped us in dealing with.”
1485 "Right, and you say that Kate and Gerry initially weren’t that keen because of, what is it they weren’t keen about?”
Reply "Well, say from, you know, from recollections and obviously we have discussed you know the situation since.”
1485 "Yeah.”
Reply "Err was that you know Kate had got an uneasy feeling, that’s all you know, has come back to her and I remember you know again, whether this is something that’s subsequently I feel has happened be, you know before the event, but you know Fiona had certainly mentioned it err that you know Kate wasn’t quite you know, didn’t feel quite easy about it but there was no explanation that I could give you or you know even subsequently err in discussions that you know there wasn’t one thing. Kate, err I think Gerry’s very, he’s very enthusiastic and I think he’s you know, you see the way that he’s conducted himself you know over the last few months, he’s a very sorted person, a very dynamic person you know he was all you know, don’t worry you know it’ll be fine and everything…”
1485 "Yeah.”
Reply "Will work its way out and you know whether it be the logistics of the situation that err Kate was more concerned about you know I really couldn’t answer that question.”
1485 "Mm, so just so I’ve got it straight in my head, did the, the concern from Kate materialise with Fiona since or did it come out in the period that the holiday was booked?”
00:15:19 Reply "I, in my mind there was some concern before the holiday but I find it very difficult to separate whether this is just something which is implanted since we’ve discussed after err Madeleine’s disappearance.”
1485 "Right.”
Reply "I can’t, I couldn’t a hundred percent say that in certainty.”
1485 "Okay, and there was some discussion between yourself and Mark Warner regarding the rooms.”
Reply "Yes.”
1485 "You say you needed the rooms for together?”
Reply "Yes.”
1485 "What took, what sort of conversations took place?”
Reply "Err basically when, you know prior to the booking err Mark Warner had err he said oh yes it’s, you know don’t worry we can make sure that all the apartments are together and err then subsequently after booking I then you know, I, obviously it was just something that was very you know because we knew there was some difficulties geographically that you know you could be split out over quite a distance on the actual Mark Warner site. Well that would have impacted, we felt you know quite heavily on the holiday if we’d have you know one couple were, you know, completely out on the limb and everyone else was together so when I’d mentioned this again you know just to, just to err you know, confirm that that would be the situation, that we’d be all together they, the reply was I’m afraid we can’t actually guarantee that you will all be together because this is not solely a Mark Warner err set up you know so unfortunately we are slightly err at the vagaries of the Ocean Club about where couples will be but we’ll do our utmost to make sure that you are you know together. So err yeah so that’s generally the way that the, err the conversation or the email correspondence went. Err I, you know there was other things that were slightly different you know obviously from the childcare you know point of view. They had the, you know they had the listening service that they have, you know at the other Mark Warner venues that we’d been on, and err you know that was part, you know that was the concept again that we were buying in to the Mark Warner and you know when we went out there that was partly, so again there was some correspondence we had with them just you know, just checking what, what was available in terms of the dinners as well, err Mark Warner’s are generally I think half, you know half board and that wasn’t on offer so there’s some differences with Mark, that, that particular err venue compared with the other Mark Warner’s that the, that the couples I’ve already mentioned had been on previously.”
1485 "Yeah.”
00:18:00 Reply "And err you know just for the record, embarrassingly or as it turns out now in err retrospect you know it’s a small change but you know the Mark Warner had also advertised that you know they were gonna discount the holiday by ten percent you know not long after we booked, which slightly irritated me, given the fact that we booked it and then he said well actually we don’t have this, we don’t have this, so I’d had correspondence probably being a bit cheeky just to say what, what, you know you can knock us ten percent off as well and they gave us some discount, which you know looking back just seems, you know, ridiculous.”
1485 "Yeah, in the scale of things. Why specifically was it the Ocean Club?”
Reply "Err I mean as I say, we, we bought into the concept of a group holiday, we bought into the concept of Mark Warner, we’d all you know, apart from Kate and Gerry I don’t think they’d done Mark Warner, but you know we’d certainly been on that type of holiday before, and as I you know recall they were the only Mark Warner resort that was open at that time of the year. I don’t think Egypt was you know available at that time of year, I don’t think err Turkey was available and certainly Greece, so I think at that particular moment in time it was just that Portugal was the only one that opened that early in the season.”
1485 "Yeah.”
Reply "And it just fitted in with our timings, we felt, you know, obviously you go away, you want it to be a bit warmer and you know we thought that Portugal would be ideal.”
1485 "Right. You’ve touched on, about the listening service that you say that Mark Warner supply. What did you understand about their listening service? What did it actually do?”
Reply "Err I mean traditionally the, the other resorts they’ll have a listening service and what that involves is that, you know, if you’re staying on a Mark Warner err resort they will, you know if you ask for this listening service, the parents can go and have their evening meal and you will supply the details of which you know is your accommodation and they will go and listen outside the room of each of the err you know the rooms, just to check whether the baby’s crying or there’s, you know there seems to be any problem and you know that was obviously what we were hoping for err there as well. You know we realised that that wasn’t err what they offered err in Portugal and we knew that they did have err a drop-in err crèche for the evenings, you know I cannot, you know I cannot tell you what the times were err that you can leave them but you know we all felt you know that we were going there in, with the mindset that you know we, we you know we could do the if you like the listening outside the door but you know we actually went into rooms or the other couples did and you know do it more frequently and that we were offering exactly the same as what Mark Warner did and the rest of their resort but we were just applying it to Portugal where they didn’t offer that service. Err you know the, the, yeah, so that was really…”
00:21:10 1485 "Yeah, and over what frequency did you understand that they would have done the listening service?”
Reply "I mean in, at the other resorts that we’ve been to err I believe they do it every thirty minutes err you know as I say we actually haven’t used that service when we’ve been but you know the friends who have they’ve, they’ve said it’s around thirty minutes.”
1485 "Yeah, and did the group, were the group aware that that was the listening service’s, well that’s what was available within the listening service? Was…”
Reply "I, I would be pretty sure that most people before they went away knew, its the kind of thing that I’d be a bit anal about, that oh crikey or they don’t offer this and oh you know they said that they ‘d got this and its not available and I would, you know I’d have seen it as my responsibility again, I haven’t actually checked through the emails, you know obviously some of it may have been on phone calls, to actually validate that but I’d be pretty sure that everyone was aware that we would be going knowing exactly what the circumstances were, and I think, I suppose for my mindset, the main thing for me was that we were all, everyone was together as a group you know the locality of the, sort of the vicinity of the rooms was, was close enough to make everything as easy as possible, you know from, from all perspectives, whether it be during the day or, or during the evening.”
00:22:37 1485 "Yeah, okay. So you’ve stopped your recall at the flights, so you get to the airport, airport went okay?”
Reply "Yeah.”
1485 "Because you said that you flew with Gerry, Kate and Gerry.”
Reply "We did, yes.”
1485 "And…”
Reply "Yeah we had err you know a very good flight err from my, I can remember it wasn’t err, it was, the flight was about nine in the morning, nine, nine thirty. Err everyone you know seemed, it seemed to go without any event, we didn’t remember it as one of the worst flights we’d ever had going, I couldn’t say that about some of the other flights that we’ve been on so the kids you know I’m sure they’d, you know it was very easy you know they’d all behaved themselves and there’s as least hassle as possible err you know everyone’s excited, it’s you know that time of the year you’re all looking forward and err Lily you know and Madeleine you know had met many times before and you know they were happy to be together err I can remember you know them holding hands and you know getting on the plane and we’ve got the video footage on the, you know on the err phone of that you know when Madeleine, you know, slipped and banged her leg. Err you know it was as I say a very straight forward flight, got there with minimal hassle err at some stage you know there was some text messages with the rest of the group they’d you know already arrived before us. Err you know we were met by, err you know Gerry had organised err the taxi side of it err over in err Portugal, you know it had been my responsibility to sort out the Mark Warner and everything and Gerry had err had you know err paid for the flight and he’d sorted the taxis out over there. Err you know the being concerned about the child seats in the taxi but you know we were all relatively happy err going to the resort, it just all seemed very straight forward, very seamless, err you know we were, as I say there was, there was just no problems that you really could recall at that stage, it was very straight forward.”
00:25:01 1485 "During the flight did Kate refer to her concerns again?”
Reply "No, no I mean err you know she, I think to play on that particular aspect of like how worried she was about going away would probably be over cooking it really, overstating the case. Err you know Kate is a, you know is a very optimistic person and you know once she’d made the decision you know went with it and you know Kate very happy to be there and part of the group and certainly didn’t voice any concerns going over there.”
1485 "Okay. The rest of the group, sorry, in your group, in your flight…”
Reply "Yes.”
1485 "Was yourself.”
Reply "Yes.”
1485 "Fiona.”
Reply "Yes.”
1485 "Your two children.”
Reply "That’s correct.”
1485 "Dianne?”
Reply "Err yes Dianne, yes.”
1485 "Kate, Gerry, Amelie.”
Reply "Yeah.”
1485 "Madeleine and Sean.”
Reply "That’s correct.”
1485 "Yeah, and you flew from East Midlands?”
Reply "That’s correct.”
1485 "The others, where did the others fly from?”
Reply "Err the others flew from, I think it was Heathrow, I’m not a hundred percent sure, Heathrow or Gatwick, but err you know they, I think they’d, they’d gone with a Mark Warner flight which was supplied with the, as I say the Heathrow or Gatwick, and so they’d gone at any earlier flight but I think you know it was err you know a cheaper option. We ended up paying extra money than, you know, want for the flight times which were more appropriate and not having to travel down err to London, but we felt that was more you know as I say better for the children, they’d get a longer sleep plus we didn’t have to pay for car parks down in London and petrol etcetera so err but I cannot, I’m not a hundred percent sure whether it’s Heathrow or Gatwick, sorry.”
00:26:49 1485 "Okay, okay. So when you get to Portugal, tell me about the scenario from the time you left the airport to the time you was actually booked in at the Ocean Club.”
Reply "Yes, yeah err the, you know we, we got the, the taxi which Gerry had sorted out err you know I say we got all the baggage in err you know from the seat, the car seating we were just trying to work out what the best options and where to put the children into the taxi. We then had the journey from the airport to Praia Da Luz and err you know again very straight forward err yeah I can’t remember how long it took whether it be forty minutes or, or whatever. Err we arrived there, there was a little bit of difficulty actually finding err where we needed to be err at the err Ocean Club. Yeah I seem to, we had some texts I think in the, you know with err Russell and Matt, you know where were they, what were they up to and you know the rooms and etcetera. We then, we finally found the err the reception at the Ocean Club which was you know err geographically slightly different distance from where we were err staying err and then we were met err at the reception there. Again, I can’t remember who err met us, we gave err you know we picked up err you know so we got a letter and we were, we then went back on to the err transport which took us down to the rooms but I think you know there was either one or two of the Mark Warner representatives and then we you know we then went to the rooms that we were allocated and err you know obviously err Russell, Jane and Matt and Rachael were already err in their rooms and then we just kind of looked at the sheets and oh that’s where our room is, we found the room and Kate and Gerry then went off err to their room. Err we, you know we’d kind of meet up and have a chat about what’s going on there you know and that’s how we arrived at the rooms.”
00:29:04 1485 "Okay, tell me about your room.”
Reply "Okay.”
1485 "Where it was, or…”
Reply "We, yeah we were, we were slightly different to the other three apartments err we were, we were upstairs err we, you know the other parties were all err in the apartments downstairs, err you went in through the, you know, the door into the apartment which took you into the living area. Err in the living area slightly to the right was the dining room, all open plan, and there was a patio doors you know which led out to the balcony. Err if you turned right immediately into the apartment there was the, err the kitchen, err if you went into the main living area and turned left that took you to the, err bedrooms and the bathroom. The first on the left was one of the bedrooms as you’re walking along and then you had, going in an anticlockwise direction, there was the, err the bathroom and then the next room you know anticlockwise was the other bedroom. Err and then there was the, obviously the lounge part, there was the television, there was err, err a sofa in there which was a sofa bed which is where Dianne err slept and I say then there was a balcony with a sliding doors which led out to the balcony. Err so that’s pretty much the, the apartment.”
00:30:33 1485 "How good are you at sketching?”
Reply "Err, not very good.”
1485 "Otherwise it’s just a brief like birds-eye view floor plan of when you come in.”
Reply "Okay. So if you were walking through the door err here, which you opened, as you walk in here the kitchen would have been just here, and there was a doorway just leading in, into the kitchen. This was part of the dining room, you know you’ve got the sliding doors which were, you know just situated here, this was the, err where the dining room table was. You had the err lounge part here, there was a television just over, you know, in the corner here and there’s another chair about there and then I think there’s the sofa was over here. Err there was a err piece of furniture like a dresser or a side cabinet there, as you came along here, I’ve drawn this bit wrong.”
1485 "It’s alright.”
Reply "The, the, yeah the first bedroom would have been you know kind of here. Then you had the bathroom which was here and then you had the next bedroom was here, so the doorways were in there, no sorry there and there into the bedrooms, yeah.”
1485 "Yeah?”
Reply "Yeah.”
1485 "I’ve got the gist of that.”
Reply "But that’s, yeah so.”
00:32:07 1485 "Just mark on what rooms they are, you say that’s the kitchen.”
Reply "So that’s the kitchen there, that’s the dining room, that’s kind of the lounge there, that’s the balcony, err so that’s bedroom one, that’s the bathroom, that’s bedroom two.”
1485 "Okay so we have bedroom one and we have bedroom two.”
Reply "Yes.”
1485 "Which bedroom did your children sleep in?”
Reply "Err in…”
1485 "Or which did you designate for them to sleep in?”
Reply "Yeah we had err Lily err was in bedroom one and…”
1485 "That’s the one nearest to that door there.”
Reply "That’s correct.”
1485 "Yeah.”
Reply "And Scarlet was staying in with us in bedroom two. Err and as I say Dianne was in the lounge err on a, on a, you know the sofa bed.”
00:33:11 1485 "Right. The door, the outside door that you entered, what sort of a door was that?”
Reply "Err…”
1485 "Sorry, weird question really.”
Reply "Yes, yes.”
1485 "How did it lock, and…”
Reply "Yes.”
1485 "Was it secure?”
Reply "Err you needed, yeah once the door was shut, you know you needed the keys to, you know to gain entry err into the apartment. Err I can’t remember whether we ever had, you know whether you can deadlock it so that you could get in and out with the door open, but essentially you needed the key you know, to use, if I remember to gain access into the, err into the apartment, and you know generally it was difficult because there was, you know we’d ask about more than one key, there was the only one key to the apartment so during the day time you know we left the key under the, the err there was a mat err outside, err you know that you wipe your feet on, and err you know that’s, that’s basically how we gained entry into it during the day time.”
00:34:18 1485 "And your pat, you say your patio doors.”
Reply "Mm.”
1485 "So you were on, upstairs?”
Reply "We were.”
1485 "Is that the first floor or the second floor?”
Reply "Err so ground floor is obviously the floor where you’re walking around.”
1485 "Yeah.”
Reply "And then you went up one flight of stairs err to what I would call the first floor.”
1485 "Okay, and how was that door accessed?”
Reply "Err I mean essentially you know as you came out of the apartment we were quite close to err a lift err and you know stairs at the side so you virtually come out of that lift or at the stairs and then you would go into that apartment, but there was access err to other apartments with a walk way generally along the side.”
1485 "Yeah, and once you’d got outside, what’s the scenario outside?”
Reply "Err I mean if you, you’re coming out of the apartment through the err front door you, you know as I say you were close to the lift and elevator. If you went to the side of that there was you know like a balcony that you could then look on err you know out on the car park err and then you could see you know the main road, you know, beyond that and then there was err some other apartments that you could make out you know which were a reasonable distance away but you could, you know, see, you know you could make out people at that distance. Err and that was essentially it.”
00:35:42 1485 "Okay. I’ve got another sketch for you to draw now but I’m not looking for anything to Rolf Harris.”
Reply "Yeah.”
1485 "Just a birds-eye view of your apartment.”
Reply "Yes.”
1485 "In relation to the rest of your group.”
Reply "Right. This…”
1485 "I know that you say that you’re upstairs and they’re downstairs.”
Reply "Yeah.”
1485 "If you could just sort of do a block of upstairs.”
Reply "Yeah.”
1485 "And then do a block of downstairs and then pinpoint where they were, if you see what I mean.”
Reply "Okay, yeah. So, I mean, if you, if that was the end of the block and this is the ground, err sorry this is the upstairs.”
1485 "Yeah.”
Reply "So I’ve got first floor on that. The err so if you were out on the balcony here.”
1485 "Yeah.”
Reply "I mean it was slightly difficult because you were , you know, you couldn’t quite see down below, whether, sorry, then if this is the ground floor err block. It’s obviously it’s very easy to remember that err Kate and Gerry’s apartment was right you know at the end.”
1485 "Yes.”
Reply "Of there. There was certainly a gap in between one of the apartments and I can’t remember whether that gap was in between err Kate and Gerry’s and Matt and Rachael’s, or that whether it was between Matt and Rachael’s and Russell and Jane’s but essentially you know, this, sorry I’ll just draw these on, so that’s the front, that’s the front, err Russ and Jane’s were the closest to us so you know they were directly below.”
1485 "Yes.”
Reply "Then Matt and Rachael, so, so Russ and Jane, so Matt and Rachael were either next door to Russ and Jane or there was a gap in between and then you had Kate and Gerry’s, you know at the end, but I can’t really give it any more...”
1485 "Yeah that’s fine, that’s fine.”
Reply "Yeah, so…”
00:37:52 1485 "So the rear then, which is that side there.”
Reply "Yes, yeah.”
1485 "Have you got the pool in front of you then?”
Reply "Yes, I mean look, looking, err looking out err the pool err was slightly off to the side but you know kind of that angle err but you know we had very good vision err of the pool and people.”
1485 "Yeah.”
Reply "Err you know by the side of the pool and err yeah and in between obviously the, the apartments there was the back of the apartments where they you know you could walk out at which part of the apartment and then there was the walk where the alley way which you know then separated the block from the Ocean Club. Err so we generally, if I chatted to anyone it wasn’t usually when they were in the garden below us it was more, they would be either walking you know we’d be sat on the balcony and someone would walk by or someone was at the pool and we’d have a conversation, kind of thing.”
00:38:48 1485 "Yeah. Just jumping back, I’ve got a little bit ahead of myself, the listening service I understand that you made your own arrangements in relation to listening, child listening?”
Reply "Yeah.”
1485 "What’s the circumstances regarding your listening arrangements?”
Reply "Err we, yeah, had err got a digital monitor which you know we obviously we used back, back home. Err yeah it was very good, it was very foolproof, we were very happy with the monitor. Err it’s quite a high tech monitor, you could play tunes at the other end of the monitor and so you know when err Scarlet was very little we had that option to use that. So you know we had chatted about what we felt was you know reasonably err you know safe, and we say safe in the perspective of you know both our children at that stage were in cots, you know I think the two main things that you would be concerned about or you know obviously not retrospectively now but certainly before the holiday was whether the child was gonna wake up crying you or whether the child could get you know away from the area where they were. So from our point of view we thought well they’re both in cots, they can’t get out their cots and the monitor you know covered the crying issue. Err the monitor we checked you know that it worked and that you could hear you know from that distance err there’s, I think there’s a fail safe on it if it loses signal it start, you know the distance between the base and the err mobile unit err you know, you, you get red lights showing that there is, you know that the reception is being lost. So you know we did chat you know right from the beginning whether we felt that was, you know that was reasonable and in our assessment we felt that was reasonable. Err you know we, we generally stayed err in the room, no sorry in the apartment until the children you know had fallen asleep, you know and then, you know we did all go down together and err so yeah there was occasions where you could hear something perhaps on the monitor in the room while you were you know over in the Tapas area. Err so you know on the whole we, you know, we were happy…”
1485 "You were okay with that?”
00:41:22 Reply "With that, that scenario”.
1485 "Where did you, where did you place the intercom when you went?”
Reply "Err the, obviously with the, the map of the, err the rooms err you know we, we tended to leave the doors open of the two rooms and we either left them, you know, usually left the monitor here. Err I can’t remember exactly where the plug point was but usually because we were, you know, if anyone was gonna cry it was more likely gonna be Scarlet but you could hear.”
1485 "Yeah.”
Reply "You know but the, the distance between the two rooms is nothing.”
1485 "Yes.”
Reply "And err you know so it was virtually slightly closer to bedroom two but certainly you know, no, no distance at all from bedroom one.”
1485 "Mm.”
Reply "You know there were, you know the, the, the, you know as I say the quality of the err listening monitor was, you could set the sensitivity of it to you know whatever you wanted and you know we obviously had it on maximum sensitivity and there was no concern about you know we weren’t gonna hear them when they were crying.”
00:42:38 1485 "What about the sliding doors in the apartment, what were they like?”
Reply "Err the sliding doors were a slight, they were slightly difficult to lock and that was you know one of our concerns err when we were there and it was, it was quite temperamental whether you could open them or, or, or lock them, and err yeah especially you know sometimes we had the other children coming up there so it was difficult but there was someone on the balcony or if their children were to you know venture out we would keep an eye and you know explain to them that they shouldn’t be out on the balcony you know without an adult present. Err but obviously we tried to keep the err door shut when no-one was out on the balcony and err open if there’s someone sat out there keeping an eye on them. Err the way it opened and locked was again I think it was err like a, a, a lat, you know like a lever which went up and down and I just remember it not being the most easy to err work out how to shut and, a bit temperamental.”
1485 "Mm.”
Reply "So err you know so that was probably one of the slight difficulties with that room.”
1485 "Yeah.”
Reply "You know, being on the first floor.”
1485 "Did any of the internal doors have any locks on?”
Reply "Err the bathroom did but I can’t remember the, whether the bedrooms did or not.”
00:44:11 1485 "Okay. So the picture I was painting there was just to get a, for me to get a view really of…”
Reply "Yes.”
1485 "Of what you were faced with when you got your apartment.”
Reply "Yes.”
1485 "Do you remember what number your apartment was?”
Reply "Err four G? I don’t know, I don’t know. I probably would have said, well hopefully I would have said on my previous statement you know.”
1485 "Yeah.”
Reply "But four, you know…”
1485 "It’s what you can remember now.”
Reply "Four G kind of rings a bell but I wouldn’t certainly, you know.”
1485 "Okay, okay. So moving on then, we, you arrive at your apartment.”
Reply "Mm.”
1485 "You say that you’ve, that the bus has took you round, you’ve gone to yours, Gerry and Kate have gone to theirs, Matt and Rachael and Russell were already there.”
Reply "Yes.”
1485 "What sort of time in the day was this?”
Reply "Crikey, err it was, I’d have said mid afternoon, yeah perhaps around three, four o’ clock err in the afternoon, still, you know light, still some time in the day left yeah to enjoy it, and again that was one of the benefits of that flight, it was a nice time that we weren’t arriving there at, at night, you know the kids would go straight to bed so you just had a bit of day light, you know just to see what the place was like and err you know just to make the most of that bit of day that you had left.”
00:45:32 1485 "Okay. So now what I want you to do is talk me through the rest of your day. Try and, try not to leave out anything.”
Reply "Yeah.”
1485 "How menial it may be.”
Reply "Mm.”
1485 "If you can remember talking to anybody to the time you went to bed.”
Reply "Mm, err I think one of the things that I remember is there was difficulties you know we was trying to get the cots situation sorted out and I can’t remember, I mean I’ve thought about this when, you know because I went into Kate and Gerry’s apartment right, you know from the beginning to sort out one of the cots because I don’t think they, you know, there was a spare one they, they’d had or just to work that out, but err you know during, during the day as I say I, its such a long time ago and all I can remember is we were you know excited, we were going into one person’s apartment, having a chat and seeing where they’d been, err you know but I must admit I can’t give any detail really err regarding exactly who we chatted to or what, the rest of that day. Err you know we, you know we all went err to Millennium, again I, whether it was the Saturday night or the Sunday night I’m not, I can’t recall.”
1485 "Mm.”
00:46:51 Reply "And err you know we all, you know that was the first group meeting that we’d had all, altogether but I’m sorry I can’t really recall more.”
1485 "Mm, how long before you all went to the Millennium, I appreciate you’re all excited and, in your words, you’d gone into each others apartments, you’d gone into you know Kate and Gerry’s.”
Reply "Yeah.”
1485 "How long before you’d all sort of, all the excitement had subsided if you like before you eventually went up to, left the apartments as a group?”
Reply "Yes, I’m really sorry I can’t say exactly what time.”
1485 "No, sort of rough time.”
Reply "Rough, roughly?”
1485 "Rough sort of time span.”
Reply "Err I mean, several, it must have been several hours because the girls you know were excited, they’re playing and everything, so I, I’d say several hours but I’m sorry, I can’t say any more.”
1485 "That’s okay, if you can’t remember times…”
Reply "Yes.”
1485 "During this interview, try and refer to time spans.”
Reply "Yes.”
1485 "That might make it, that’s a more of a broader…”
Reply "Yeah.”
1485 "Spectrum isn’t it.”
Reply "Yes.”
1485 "Rather than say from four till five if you say a couple of hours, you know, that will probably help me to build a picture.”
Reply "Yes, yes.”
1485 "Of you know the chronologic in your day really.”
Reply "Yes.”
1485 "So the period of time was a couple of hours from arriving to going up to the Millennium?”
Reply "Err I’d have said something around two to three hours.”
1485 "Yeah.”
Reply "Probably, roughly.”
00:48:19 1485 "And you all went up as a group?”
Reply "Err again, as far as I can remember we were all there, you know, it just seemed like the first, as I say as far as I can remember it was the Saturday evening we all went up there err you know you want to explore as well, you know this was one of the places that we’d been told you know err would, whether there was a reception there you know and we’d been advised to go there that night you know, again I can’t remember if that was on the information advice but that’s what we, you know decided on, and err you know just to see what it was like up there and you know you want to explore what the rest of the place is like. You know you’re already thinking you know where are you gonna eat, perhaps on other nights and err things like that, err so we went up there you know as far as I can remember that night and with the, with the whole group.”
1485 "Okay. How long do you think you stayed up there? Again, no, doesn’t have to be times but more sort of time spans.”
Reply "Err I thought we were there, you know a good couple of hours, it certainly felt, you know, err around that time span.”
1485 "Mm.”
Reply "Err, yeah just working out you know where we’re gonna eat and sit, sit down there and you know think there wasn’t gonna be too many people there right at the beginning err eating in the Millennium, and err you know its like where are the high chairs its all new err get them sit down then you’re all having a good chat you know you met up and err certainly you know two hours or maybe longer.”
00:49:54 1485 "Mm, and when you finally left did everybody leave as a group? Or did you leave in dribs and drabs?”
Reply "I haven’t a clue, I really can’t recall.”
1485 "Did you go anywhere else that night?”
Reply "Err I don’t think we did no, I don’t think so.”
1485 "You didn’t go back to the Tapas bar?”
Reply "No.”
1485 "The first night.”
Reply "No.”
1485 "Okay, and during, I know you say generally speaking you were all chatting and excited about the holiday, but is there anything that stands out in your mind that you’d spoke about on that first day?”
Reply "Err, I mean, you know the fact, I think the fact that we were upstairs was you know, you know going back to my slightly embarrassing side of you know moaning so much about being together and everything and we’d ended up being put up, upstairs you know err so it you know it just felt like, you know whether I’d been opening my mouth too much and they put us you know above everyone else and whether that was perceived as any difference to the other apartments in terms of you know was it better to have a balcony upstairs and, you know.”
1485 "Mm.”
Reply "Slightly better view looking across at the sea or whatever you know...”
1485 "The rivalry crept in did it?”
00:51:18 Reply "Well not that anyone said that or anything but you just, you know again you don’t want to be, err whether they were placating us just to make, you know because I’d moaned so much.”
1485 "Yeah.”
Reply "But a, but apart from that I think you know everyone had err settled in err pretty much err we could well have had a beer in the apartment you know earlier on in the day again and you know just, I can’t remember you know exactly, but you know everyone was relatively happy and unscathed.”
1485 "Yeah.”
Reply "I think when you’re err commuting with children, flying and airports they all get very tired and grumpy and I think we all, were all quite unscathed err and we were just looking forward to the week ahead and you know what activities we were gonna do, so there was nothing really that stood out at all, no.”
1485 "Okay. Did anybody comment about the listening service that night, the first night?”
Reply "Comment? Not that I’m aware of, not that I’m aware of. Err yeah I say you know it’s a, you know it’s a reasonably sized group, you’ve got quite a lot of high chairs intermingled you know so it kind of splits the group up a bit and you know so if anyone else had that conversation then perhaps but it’s certainly something that I don’t recall. You know there certainly wasn’t you know any, I don’t think, there wasn’t certainly err a feeling of oh crikey this isn’t, err you know this is, this is not a safe place, you know as a, you know a small community you know we may have commented it’s different to err previous Mark Warner’s, whether that was that night or whether that was another night in that you know it wasn’t, you know what we’d all been on a Mark Warner before, you know we were all perhaps quite, it wasn’t quite as obvious you know as we thought that it wouldn’t be, you know like the other places, quite as self contained but there wasn’t still a feeling of err concern you know, we were, you know we were all, we were still very enthusiastic about err the holiday. I mean that wasn’t you know generally, you know if there’s something which is a miss, out of place then these things tend to get, you know mooted around the group so it wasn’t something that was you know really chatted at any great length if it was discussed at all.”
1485 "Yeah.”
00:53:53 Reply "I think the only thing that probably became apparent about the Millennium where we ate was that that was a distance away from where we were staying and in terms of you know the logistics of getting from where we were to there with the small children and you know the pushchairs when some of them were perhaps a little bit old to go in the pushchair and wanted to walk, which it was just a little bit too far for them to walk. There was the, you know, the main, there’s a main road that you had to cross over which, well it wasn’t busy busy but you know, so that was, you know if there’s any discussion I’d have said that was probably the most you know err that might have been said that night.”
1485 "Yeah.”
Reply "But I mean again, that doesn’t stand out majorly in my mind.”
1485 "Yeah, okay. So the night ended, you’ve gone back to your apartments.”
Reply "Mm.”
1485 "Anybody back to each other’s apartments or was it just general…”
Reply "(Sigh) err I’m, I’m, sorry I can’t, I just can’t recall.”
1485 "Okay, well did anybody come back to your apartment on the first night?”
Reply "Err you know, they could have done, but I can’t, I can’t recall at all.”
1485 "Okay. I forgot to ask you, could you see the Tapas bar from your balcony?”
Reply "You, you can yes, I mean there’s a, there’s a screen which is in the way err you know for a direct vision so if you were going from, from looking out from our apartment, you know you have the, obviously the gardens of the people’s apartments directly below us, then you had the alley way, then you had a bit of land, then you had the swimming pool, then a bit more land then you had the Tapas bar.”
1485 "Mm.”
Reply "But in between the pool and the Tapas bar there was some screening but you know it wasn’t to the stage that you couldn’t see through the screening. Err but to the degree of could you see who was exactly in the Tapas bar and where they were sat, it wasn’t that easy you know to make that out but you could see the Tapas area.”
00:56:03 1485 "Yeah, I mean as the crow flies, how far do you think it was from your balcony to the Tapas bar?”
Reply "Err I would have said about, about thirty metres.”
1485 "And how long would it take you to walk…”
Reply "To walk down.”
1485 "From your apartment to the Tapas?”
Reply "Okay, so I mean you, the majority was you know, you’d go down the stairs, you’d go round err through the car park, turn right, right down the road and go in through the main entrance, so you’re looking at a couple of minutes you know walk.”
1485 "Mm.”
Reply "Err from leaving the door to arriving at the Tapas bar err you know there, there’s a way you could go slightly around the side but I, you know, again in terms of time to get in, get in to the Tapas bar I don’t think it made a great deal of err difference.”
1485 "Okay. So let’s move on to the next day, your first full day which is the Sunday.”
Reply "Yeah.”
1485 "Tell me as much as you can.”
Reply "Yeah.”
1485 "From the time you got up till the time you went to bed.”
00:57:18 Reply "I think err from my point of view, you know I find it very difficult to recall the exact events you know err you know on a day to day err basis. You know I find it easier just to say generally what happened you know during the week than…”
1485 "Well the first day you would have sorted out your activities wouldn’t you?”
Reply "Yeah.”
1485 "So if that helps you…”
Reply "Yeah.”
1485 "To at least get the first day out the way.”
Reply "Yeah, err you know we, I mean the one thing that we, me and Fiona were quite keen on would be to err you know there was, on the water sports err side of things. Err we were keen to put the kids into the crèche you know for the morning, err you know we were gonna look, you know the, ours tended to sleep during the afternoon so err you know on the, again we’d have perhaps gone down to the water, you know the water sports area just to you know maybe to sign up for courses there, err as I say we were just generally interested in trying to err windsurf and perhaps go on the dinghies. Err other members of the group were really interested in you know the tennis side of things and getting the lessons but I’m really sorry I can’t remember exactly.”
00:58:37 1485 "Where did you breakfast on the first day?”
Reply "Err I mean we could you know obviously there’s the Supermarket, which wasn’t too err far away, did we all go up, I’m trying to think whether we went to the Millennium for the breakfast or whether we went to the Supermarket on the first day. I can’t remember, I’m sorry.”
Reply "Okay, and you mentioned your crèches.”
Reply "Yes.”
1485 "Did you take your…”
Reply "Yeah.”
1485 "What time would you have taken them to the crèche?”
Reply "I mean well Lily and err Scarlet you know, being the different age groups, were in different places and err Scarlet was down by the err the actual reception at the Ocean Club and err Scarlet, err Lily was up at the err Tapas bar. Err so generally Fi would take Scarlet after breakfast err which we you know we did often have. Again you know we stayed on for four weeks unfortunately after and you know we had breakfast in the apartment and it just blurs.”
1485 "Yeah.”
Reply "One into the other, whether you know we were at the Millennium but I seem to remember that we would generally go to the Millennium. There was one morning I can recollect that err you know that Kate and Gerry were walking back and found it difficult because Sean and Amelie were, as I say, in the age where they wanted to walk but it was difficult to get them and I think they were, you know generally thinking that the Millennium for breakfast wasn’t probably a particularly a good idea, which you know I think more often than not we generally ate at the Millennium, err and then after we’d eaten breakfast there which, and again I think finished at nine o’ clock, we would then, you know after we’d finished breakfast try and get them down to err you know drop them off at the Ocean Club or at the crèche by the Tapas, then you know depending on whether there was anything going on that morning from the sporting point of view then you know we’d go wherever. Err you know mixed into the melee was you know we often went in the morning to the Supermarket to do a bit of a shop and you know with a big group that we seemed to get through things pretty quickly and err so as I say I’m afraid one day does blur into another, I can’t really recall specifics.”
01:01:02 1485 "Okay. I understand that your apartment was like the meeting place.”
Reply "Yes.”
1485 "Can you recall that?”
Reply "Yes, definitely. Err you know, I, I, it just happened you know the way it happened you know people just gravitated up to err to our room err you know it’s, I suppose some part we’d got Dianne there who is fantastic at you know helping, you know it’s a free set of hands whereas you know Russ and Jane obviously they’ve got two, and we’ve got two and so you know it was good that we’ve got someone extra to help out while you know someone’s preparing the food, keep an eye on the children, err so often you know we would, you know we’d con, congregate there at lunch time and quite often if I remember Matt and Rachael would bring Grace along and you know we’d eat there together. Err a lot of the time we didn’t tend to see you know Kate and Gerry you know it was more Russell and Jane primarily I remember, and sometimes Matt and Rachael and Grace but generally err Kate and Gerry would do their own thing err you know during the day, so that’s, but they you know they would still come up you know from time to time. So it was well used at the, that first floor.”
01:02:26 1485 "Was it, I notice you say that you didn’t see much of Kate and Gerry and you that sparsely see Russell and, was it something that you discussed before the holiday that you was gonna all do your own thing in the day then just meet up for night time?”

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Reply "Err no, no it was just one of these things that you know naturally happened err I think the children, you do whatever is the easiest and you know you fall into a pattern and it just seemed, you know whenever you wanted to put your kids down or whenever they were tired or you know as I say ours slept in the afternoon but I’m, you know for example I know that Sean and Amelie didn’t you know tend to have sleeps err you know and Madeleine, during the day. So you know they, yeah their time was pretty occupied right from first thing in the morning till…”
1485 "Yeah.”
Reply "You know when they went to bed, whereas for us we had that kind of period of time where we had to be up in our room, you know to get them off to bed after and so we would, that’s why we were generally at that spot at the same time, whereas you know err whatever routine that Kate and Gerry fell into they fell into it for, you know to fit around the way that they constructed their day, err as, you know I say they, you know they were keen on the tennis side of it so that was something that they were doing err so it’s all, you know, to’ing and fro’ing, perhaps you know like Dianne one day would have a lesson, then one day err you know Jane would perhaps err play and stay with Matt and Rachael err Matt was quite keen on the water sports and Russell so perhaps some days they’d go down so it’s all very dynamic err situation. But err you know I, I suppose the other thing is you know Lily and Ella you know they’ve grown up from very little together so it was always nice for them to, to, you know to join up together and whether that was…”
1485 "Yeah.”
Reply "You know its quite subconscious things as well, they like meeting up, err during the mornings Ella you know was slightly older than Lily so she’d go to the err Ocean Club and err yeah so Lily didn’t see Ella so you know she perhaps, you know come up at that stage you know, so.”
01:04:52 1485 "So your days generally speaking were taken up by doing your own activities.”
Reply "Mm.”
1485 "And taking your children to activities then doing your water sports.”
Reply "That’s it.”
1485 "Eating and them having a sleep.”
Reply "Yes.”
1485 "Would that be the generally, I’m not gonna go through day to day…”
Reply "Yeah, yeah.”
1485 "Because you…”
Reply "I can’t.”
1485 "I get the picture what you’re saying is…”
Reply "Yeah, yeah.”
1485 "I can understand that.”
Reply "Yeah, I mean you know some days we’d perhaps go, you know as I say it wasn’t the same everyday and we’d perhaps go down to the beach you know we’d take you know go down to the beach or perhaps we’d do some water sports down there and then err Fiona would perhaps bring the kids along and we’d, you know we’d play with them on the beach and then we’d, you know we’d have something to eat err down in the restaurant at the err which looked over the beach. So, but you know large, by and large there wasn’t a great deal of variety, we didn’t say oh we’d try eating there another night or we’ll do this on err you know another night. I think you know when we ate at the Millennium on the first night we you know we’d give them, what I said before, the it’s a bit away and everything and, and I can’t remember whose idea it was but you know well we thought the Tapas bar, that’s much better why don’t we try and err book there. Err I think, I think it was Rachael, she’s very organised and err you know whether she just booked for the first night at the Tapas and then decided that she’s gonna book for subsequent nights err at the err not the main reception but the reception leading into the Tapas area, the Paul with I think the lady’s Sylvia, and so she booked the err you know from early in the morning because I think they had to get in early to make sure that you know they could guarantee, there’s only so many people who could eat there.”
1485 "Yeah.”
01:06:38 Reply "And we just thought it was much better to eat there, it was much more convenient and err you know there wasn’t the, you know you had to walk away and it just, you know seemed a much better idea doing that really but you know generally we just fell into the pattern on the whole but a slight variation of where we ate but not a great deal.”
1485 "Mm, so for the rest of the week did you, the first night was the Millennium.”
Reply "Mm.”
1485 "For the rest of the week did you then eat at the Tapas every night?”
Reply "Yes, yes. I think, yes I think you know for me, Fiona and Dianne you know we, fortunately for us, managed to be there you know every night, usually most nights there was somebody who’d been, or a child who’d been ill and you know their parents would you know stay to look after the child or you know if they’d been unwell themselves you know and didn’t, didn’t want to come out so, but we you know, we were there every night.”
1485 "Yeah. So that, it’s okay, so that first night then at the Tapas, that was obviously when this relaying came to notice where everyone was checking their children. Can you tell me about that?”
Reply "Yeah, err it’s, it’s funny in that you know you, when you’re with a group of people and you’re sat at a table, you don’t, you know you’re not always aware of you know, if it was four people sat at a table and someone goes its much more obvious you know that they’ve gone err and given the fact that we were slightly different in the way that you know we had the monitoring service, that, I didn’t quite pay attention to what everyone else was doing but they were very, you know by the conversation you know who was going, you know they were very, the other groups were very strict in the timing that they would go. Err you know the, you know the certain, you know from what I can remember there wasn’t anything longer than thirty minutes you know in between one of the couples looking after their own, and again this is only from chatting to people, not from my own recollections.”
1485 "Right.”
01:08:48 Reply "Is that they all looked after their own children, they all went to look on their own children from each of the nights but you know I was just, you know slightly oblivious to this because we’d set up ours and you know I know everyone went at some stage.”
1485 "Yeah.”
Reply "Err as I say you know err one night you know Matt wasn’t very well and you know wasn’t there, err and you know so there were some nights where you, you realised at the table that someone was, you know was missing for the full event of the evening and then you’d perhaps see someone might go, so most of the time you know people would, you know from the group someone would go at a regular interval, and you know all I can say was you know people were very strict about this and it was something that they you know, it wasn’t like ah shall we go now, you know now we’ve, nah they’ll be fine, it wasn’t you know everyone was very strict and it comes back to the, you know the Mark Warner, we were just trying to replicate what they, you know as a policy which they’ve adapted you know at their sights across Europe.”
1485 "Yeah.”
Reply "And we thought well okay if they’re not gonna do that we’ll, you know this is what we do, it’s not, not far away err so and everyone adhered, you know looked after their own children and did it very regularly. But I couldn’t say on this night this person went.”
01:10:12 1485 "Right, I’m gonna ask you that, I’m gonna ask you to try and think now, see if you can see it in your head now any occasions where you noticed say Matt had gone and then you noticed when Jane had gone, try and see it in your head and try and, it doesn’t necessarily have to be in the, I’m only interested at this moment up until Wednesday.”
Reply "Yes.”
1485 "Try and remember whether you saw specifically anything going on.”
Reply "Mm yeah, err I mean as I say I know, or, I, the big problems with err Matt he’d been unwell one night and Grace had been poorly and I think and Evie so there’d been some, you know there’d been concerns from that point of view and err so perhaps one of those, you know the adults out of the people I just mentioned would be you know away from the table but specifically who went back to look on what night and who went you know there’s no chance that I remember.”
1485 "Yeah.”
Reply "I’ve, I thought about this but I can’t, can’t recall.”
1485 "Yeah. Do you recollect, I’m just trying to pick at a loose end, but could you see your own apartment from where you were sat?”
Reply "Yes.”
1485 "And did you sit in the same seat virtually every evening?”
Reply "Err wasn’t the same seat every evening, err but I tended to sit more round one side of the table than, than the others which, you know I generally, you know if I tried to paint a picture that I was in a prime seat so I could look into my apartment every night then that wouldn’t be truthful.”
1485 "Mm.”
Reply "But err but just by where I did sit I generally could see in that direction.”
01:12:00 1485 "Right, okay. Is there anything at all that you can think might be useful leading up to Thursday, in the evenings, that you can remember now?”
Reply "Err…”
1485 "And conversation? Because I understand it was cold, rainy on a couple of days.”
Reply "Mm, mm, yes. I mean from the, you know from the, yeah it was quite cold some nights and you know perhaps nearly too cold to be sat outside err but there was certainly nothing that you know led me to any concern during that week err you know it was, you know we were all quite happy with, I say, what we were doing and err where, you know the way that we’d tackle things, it was err you know there’s nothing that in my mind worried me.”
1485 "Okay, and again going back to the daytime, in amongst your activities, because your activities, Fiona’s activities in relation to the other group’s activities, is there anything that stands out?”
Reply "Err…”
1485 "The beach?”
Reply "No, I mean we sometimes we’d, you know on the beach we’d see the Mark Warner you know see our children down there and sometimes it was you know err you’d see them playing there which was a little bit difficult because you know you didn’t want them to see you because it’d be hard on them. I often went down with Fiona, as I say we were err you know interested in the water sports side of things err and err Matt and Russell sometimes went you know they, Matt’s very good on the err catamaran and I know that Russell and Matt sometimes did that. Err and I say Kate and Gerry took, I don’t they’re particularly water sports err people, err so they, you know they weren’t interested in that side of it but you know, there was nothing really that sprung to my attention that worried me.”
01:14:27 1485 "What about, again I’m bitting and bobbing here, I’m trying to jog your memory.”
Reply "Yes I know.”
1485 "Which, you know.”
Reply "Not easy.”
1485 "When you go to dinner in the Tapas what sort of time in the evening would you go?”
Reply "Err I think it was a bit of a standing joke that we were always the last there err you know we tended to, you know we were getting later and later I think as the week went on, err you know the table I think was generally booked from about half past eight and people would arrive anything from perhaps eight o’ clock, but generally we were on the, after you know just after half past eight I’d say, you know rather than on the good side of half past eight. So you know, and err there was usually a comment when we arrived.”
1485 "What, like here they are or something?”
Reply "Here they are again, yes, kind of so err yeah obviously on, on the you know if you wanted to go onto the, the night Madeleine disappeared.”
1485 "Yeah, not yet.”
Reply "We’ll do that, yeah.”
1485 "Yeah.”
01:15:33 1485 "Okay, err so you know there’s, yeah there’s, yeah, you know, you know we chatted about it, you know the quiz night and who was there err you know I know there was the odd couple here and there on certain, different nights err I remember one night, I think it was the quiz night, there was the err the instructor who does the err pilates and the aerobics and you know was chatting with her one night err but again you know my, as for observation of what was else going around me wasn’t particularly great. Err you know Wednesday night we stayed a bit later that night err you know we, we had a drink in the bar after which was the only night that we, you know we did that, but apart from that there’s nothing else.”
1485 "When you got down to dinner most evenings, was everybody there bar yourselves, were you always the last ones?”
Reply "Err generally we were always the last there unless you know there’d been any illnesses or you know someone arrived later but as far as I remember we were always usually pretty much the last there.”
1485 "Yeah. Why were you late?”
Reply "Err we’re rubbish? I don’t know, err I think you know we, I think we, we are renowned for that, err its probably me but you know we just, in terms of efficiency of getting the kids down and you know make sure everyone’s ready in time we’re just a bit poor at doing that.”
01:17:12 1485 "And when you leave would you, how would you sort the children out?”
Reply "Yeah, I mean most nights I say we would err they would be asleep before we left. There was one night where we were quite late and they wouldn’t go down and I said oh I’ll stay up and you know I’ll keep an eye on them and wait till they’ve gone to sleep and then I’ll, I’ll come down. Err you know and again, you know I say Fi could hear the monitor quite clearly err that night and again, just another reassuring that we had that monitor. Err but yeah, apart from that I can’t, so yeah perhaps it was slightly more difficult with the two, you know our two, getting them off to sleep err you know Scarlet was err you know the youngest there so she wasn’t quite into a good pattern like the others so you know it perhaps takes a little bit longer from that point of view, but err I was just rubbish.”
1485 "Would the children always be asleep then by the time you’d left?”
Reply "Yeah, yeah. Yeah we’d certainly leave when they were asleep and I say or if they weren’t then I’d, I’d you know at that time of the night I can remember that Lily was awake and wait until she’d gone. Err but by and large I can’t remember any nights when they weren’t asleep when we went down.”
1485 "And what sort of time would you generally put them to sleep?”
Reply "Err I mean we would, so they, I mean they had the you know if they ate at the err kids club you know and again it’s just difficult what happened after, you know for the weeks after because we ate at the kids club then, did we eat before, how often did we eat, ours were a bit fussy on the eating and from what I can remember sometimes we ate you know in the, in the room, but that could’ve been mixed up with my recollections of you know what we did after. Err but that was generally around five, five thirty so we wouldn’t certainly get back to the room till six, we often went to the play area you know that seemed to be quite another time of the day where we, you know most people would be there and the children were there err you know played, sometimes you know there was a social tennis bit in the evening err certainly we tended to watch a little bit of that if we hadn’t played, you know, ourselves and then from err from there you know say right okay it’s time to go up, so perhaps you go up around six thirty, seven o’ clock, then they’d have you know the, most nights we liked to give ours baths because you know we just felt that we liked to get them into as much of a routine in a strange environment as possible. Err you know so probably we’re looking at trying to get them down about seven thirty, somewhere around there.”
01:20:00 1485 "Yeah.”
Reply "Err then started getting ready, which is usually say pretty last minute and then rush to get ready and then you know as soon as the three of us were ready then right let’s go down err perhaps the other thing was the logistics of like three people getting ready in one bathroom you know you have to wait longer, whereas the others were just two people.”
1485 "Yeah. So generally as a rule when you were ready to go, how would you leave the apartment?”
Reply "Okay, so the, you know obviously the, err the bal, err the sliding doors and the balcony were always err shut err you know the monitor was always put in the position that we’ve err you know mentioned, which is you know on the floor between the two doors. Err and Fi would, you know, generally look after the monitor err the mobile unit and err and again as far as I can recall Dianne tended to be the most reliable to look after the key. Err and then you know so the door would be locked err you know you wouldn’t be able to get in that door from the outside, in terms of the doors in the children’s bedroom we left them slightly ajar you know just again so we could hear them err the eldest, Lily’s always been used to the door being slightly open so you know if we’d have shut it she didn’t particularly like that so those doors were open. Err the shutters, yeah they, they, I can only ever remember them being down but you know obviously we spoke about this since and you know if we say perhaps during the day to let a bit of light in the room the shutters were err you know moved up, but on the whole the shutters were down err when we left. Err you know the television you know was switched off and you know there was nothing else really unique I don’t think about how we left the apartment.”
1485 "Yeah.”
01:22:03 Reply "Err I can’t, you know there’s one, you know right at the beginning I’d had the key and I’d misplaced it in my pockets or somewhere and that was the moment that Dianne took it on herself that she was gonna be, you know Dianne’s extremely good that way and probably being a mother of three very organised and so she was, you know, err then we’d go off down to the Tapas bar or you know usually the three of us together.”
1485 "Yeah. Would you have passed anybody on the way?”
Reply "Err…”
1485 "Up until Thursday.”
Reply "Up until Thursday, again you know we could well have had a conversation either with you know err Matt and Rachael or Russ and Jane you know or if their doors were open or we’d give them a knock you know and say we’re going over but again generally we were the last there but there may have been times that we just you know knocked on them just to see whether they were coming over or meet you over there but again I can’t remember.”
1485 "And what about on the actual route down to the Tapas, would you have passed any other group then?”
Reply "Err not really because, unless someone was coming back from…”
1485 "Yeah that’s what I mean.”
Reply "Err again you know I can’t remember apart from on the night you know people passing by or you know specifically.”
01:23:21 1485 "Okay. Just a general question about the resort, what was it like? Was it busy? Or you know, was there a lot of people in your, in the Ocean Club? The resort in general, was it busy?”
Reply "It did, it didn’t seem busy err at all err it, you know it seemed very quiet. The, and you know, if that wasn’t the first week you could book it was certainly the second week so it certainly hadn’t err had many people there, you know chatting to Mark Warner staff they’d not been long err you know many weeks out there preparing and you know they, so easy for them I think with the number of children that they had because it wasn’t you know anywhere near capacity err for them. If you err its you know a beautiful place, beautiful beach and you know and you expect the place is usually a lot busier than that and it you know but it certainly seemed very quiet for that time of, well not, sorry, not for that time of year but just seemed very quiet but not, you know it was understandable for that time of the year. Err you know err the err the pool area you would never see a great number of people by, by the pool, you know the water was actually quite cold, you had to be quite brave to go in the pool. You know the Tapas area itself during the daytime certainly you’d perhaps see the odd people from time to time, err but it wasn’t, it certainly wasn’t full by, you know, any capacity. Err you know and the eating in the Millennium the first night, I say I can’t recall hardly any other people being there and when we had been eating in the Tapas bar there wasn’t many couples in the evening you know so the general reflection for the whole time was err there wasn’t that many people. Err you know there was some other couples that err Kate and Gerry had you know made friends with through the err tennis you know that we got to know a little bit as well and you know you generally tend to see the same people err but yeah it was very quiet err you know it was quite windy err you know which wasn’t surprising as I say already it had been quite cold in the evening but err so that’s really my…”
1485 "Yeah.”
Reply "Recollections of what the place, how the place came across but.”
01:25:47 1485 "I think one of you commented on err England being warm while you were over there.”
Reply "Was it? Probably.”
1485 "Can you remember that?”
Reply "Err probably.”
1485 "Just have a quick check of the time. We’re gonna go for a break shortly.”
Reply "Yes.”
1485 "Alright?”
Reply "Yes.”
1485 "I’ve just gotta check, make sure I haven’t missed anything.”
Reply "Yes.”
1485 "In this first interview and then we’ll close the interview and get you drink, alright?”
Reply "Okay, that’s brilliant, thank you.”
1485 "Did you actually offer to check any of the children? I know you say that you didn’t have to check yours.”
Reply "Yeah, no I never, I never did offer to check. Err there, as much as I you know, know, knew all the children well I err I probably wouldn’t have felt, you know, bizarrely I wouldn’t have felt quite comfortable checking them, more, you know if I, if it was at home and perhaps one of the children wasn’t settling you know I’d go upstairs and go well you know could you be quiet but there I didn’t feel quite comfortable doing that, it just, you know if the child was crying or upset and not sleeping I think the first person you know at that stage probably…”
1485 "Yeah. Okay at this stage I’ve got no further questions, as I say with how, how its constructed in phases, lead you up to you know, I’m conscious I’ve led you up to the third of May.”
Reply "Right.”
1485 "Is there anything, think hard, is there anything that we’ve discussed or we haven’t discussed that you feel you ought to bring to my attention now?”
Reply "Err you know I suppose the only thing to reinforce is that you know at this stage you know we were having a very good week, you know apart from the odd illness here and there, there was just nothing upsetting the group, there was no unusual behaviour, there was nothing that was untoward about anybody there, err certainly Kate and Gerry were you know very happy, interacting well and the children were extremely happy.”
1485 "Yeah.”
01:28:39 Reply "And you know we’d fallen, as I say we did vary things slightly but we’d all fall in to pretty much you know a reasonable pattern, framework of doing things and err you know everyone was enjoying themselves.”
1485 "Yeah. Was there anybody around the resort or you know your, the Ocean Club in general that you weren’t happy with?”
Reply "Err we, you know we did obviously retrospectively question you know who’d been in, in to the resort to actually work there. They, on one of the days they had some err gardening people which we hadn’t you know seen before and we you know we just wondered, you know, after Madeleine had gone err you know who they were and what their you know validity was if you like. Err the, I know that again, you know Kate and Gerry had had problems err with I think it was the blinds in their flat and the fridge and they’d had people in err you know into the flat, you know which obviously retrospectively was a concern as well. Err yeah that, you know who were those people, had they been checked out.”
1485 "Mm.”
Reply "Err but apart from that err there was nothing else that really you know springs to mind.”
1485 "Okay. That’s it for the time being.”
Reply "Okay.”
1485 "I’ll check, once we’ve done this interview, I’ll check with my colleagues to see whether I’ve missed anything during this interview, alright?”
Reply "That’s great.”
1485 "But in the meantime I’ll stop this interview now and it’s coming up to, it’s eleven fifty four.”
01:30:31 The interview ceased at 1154 hours when the tape recorder was switched off.

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Person Interviewed: David PAYNE Number of Pages 48
Place of Interview: Force Headquarters, Enderby Signature of Interviewing
Date of Interview: 11.04.08 Officer producing exhibit
Time Commenced: 1319 hours
Time Concluded: 1459 hours Duration of Interview: 100 minutes
Interviewing Officer(s) DC 1485 MESSIAH Tape Reference nos:
Other Persons Present None

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00:00:03 1485 "Okay the video is now recording again.”
Reply "Okay.”
1485 "We’ll continue with the interview on Friday the eleventh of April two thousand eight at Leicestershire Police Force Headquarters. I make the time by my watch thirteen nineteen on that day, I’m DC Ivor MESSIAH and I’m a Detective within the Major Crime Team in Leicestershire Police. Could you tell me who you are please?”
Reply "I’m David PAYNE.”
1485 "Okay, that should suffice for the time being. Just to continue the introductions, you’re here in relation to assist Leicestershire Police as a witness into the disappearance of Madeleine MCCANN in Portugal on the third of May two thousand and seven. Is that alright?”
Reply "That’s correct.”
1485 "And we’ve already had a first interview and what we discussed in the first interview was in some depth really wasn’t it, the time that you left, or your planning of the holiday, your flight out, you know your subsequent arrival in Portugal and then we tried as best we could to go through your days from the Saturday till Thursday.”
Reply "Yes.”
1485 "Alright, what I now want you to concentrate on David is the important day really, Thursday the third of May. I want you to try and put yourself back in to that, it may help you if you think of the time when the alarm was raised, that may well bring you back to the beginning of the day and try and remember as much as you can, the time you got up, I know that you said on the first interviews that you couldn’t remember an awful lot but try as best you can to remember from say midday onwards.”
00:01:48 Reply "Mm yeah, err on that particular day err me and Fiona had you know gone down to the beach, we err took the dinghies out err as usual we went, you know we had the kids, err we had lunch err in the apartment. Err that afternoon I wanted to go down err to the Ocean, err to the beach and err you know windsurf err Matt and Russell had gone down there, they were, had taken the catamaran out. So I went down there err while Fiona and Dianne were looking after the girls in our apartment. Err I was down err windsurfing, I must have been windsurfing for a couple of hours, err saw Matt and Russ out on err the catamaran and then after we finished there we you know we met on the beach, played with the girls on the beach and then we went to the err the restaurant which is on the err overlooking the beach and you know we had err the evening meal there. Err after we had the meal we got some ice cream and then err we decided that we were gonna go up and play tennis so I left err with err Russell, we left the, err the girls at the restaurant and we went up to the, err back up to the Ocean Club. Err I, as I say I’m not sure you know what happened to Matt and Russell at that particular moment but I remember then you know I went over to see err Gerry at the err you know tennis courts, just to see you know what was happening, and err decided that we’d, you know I’d come, come back to play tennis and err Gerry had asked me just to pop in and check everything was alright err with Kate or you know again I can’t remember the exact reason whether he was just making sure it was alright that he could stay there and you know more time but you know he’d asked me to pop in. So I walked back err from the tennis courts, err back to err you know Kate and Gerry’s apartment and the time you know looking at, you know we’ve looked obviously at photographs since then and you know the time that we’ve got that I was you know going to Kate’s about six thirty, err and I went into their apartment through the patio doors. The three children were all you know dressed you know in their pyjamas, you know they looked immaculate, you know they were just like angels, they all looked so happy and well looked after and content and I said to Kate, you know it’s a bit early for the you know, for the three of them to be going to bed, she said ah they’ve had such a great time, they’re really tired and you know err so I say, you know I can’t remember exactly what, what you know the night attire, what the children were wearing but white was the predominant err colour, but you know just to reinforce they were just so happy, you know seeing you know obviously Gerry wasn’t there but they were just all, just so at peace and you know they looked like a family who’d had such a fantastic time and err yeah then I left there, went and got my stuff, went back to the tennis courts and then err there was me, Matt and Russell and I think Gerry played a little, for a little while but he decided that he’d, he’d played enough tennis for that day and err was going back and so it left with me, Russell and err Matt and err Dan who was the, the you know the tennis coach from Mark Warner. Err so we played some tennis and you know we were having a good knock and then it was getting a bit late so err we, you know we left the tennis courts, went back to our respective partners to get ready to go out, you know it was, it was, you know certainly after half past seven that we’d, you know we’d left the courts, perhaps even a bit later than that. Err when I got back err I think because Fiona had done a lot of babysitting and left me playing tennis she said well I’m gonna go for a very quick run so she went for a run on the beach, you know, err got the kids ready, bathed, got them ready for err to go to bed but again you know as we’d got back late err from the tennis courts you know the whole time err for that evening was not, you know later. And then we just got ready to go and by the time Fi had got back from the run we’d all had showers, we were all ready to go and the girls were asleep and we were happy to leave the apartment, it was you know it was sort of gone quarter to nine. Err we walked down, the three of us, err you know to the Tapas area err we bumped into Matt, he was walking err back to the apartment and err you know he was, he was, you know semi-jokingly said oh I’ve come to check because you’ve taken so long and you know which actually transpired that they were quite err getting agitated because you know the time the table was booked at half past eight and you know it was approaching nine o’ clock and you know they thought it was, it wasn’t appropriate that we weren’t there you know as early as we should have been. So then Matt carried err back, you know, to the apartment and we went to the table. Err when we sat, sat down I err sat next to Gerry and err you know of course the next few minutes just started chatting to Gerry and you know I said to him you know this is you know has been one of the best days I’ve had in a long time you know and we were just chatting about what we’d done and he was reciprocating just saying you know what, what a fantastic day they’d had, what a fantastic week it was and you know just a general consensus was that you know it was just a fantastic time. Err again I was aware that err you know that other people were leaving the table, err I know that err the, err between Russell and Jane they were leaving the table err to look after Evie. It transpired that at some stage she’d been unwell and err Evie, sorry then Russ, so Russell was basically, was missing the part of the main course and then Jane went you know and ate hers and then disappeared off to take over so we all you know I think made the same joke that Jane said oh I’ve gone to relieve you know Russell and you know that’s, and then you know I remember the other people that night you know again it’s in part of the things that we discussed after but you know I was sort of aware as well that there was, rather than all just checking on their own they were just cross-checking as well but still you know very err frequently. Err and then you know it got to obviously when Kate, Kate left, I hadn’t realised that she’d, you know, left the table again just busy chatting, then Kate came back just after ten o’ clock, you know absolutely distraught err you know just, you know her face I’ll never forget. It was a face of someone’s child who had been taken and you know and very clearly said she’s gone, she’s you know, she’s gone, you know and there was a disbelief on our face you know ah you know you must be mistaken, what, and then you know just looking at her we just all err left the table, rushed over to her and as we were walking up towards the flat she said err you know they’ve taken her and it was, you know, and I know there’s been a controversy about what was actually said but you know that is very accurately what had been said. Like I say, as I say you know you could just never forget her face and those words, and err as we were, you know, approaching their apartment I was just saying to Kate, I said well look how do you know that is the case, and err you know again I, I can’t remember the exact words then, but I was very interested in finding what the state of the apartment was like when she’d got there to see who’d left err doors open or etcetera. And from my point of view you know the things that were, I think it was really pertinent to me was that there was two, there was two gates on the back entrance from that apartment. There’s the gate which is immediately bring, you know brings you on to the err the road and then there was another child gate, that was at the top and I, you know, and given the fact that the front door was shut I was just saying well what was the state of those two gates, were those gates open when you went up or were they shut, and she was adamant that those two gates were shut. Well you know there was two possibilities, she’d either been taken or she’d wandered off, no child is gonna wander off and shut two gates behind them so at that moment I knew, although I didn’t want to believe it, but I knew that she’d been abducted. Then you know obviously pretty much I think, you know, people that pretty much the same as me you know it’s a shock, you know ah because you’re, you know, you’re still not wanting to believe what, what the obvious is and you know so we, you know we, we went, you know went to the apartment err you know and I didn’t actually enter too much into the room but I walked to the edge and you know there was, you know the twins were in their cots, err they were in you know parallel, there was you know I could see, you know I think they were much further into the room but you know I could see Madeleine’s bed and then you know it was just like all hell broke loose. You know we, you know we didn’t know what to do, we went running around you know err the safety of my own you know children, you know I started, you wanted to check that your own two are alright so I, some say I ran up to our apartment and checked they were alright. Dianne had err had said, Fiona had asked Dianne to stay at the table, at the Tapas just in case err you know Madeleine wandered by or you know and thought that was the best place and I say at some stage I went back and asked Dianne to just, could you go and stay with the children. I did a sweep of the err the pool err and the area you know immediately around err the Ocean Club, then met up with Matt and err Russell and you know I remember saying right what, you know, what we gonna do and Matt was saying right we’ve gotta try and be you know systematic here err you know, right if you, you want to go off in that area and I’ll go down to the Ocean Club reception and you know ask them to call the Police and so you know I, I started venturing up towards the err Millennium where we’d eaten and it was just so quiet and there was nothing going on that way and I just thought oh you know, and I again I was just building up hope that she’d ran off err you know I actually went on a search and I went down past the Supermarket, I went down towards the err seafront, you know went along the whole length of the err beach looking under you know err beach huts and etcetera, just you know and shouting Madeleine, any people that we saw we explained, but also in the melee there was err other people err sorry going back to the apartment so was popping in just to you know, to see what’s happening, had the Police arrived err you know just to see who was, you know, thinking that some, you know, body would take charge of the situation and err Mark Warner staff had err grouped together and they were err you know trying to help the situation. Err one of the Mark Warner err ladies was staying with, in the apartment with err with Kate, you know Fiona stayed there, there was people you know popping in and out. There was a lady I think who I believe she came from the flat who ended up, you know, coming in towards their apartment as offering help and you know the next recollection really is that you know the Police, there was two Policemen who err arrived who I believe were from the GNR, err you know it felt you know quite some time before they got there, err I think there was a language barrier, the err one of the receptionists from the Tapas area, Sylvia, she was trying, actually no it wasn’t Sylvia, it was the lady, one of the ladies who we, you know, I can’t remember her name, who was trying to communicate you know between us and we were trying to convey that she’s been abducted and we, we got a computer err printer, we’d got a picture of Madeleine so that it could be distributed as quickly as possible. We were trying to impress the importance to the, to the err two Policemen err that you know that she’d been abducted, that you need to close off all the roads and that you know, that this is an abduction and you know at that was basically the sequence of events up to that stage. Err we then you know, did some more searching, went around, you know, Mark Warner staff, went to different areas just, I didn’t know whether she’d ran off and, you know obviously nothing, you know nothing transpired and then as time lapsed then there was some Police from err Portimão arrived, two plain clothed Police, there was some other Police in the background, whether they were from Portugal I don’t know, you know they were just hanging back and then err the two Portuguese err Detectives wanted to you know have time with Kate and Gerry and just specifically question them. Err you know I made err a phone call at some stage in the evening to err Fiona’s dad back in the UK who I’ve got a lot of respect for and has given me very, a lot of very good advice because you know you certainly would never have believe that you will find yourself in a situation err like this and you know there was very able people who were there, you know. Everybody who was out there you know was very responsible and people that I would turn to but under the circumstances I don’t think anyone functions err particularly anywhere near a hundred percent and you know just looking to try and get some advice from someone outside the situation because you know we just didn’t feel that we could get this message across to err to anybody that she had been abducted.”
1485 "Yeah.”
00:17:28 Reply "Err so then you know the Police were with err you know Kate and Gerry, you know chatting to them and you know looking at the apartment, etcetera, and they, you know I felt that they had been probably around for about an hour and then Matt met up with err with Kate and Gerry after. Me and Gerry you know I’m not sure what time it was, it was you know between three and four o’ clock when, again looking for her. We went down err through past the Ocean Club reception, we went down err to the beach and in between all this you know Kate and Gerry were just breaking down you know just their behaviour was, you know was never questioned or did I ever think there was anything strange about you know their behaviour and how they would, they would act, you know in such a set of circumstances and you know Gerry’s a very stoical person and you know, I think you know its the way that he’s conducted himself over the past few months you know, and he broke down with me on the front, you know. You know just very obviously a broken man, and you know we spent some time you know, not long, I was trying my best to console him, we went back then to the err the apartment, you know it’s, by around about four, four thirty in the morning you know there was nothing else that you know that we could do. The Police had left err the twins had been, at this stage, moved into err into our apartment, and we made beds up on the floor for Kate and Gerry in our apartment and we must have, you know, err gone into bedrooms around about you know four, four thirty around that time. We err slept for a couple of hours, we woke up to find that you know Kate and Gerry had already been out looking you know err for Madeleine err and then we were obviously waiting for things to happen, you know, quite frustrated, and err you know and then certain people arrived outside again you know from, from the err Police and err at that stage err yeah I, I was talking with Robert MURAT. He was err somebody that I would not a hundred percent say that I saw the night before but there was somebody who was also err who was translating for us that evening who I you know briefly chatted to, stood next to a Policeman, that I you know thought to be Robert MURAT but I would never say conclusively that that was Robert MURAT. And then but I just said I’m not, in my mind, I’m not dealing with him I’m getting much better with the other lady you know because they were just, you know pontificating around the area and I just wanted direct answers I didn’t want someone just talking generally around the situation. And then err so there’s me and Kate, we were just waiting outside seeing what was happening and err so then as I say Robert MURAT introduced himself, he said he was err you know somebody who’s re, you know, was living out there, was originally from the UK, that he’d got a daughter who was a very similar age to Madeleine and that they looked very similar. He said that he’d been involved with something err you know major back, back home err I thought he said Norfolk but again I’m not a hundred percent sure on that, and you know at this stage, you know I, there was no, he was very over familiar and wanted to be helping the situation and that’s all I would say, I wouldn’t say any more than that. And then the err Police you know it transpired that they were going to interview us and you know so then we, we ended up going to the station. I was with Kate, err there was Gerry, err Matt, you know I can’t be a hundred percent else, sure who was there, and you know so I always spent quite a lot of time with Kate during the hours of, of err Friday and again you know everything that she was like, you know, was someone whose daughter had been taken. You know we were, and he, we were sat outside err one of the rooms err where they had err like TV footage coming in from I don’t know where, and there’s a story coming back that there had been a sighting of Madeleine at one of the petrol stations err you know Kate was eager, you know wanted to know more about, you know where have you seen her you know.”
1485 "Yeah.”
00:22:37 Reply "It was just…”
1485 "Yeah.”
Reply "It was just, you know, there was, there just no, there was nothing that she did that I thought was unlike someone who had not had their child abducted and there was everything that I’d expect to be.”
1485 "The way she reacted?”
Reply "The way she reacted err you know obviously we were, we were interviewed that, that day and you know we had very little sleep, you know we were very tired, the interviews, and that’s my real recollections of that.”
1485 "That period. Anything else?”
Reply "Err, with any specifics prompts or?”
1485 "No, just making sure that you know…”
Reply "Yeah.”
1485 "You’ve done, you’ve remembered everything you possibly can that’s all.”
Reply "Yeah. I’m sure if I chatted more to you I’d probably remember more.”
1485 "Well all I was gonna do is I was gonna go back to, I was gonna try and take you in stages through you know your recall just to see whether it could prompt anything else really, and what I want to try and do is go back to you know the Tapas bar really.”
Reply "Yes.”
1485 "Sorry, further back than that I want to go back to the beach.”
Reply "Yes.”
1485 "Because you said that you were on the beach, you was windsurfing.”
Reply "Yes.”
1485 "And you spotted Matt and Russell.”
Reply "Yes.”
1485 "On the catamaran.”
Reply "Yes.”
1485 "Something happened on the catamaran where Matt fell in.”
Reply "Yes.”
1485 "Do you know about that?”
00:24:15 Reply "Yeah I mean that was a topic of conversation that we had at the table, you know, because Matt is the experienced sailor of the two of them and err Russell err you know hadn’t done a great deal of sailing and catamarans are not particularly easy I understand err to sail and err Matt had gone overboard and Russell then had to get the catamaran back to pick him up so that was err you know a story of amusement at the table.”
1485 "Yeah.”
Reply "Err I didn’t actually see that happen you know.”
1485 "Right.”
Reply "But you know I certainly saw them out there, err on the water.”
1485 "Yeah, what sort of time, excuse me it’s getting a warm in here, what sort of time was that that you saw them?”
Reply "You know I’d say, I’d say you know roughly around three o’ clock but very roughly.”
1485 "Yeah very roughly.”
Reply "Err you know I, generally our girls slept in the afternoon say between two and four and err so that’d be the time that I’d have gone out there and I was out there for a couple of hours you know err the, I’ve done a great deal of windsurfing and you know the conditions were very good.”
1485 "Yeah.”
Reply "Err so as I say we were out there for a couple of, I was out there for a couple of hours.”
1485 "So the girls went to bed at, woke up about four, so you think it would have been after four that you’d have gone down to the beach then?”
00:25:34 Reply "Err well no because I mean like usually like while they were asleep it’s a good time to do you know activities and you know someone could stay behind, look after the children so err Fiona, and I think Dianne, had both stayed behind and you know I said well I’ll go get a, get a…”
1485 "Yeah.”
Reply "A windsurf.”
1485 "Right. So did you walk down to the beach on your own then?”
Reply "Yes, as far as I remember I think Matt and Russ had gone, gone already, gone down before me.”
1485 "And did you see anybody on your way down?”
Reply "Err…”
1485 "Your group or other?”
Reply "I can’t remember.”
1485 "And when you got down to the beach was the beach busy?”
Reply "Err not, not horrendously, no. I mean there was some other windsurfers there err you know I remember when I was out windsurfing you know seeing other people windsurfing as well.”
1485 "Yeah.”
Reply "But you know, again, it wasn’t particularly busy.”
1485 "How long do you think you stayed out there for?”
Reply "I think I was probably out there the best part of a couple of hours.”
1485 "So we’re saying around about six o’ clock ish, would that be about right?”
Reply "Err well I mean we were probably, as I say, windsurfing I was windsurfing around two to four o’ clock, then we had the girls come down so there was some playing on the beach.”
1485 "Yeah.”
Reply "Then we went for something to eat and then we left the err restaurant and err you know, I hadn’t got a watch on me, I hadn’t you know I hadn’t got a mobile, all we had was the camera which you know as I say the time on that suggests that we left the restaurant err you know after six o’ clock, so you know just working backwards…”
1485 "Yeah.”
Reply "The time that I thought we’d finished you know…”
1485 "Yeah.”
00:27:23 Reply "Water sports would be around four o’ clock, then a bit of time on the beach and then you know your meal, which would take an hour, which seems to fit in with the, you know the timescale of events.”
1485 "So who did you leave on the beach when you, when you walked up?”
Reply "When, when we left we didn’t leave from the beach we left from the err restaurant.”
1485 "The restaurant, but who did you leave at the restaurant?”
Reply "Err the, basically the err the children and the ladies that stayed behind, err just to finish off there and err and then we, you know Fiona said to me we’d better get going if you’re gonna miss all the, you know any activities err so we said right well we’ll go, we’ll get up there and you know play tennis.”
1485 "Yeah, when you say the ladies, that was Fiona and…”
Reply "Yeah, Jane and Rachael, yeah.”
1485 "Right, and the respective children?”
Reply "Yes, yes.”
1485 "Okay, and who did you walk back to the Ocean Club with?”
Reply "Err there was Russell and Matt. As I say I can’t, can’t remember what hap, whether they went, we peeled off and they carried up to the apartment and I said oh I’ll just go down to the tennis, you know, I can’t remember exactly what happened at that stage, but I know I went and spoke to Gerry.”
1485 "So on your way back what route would you take on the way back? There’s a map for this one.”
Reply "Yeah, we…”
00:28:40 1485 "Unfortunately the map doesn’t show the beach, it’ll show the proximity going back to the apartment block. Which way is the beach? If you imagine, or if you look at, that’s, there’s the Tapas.”
Reply "Yeah.”
1485 "So that would have been Kate and Gerry’s apartment.”
Reply "Yeah.”
1485 "So you’d walk round there from your Tapas, so which way would the beach be?”
Reply "Okay, so, sorry that’s the, is this the Tapas here?”
1485 "That’s the Tapas yeah.”
Reply "Yeah, so our apartments would be about here so err you know we went, crikey, the Ocean Club is there I presume, does that say Ocean Club? Yeah.”
1485 "The Ocean Club garden.”
Reply "Yeah.”
1485 "I think that’s the Ocean Club in general.”
Reply "Yeah the main reception part sorry, so we, we would walk past here, this is the Supermarket I presume, here.”
1485 "Yeah.”
Reply "You’d walk past that way. There’s err you know we’d go along past the err Ocean reception down and then there was a road which kind of like quite a steep road which had err there was a small Supermarket there.”
1485 "Yeah.”
Reply "There was err a pub there which I think was quite popular with err you know locals and holiday makers and that, that road led you right down and at the end of the road is the err restaurant. Now, you know, I wouldn’t say every time we walked back that way, there, there was another route that you, we, we cut through as well but I, I’m pretty sure that night we walked up that way and round because I know we walked past the Ocean Club.”
1485 "Yeah.”
00:30:14 Reply "But err…”
1485 "Okay, but how long would that generally take you?”
Reply "How long? Err I’d say, yeah ten fifteen minutes walk.”
1485 "So when you got back to the apartments or the complex.”
Reply "Yes.”
1485 "There’s the tennis courts there.”
Reply "Yes.”
1485 "So presumably what you’re saying is you walked up with Matt and Russell.”
Reply "Yeah, yes.”
1485 "That way.”
Reply "As far as I can remember…”
1485 "Yeah.”
Reply "That, you know, I just seemed to have got the images of walking past the reception.”
1485 "Yeah.”
Reply "Well the only way we could have walked past the reception is if we’d have gone that route.”
1485 "Yeah.”
Reply "So that’s what I’m basing my err recollection on.”
1485 "Did you go straight then to the tennis courts?”
Reply "Yes, I think I did, I think I’d gone straight there to chat with Gerry just to check that, you know, what was going on and everything and then went err went back to see Kate after.”
1485 "And what was Gerry doing?”
Reply "Err Gerry had been, you know, playing you know tennis already, he was having a good err game and I think there was you know, and there were a couple of the other tennis players who had specifically gone out there on a Mark Warner holiday to play tennis and you know Gerry was, you know, getting a lot out of the week from the tennis and made friends with those people and he was having a good game with them. Err so you know he would basically be playing tennis.”
1485 "Yeah, and at what point did you have the conversation with him? Did he stop the game or did you speak whilst he was playing?”
00:31:48 Reply "I can’t remember, I can’t remember. I, you know, in my mind, you know, he stopped playing and you know but I can’t remember if I’m perfectly honest.”
1485 "And how long did you stay and watch the game for?”
Reply "Err all I remember is I was having a, you know, a brief conversation with Gerry, err you know and then you know I went back, I didn’t actually stay there for too long because of the time, you know, was ticking by err but again these are, you know…”
1485 "Afterwards.”
Reply "Yeah, recollections rather than you know whether there was anything in between, there could well have been.”
1485 "Yeah.”
Reply "So where were you going then? Presumably you weren’t going to play tennis were you? When you left the beach, what was…”
Reply "Yeah, oh yes that was always the intention and that’s what Fiona was saying, look if you’re actually gonna do anything tonight you’d better get yourselves up there and it’s getting quite late so that was, you know, that’s the reason we’d all gone ahead because we waited till the children had finished eating and err got in the prams and got up there, you know it takes another five ten minutes on top walking back with them, err then you know we’d have lost the opportunity. Err again, presuming that you know the tennis was usually around six thirty, that if you know, if we’re leaving the restaurant you know, quarter past six or whatever, around that time, that you know if we’d leave it much longer with it taking ten minutes or whatever to walk up just to start the tennis at half six, you know we were already cutting it fine and I think as it transpired we were playing tennis till you know even beyond there, it was quarter to seven, or around then and err you know if we’d have left it much later then we just thought well it’s gonna finish, so.”
00:33:29 1485 "Right, were you going for a lesson or were you actually going to play?”
Reply "We were gonna play, there was obviously me, Matt and Russ, and Gerry was making up the four, fourth err person.”
1485 "But he was already playing?”
Reply "Yeah he’d already been playing and that’s partly the reason that he kind of like threw in the towel early and said ah you know I’ve had, enough’s enough, I’ve had a good day and err but then we managed to get Dan, the pro, just to play a bit with us err you know so that made up the four ball err just for a little while.”
1485 "So your four…”
Reply "Yeah.”
1485 "Was yourself, Matt, Russell and…”
Reply "Well it started off with Gerry and we had a bit with him and then Dan played a bit.”
1485 "And Dan, Dan replaced Gerry then did he?”
Reply "Yeah.”
1485 "How far through the game was that?”
Reply "I can’t remember.”
1485 "Sets wise?”
Reply "Err you know whether we played one, you know again this is just, yeah usually we’d play a set and then change over so most likely it would be Gerry played a set and then left, that was most likely how it happened.”
1485 "Okay, and it was at what point that Gerry said to you go and, would you mind checking at Kate?”
Reply "Well I mean coming back from the beach I’d got no equipment to play tennis you know, etcetera, so I had to go back to my room to you know change into stuff appropriate for playing tennis in, and err so he knew that I’d walk up that by and past so he said oh why don’t you err, you know can you just pop in on the way, the way up, so it was on the way back from me picking the stuff up.”
1485 "Right, so you’ve walked past, you’ve walked past Gerry’s apartment to get to yours.”
Reply "Mm.”
1485 "Got changed?”
Reply "No, you know it was, again whether it was, in my mind it was on the way up that I’d popped in to Kate but it could have been on the way back, again, I’m sorry.”
1485 "No, it’s okay.”
Reply "For my vagueness.”
00:35:21 1485 "But either way you’d have had to walk past because you go the roadside don’t you?”
Reply "Yeah.”
1485 "So you’d have had to walk past Gerry’s…”
Reply "Yeah.”
1485 "Front door twice wouldn’t you?”
Reply "Yeah.”
1485 "Is that right?”
Reply "So, the reason why I think it was more likely that I did it on the way there was because I’ve called in through the err patio, it kind of made more sense that I’d have walked in through the gate and then up through the you know where the sliding doors are to say I’m here, rather than going up to my apartment, coming back down, coming past the apartment and then coming in the sliding doors.”
1485 "Yeah.”
Reply "Because what I would have done is I’d have got changed and gone downstairs and then knocked on the front door because that, you know that would have made more sense rather than going all the way round and…”
1485 "Yeah, course.”
Reply "So that’s in my mind why it makes more sense that it was, that that was on the way up.”
1485 "Right, so how long did you spend in your apartment before, I know you, I appreciate that you can’t recall whether it’s going or coming.”
Reply "Yeah.”
1485 "The likelihood is that it’s on the way.”
Reply "Yeah.”
1485 "How long did you spend in your apartment?”
00:36:24 Reply "I mean again, we’ve you know, we’ve chatted about the timings and everything and you know looked at the photographs and you know, you know we were leaving about quarter past six from the err restaurant, we’d gotta walk up there, ten, fifteen minutes, conversation with Gerry, conversation with Kate, you know that’s another five, ten minutes on to your ten, fifteen minutes walk so you’re talking twenty five minutes, so that’s taken you to twenty five to, twenty to seven, well you know we were certainly playing tennis for a, you know the best part of an hour err so you know it couldn’t have been long that I was in the apartment, you know a matter of minutes.”
1485 "Yeah.”
Reply "You know just to pick the kit up and, and then go back down really.”
1485 "Did you have your own racquet?”
Reply "I didn’t, no, I was using the, err Mark Warner’s racquets.”
1485 "Mark Warner’s, okay. I just want to revisit the going and seeing Kate before we move on.”
Reply "Mm.”
1485 "Alright, and the reason why I’ve kept it separate is because I want you to just think now.”
Reply "Mm.”
1485 "And imagine, remember what you saw.”
Reply "Mm.”
1485 "Did you open the door, slid door? Or was it already open? Or…”
Reply "Err I think it was already open, I think it was already open. Err you know, as I say, I walked up there, Kate was you know I say looking very relaxed and err I say a comment to her I said well crikey it’s early, early for them to be getting ready you know for bed, as I say she said ah no, I’ve had such a good, you know such a good day and afternoon err so you know, and Gerry’s just obviously finishing off playing tennis and err so you know hopefully try and get them down and as I say we were just, you know I, I know, it does sound bizarre but I just looked at the three of them and I couldn’t, you know they were just so well presented and so clean and immaculate it was, you know I was, and you know they just looked such healthy children, err you know, there’s, there’s you know nothing that normally…”
1485 "Yeah.”
00:38:36 Reply "Triggers in my mind like that but it was just how well that they looked and err…”
1485 "Try to remember where in, where they were in the apartment.”

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Reply "Err, I mean the, the time that I was there err you know all, all of them err all the children and Kate were in the, err as soon as you go through the patio doors err you know they were all in the immediate area you know in front of you, err that was the area that they generally, you know when I saw them, so I didn’t, no I didn’t go any further into the apartment, you know it was just a conversation that I like, you know walked into the, you know through the French doors, I went into the lounge err you know the open plan area and err you know just had a brief conversation, you know things started off by as I say, saying about the, how well they looked and you know, it’s early to get them ready for bed and then I said oh Gerry’s, you know just finished over there, we’re going over to play a bit of tennis, err I probably said is there any problems with that and she said ah no, no fine, you know carry on, and err you know perhaps a bit more of a conversation err but you know it, it wasn’t many minutes that I was, was there.”
1485 "Yeah.”
00:39:55 Reply "But err certainly enough time just to see, you know, certainly the apartment, there was nothing that was untoward, that was you know err the children all looked extremely happy, there was no, you know signs of any problems with err you know Kate, you know or indeed the relationship that Kate had got with any of the three children. None of the children had been told off, none of the children looked like they were you know in trouble for anything, you know they were err still all talking and playing around. Err so you know it was just a very err transient you know that I’d gone in there, but as I say it just struck me how well they all looked.”
1485 "Yeah.”
Reply "And content I suppose is the other word to use.”
1485 "Did you actually go into the apartment?”
Reply "I did.”
1485 "Or did you do the conversation from the door?”
Reply "No, definitely was inside the apartment, you know whether it be two or three steps into the apartment or you know however many, but I was definitely in the apartment.”
00:41:00 1485 "Okay, so now what I’m gonna try and ask you to recollect, what everybody was wearing.”
Reply "I’m afraid that is, you know I’m, I cannot recall at all. I know that’s, you’d think that’d be an obvious thing to remember, I cannot remember. As I say the, from the children point of view predominantly I can remember the, you know, white, but I couldn’t say exactly what they were wearing. Err…”
1485 "But could you remember what Kate was wearing for example?”
Reply "I can’t, no.”
1485 "And did you actually set eyes on each individual child?”
Reply "All three children I saw, yeah.”
1485 "And were they standing up? Sitting down?”
Reply "Err they were generally standing up, yeah.”
1485 "Did they actually acknowledge you?”
Reply "Err oh yeah, you know I’m very sure that if you’d have asked them, you know that evening or the next day they’d all say ah yeah, I popped in. You know I, you know I did know the children very well, we’d all you know, met up many times before err you know I, you know again I’d be playing with Madeleine you know in the, err the play area err you know during that week, you know lifting her up, twizzing her round and everything, I knew her that well, you know, to do that, and as I say err she’d definitely know who I was and certainly, as I say, just to reinforce that she looked very happy.”
1485 "Yeah. Was that the last time you saw Madeleine?”
00:42:39 Reply "It was.”
1485 "How many minutes, you said as a matter of minutes and then you went back and then you played tennis.”
Reply "Mm.”
1485 "I’m gonna pin you down and ask you how long you think you were in there for. I know you say minutes.”
Reply "In their apartment, it, it, I’d say three minutes, five maximum.”
1485 "Three to five?”
Reply "Yeah.”
1485 "So then you step back out, did you leave the doors open or did you close them?”
Reply "Err I couldn’t remember. You know, again, I’ve got the, in my mind that the doors were open when I went in and I probably would have just walked out back that way, you know, it still, I mean it’s still relatively nice outside, it was light and everything so err you know I, I, whether they kept the door open it’s just nice when it’s the end of the evening you know, sorry, you know the end of the afternoon, but if I’m perfectly honest the answer to that question is I can’t remember.”
1485 "Okay. So then you went back and then you played, you played a game for about an hour?”
Reply "Yeah.”
1485 "You think from seven, from about seven till about eight?”
Reply "Yeah, I mean it must, I mean it was before, I mean we got back before eight o’ clock err you know so perhaps just before seven, err sorry, err yeah just before seven so it was just before eight o’ clock. As I say when I got back I think I was cutting it fine and Fiona was still keen to go for a run and we started to get everyone ready for bed.”
1485 "Yeah.”
Reply "And err so it was, as I say, about an hour but certainly we’d finished before eight o’ clock.”
00:44:18 1485 "Okay, and when you finished, I’m just trying to put this in order here, when you actually, when you finished and you went back to the apartment, did you say anything to Gerry about, about the fact that his family were fine? Or…”
Reply "Yeah, err yeah, I haven’t mentioned this before, but yes, yeah I’d certainly, when we met up I said oh yeah, you know everything’s fine there, you know probably along the lines of you know you’ve got a bit more of a free pass you know you can carry on for a bit longer, Kate’s fine without everyone you know all the children are, are happy, there’s no difficulties with bath time or anything so you know, without actually saying all that just conveying to him that you know I don’t think you need to err rush back, you’ve got a free pass for a bit longer.”
1485 "Alright.”
Reply "Err yeah.”
1485 "So was that as soon as you got back to the, to the tennis courts?”
Reply "Yeah that would have been when we got back.”
1485 "When you got back to the tennis courts as opposed to at the end of the tennis session.”
Reply "Yeah, yeah, yeah.”
1485 "Okay, and was he fine with that?”
Reply "Yeah, yeah, yeah. I mean, again, you know it’s difficult with cameras and everything, you don’t want to sound (inaudible) or anything, but you know he’s a very sorted person, a very caring person and that’s the kind of thing, you know he’s very organised.”
1485 "Yeah.”
Reply "And you know he will make sure everything’s fine and sorted before you know the, the, he’d carry on and do something for his own benefit if you like. So you know he was certainly one to, he would have wanted to know before you know continuing.”
00:45:45 1485 "Okay. We’ve talked, you’ve talked about you know, you’ve gone back and you’ve got ready and Fiona’s gone for a run. I’ll move on to, you know, the time that, because you’d already discussed about going, leaving the apartment, the, you know, the situation how you’d left your doors and you know.”
Reply "Mm, yes.”
1485 "The intercom and all the rest of it. I’m just gonna move on to when you actually got to the Tapas, you said that you passed Matt on the way down.”
Reply "Mm.”
1485 "Whereabouts did you pass him?”
Reply "Err…”
1485 "Can you mark, just…”
Reply "Yeah, the err where’s, this is the entrance here into the Tapas area.”
1485 "Yeah.”
Reply "Err my recollection was that we were just got, you know we were round there, I thought we’d actually entered into the Tapas bar to just…”
1485 "Actually into the complex?”
Reply "Just, just into the complex, but certainly we hadn’t made it yet to the swimming pool but it was just, just about there.”
1485 "Okay.”
Reply "Err yeah.”
00:46:42 1485 "And what time do you think that was?”
Reply "Err we were, we were just before nine, you know just before nine o’ clock err we yeah we went between quarter to and nine o’ clock.”
1485 "And then you sat down, after the comments of course that you…”
Reply "Yes, yeah.”
1485 "Who was there when you got, when you got to the table?”
Reply "Err well, as I say, Gerry was sat next to me, err on my left, and then there was this choice of where Dianne was gonna sit with err, err Matt and err Russell, so those people had to be there, Kate was obviously there, Fiona had walked down with, as well, and err and as for Rachael and Jane I, I cannot say a hundred percent that they were there.”
1485 "What was Gerry doing when you got there?”
Reply "Err I, again my recollection is we sat down and I just started talking to him, but I’m not sure whether that is entirely correct, whether he was having a conversation with somebody else before and then you know I just started talking but my recollection we started, you know, not far after we’d sat down we just started talking and you know, and I say we were just saying, you know what we’d both done and what a fantastic day that we’d had err you know and I know beyond the call of this interview but you know I’d had a lot of stress you know with work and over the last few years and you know it’s, it’s you know two, two young children it’s not been a particularly easy time and you know and for me that was the first day in many, many a month that I’d really enjoyed it and then Gerry had reciprocated and said we also had one of the best days that we’d had in many, many a month. You know that is my recollection of the first thing that happened on that table, but just, whether its because it was such a positive conversation that we’d had, which override the fact that there was other things that had happened before I wouldn’t like to say but in my mind that was the first thing that had happened.”
1485 "Yeah. So did you notice that he got up to go and check Madeleine, or to check his children?”
00:49:10 Reply "Yeah, I mean I, you know I know the people who left the table but I couldn’t tell you what order they left in and I couldn’t tell you what the time is that they left. You know, people have chatted about it, you know we’ve read about it and I’m not prepared to say well I think this is what happened because I’m sure my view’s been tainted by, you know, what we’ve read and what we’ve seen.”
1485 "Yeah.”
Reply "Err but you know I’m, you know it’s, I knew that Russell, you know had had problems because Evie had been ill and he, you know, had left the table you know for err, err quite a few minutes because you know he was having to, you know he came back saying oh he’s had to clean the sheets and she’d been sick and everything and then there was the issue of the err them bringing out his food and they had to re-cook him, you know another meal and then Jane had quickly eaten her meal you know so that she could then leave the table so those things you know, I’m sure, you know, I know happened and unfortunately I can’t be any more helpful in saying this was the time, this is how long they were gone for. Err yeah I know that Gerry left the table, you know, I can remember him, I remember him coming back to say well you know, he wasn’t left, you know he didn’t leave at you know an unreasonable amount of time, it didn’t seem that he was away for particularly long, you know he did make some comment, which I know that if someone else was hearing as a group had said yeah, I’ll say yeah you know that’s what he said, but I can’t remember err entirely, but err you know, the, the conversation at the table in terms of other people leaving and looking at the children was along the lines of you know that it, and again it transpired later that I, that other people were look, you know were popping in as an extra addition to what other people were generally doing in terms of looking after the err children and err you know when Matt came back I remember him saying to somebody oh yeah I’ve looked at, you know and they’re fine you know and that was the way that the other families were, were working it. Err so, you know, apart from Russell who was away a little bit longer because you know what I’ve just explained before, everyone tended to walk up there, then walk back in a time which you would expect them to walk, walk up to the apartment and you know there was no long gaps between anything which you know wasn’t you know explained. Err, so yeah.”
00:51:35 1485 "Do you recall Gerry coming back from his turn and then commenting about speaking to Gez?”
Reply "Err I, you know again, I think I do, and I know that sounds very vague but you know again, just on the context of you know what, what’s been said about the conversation with Gez and this is a very important part of the story, it’s just difficult to say what you, you know what you believe to have happened and what you’ve read has happened.”
1485 "Yeah.”
Reply "But I, you know I do remember some, something along the lines that he’d had a conversation err with Gez but again you know if you’re chatting to someone else and you just perhaps hear something at, at the side, err or you just look up and listen to a bit and then you move onto the conversation.”
1485 "Yeah.”
Reply "Err but some, yeah.”
1485 "Do you recall Jane coming back from her trip? From her visit if you like, shortly after Gerry had come back.”
Reply "I don’t know.”
00:52:39 1485 "And is there anything that sticks in your mind in relation to what anybody’s said when they’d come, apart from the one or two people saying everything’s fine, was there anything else that you can think of that anybody said anything?”
Reply "Err I mean there was nothing you know, I mean, I mean when obviously Russell came back and explained what had gone on and you know with, with Evie, err Matt, you know, had come back and you know said everything’s fine. Err Gerry, you know I, as I say, I think he, I heard him mention that he’d spoken to someone on the way back and I’m not sure if people triggered my memory of that I could get that, that’s it. When Jane came back there was certainly nothing that she said that err you know led us to be worried at that particular stage, you know, the conversation was, was again, was you know oh Evie’s okay and it was a sort of shame that they you know, the situation there with Evie. Err and you know the, the jokes that have been going on earlier and err you know just, yeah generally nothing, nothing really stood out...”
1485 "Yeah.”
Reply "Had happened, err there was, you know nothing.”
00:54:03 1485 "The fact that Jane had come back having seen a male carrying a child.”
Reply "Mm.”
1485 "Could you introduce that within your recollection?”
Reply "I can, err it was never mentioned at that table when she came back, err when we went, you know, looking for Madeleine after err Fiona told me that she’d, you know, mentioned this to Fiona and you know so it’s, obviously Fiona’s statement’s probably more important from this point of view exactly what she said about it.”
1485 "Yeah, yeah.”
Reply "But I know from Fiona that this was mentioned and I think it was in the context that she was really worried saying anything to Kate to, to upset her which you know looking from, from people observing out, in at this, they’ll probably think well hang on, you think that someone’s just seen, but you know, again, it was a, a resort where there was a lot of children around err very, it’s a small friendly place and she just thought it was one of the parents who you know was perhaps, you know they’d be staying in one apartment and were transferring their child back to another apartment.”
1485 "Yeah.”
Reply "And really didn’t think twice about it at the time and that’s why it wasn’t mentioned then. But she definitely mentioned it to me you know after Madeleine had been abducted and you know on the, the following day before she’d actually mentioned it to Kate and there was a, a newspaper report, I think it was in the Telegraph err certainly one of the newspapers anyway, that was sort of describing err Madeleine’s pyjamas and, and err Jane said that’s not right, how did they get that, well she said you know, that in, I don’t know how they get that information anyway, my recollections were this was what she was wearing and described it you know differently you know to what the, the, the press had, and that was before she’d even seen Kate so you know, the strength of that argument is just absolutely overwhelming, you know given the time frame err you know of when Madeleine must have gone, gone, that you know and for her to have described in detail the pull ups at the bottom of the pyjamas err you know the colours, you know and the timing is just, you know well, so.”
00:56:37 1485 "How did she describe the child to you?”
Reply "Err, the, from, again my, my recollection was more about the, the description of the pyjamas not fitting in with the description of the newspaper and if I was to say that she was carrying the child you know like this, rather than like, like that then, you know because again this is something that we’ve talked about, you know, if she was abducted, you know, sorry if you were carrying your own child any distance, to actually carry a child like so is, it’s hard work. You know, it’s much easier to carry a child like this and it’s easier to keep them asleep and support their head etcetera. So yeah that’s something we’ve chatted about since and you know I could say oh yes I’m a hundred percent sure she said that, that they were carrying the child like that, but I, again, I wouldn’t be, be accurate. All I can say is accurately I remember there was a, the err the discrepancy with the pyjamas and that, you know, and then she kept coming back to the turn ups which you know, which is very unique about the err you know, the pyjamas so that was, you know, you’re in shock, you can’t believe what’s happened, you know, you’re, you’re ninety nine, point nine, nine, nine percent sure that this is what’s happened but you’re still not wanting to believe what’s happened.”
1485 "Yeah.”
Reply "But you know and then you’re looking for information to, to try and fit in with what you thinks happened and then you know when, when we knew that we just thought, you know, that is it, that is who’s taken her. Err you know and again, just for the record, I mean Jane, I’ve known Jane for a few years, you know, she’s an extremely strong character, she’s you know very reliable and you know she speaks her own mind and you know, and if that’s what she has seen then you know I’m a hundred percent sure that that’s what she’s seen.”
00:58:41 1485 "Okay. Just in relation to, the reason why I ask you that is because Jane has saw what she’s saw and then she’s come back to the table and then you know one of the points I was trying to raise with you as well was did you notice anything different in her demeanour throughout the rest of the evening before Kate raised the alarm?”
Reply "Err not, not really I mean, as I say my general feeling was about the problems that they were having you know, it’s difficult, you know err one of them was there and then the other one was going and err you know just the logistics of the situation, you know where I was actually sat, I wasn’t directly sat in a position that I was probably gonna chat to Jane therefore you know, the people who were immediately round me were the people more likely I’d chat to rather than chatting across, you know, quite a reasonable size table. Err so I don’t, you know I don’t really think, you know I, I noticed anything different about Jane but whether, you know, there was or there wasn’t perhaps I wasn’t in the best position there to, to comment that, as I say my recollections were more of the logistics, apart from with Evie not being well.”
1485 "Yeah. Right, and again you’ve discussed what happened once Kate had turned up and the exact words that Kate had said.”
Reply "Mm.”
1485 "Once the alarm had been raised you said that you all got up and its, with the exception of Dianne, everybody ran to the assistance.”
Reply "Yeah.”
1485 "Exactly what did you do?”
Reply "Err we, you know, we ran up err to the apartment, you know, with, with err you know Kate and Gerry err and you know for me, I just wanted to know, as I say, about the access to the apartment, were those gates open, err because in my mind was that if the front door was shut there was no, you know there won’t be, you know there was no way that she could have wandered out that way and nor would they have gained access in that way. Err also obviously the, the, the issue with the, the shutters had been raised, was brought up err you know on the way up as well and then I was asking about the gates being shut at that back and she said well both gates you know were shut, so in my mind, you know, that had ruled it out that Madeleine had err had wandered off. Err you know, Madeleine’s err, you know, was a very bright child and you know it would just seem so inconceivable that she would have wandered off you know, especially you know, when she was sleepy you know, we put that argument forward, but then you know sleeping chil, sleepy children you know don’t put, shut the doors you know behind them and child gates, you know, so, so that was my initial thoughts err and again you know we, we, I’m sure we went into the apartment, just looked and you know, incredulously you know well where, err where could she be, you know, you know we just looked in the obvious err places and then err you know obviously Kate and Gerry were just completely, you know, hysterical err you know at this stage. Err and then we just, you know then we went to do the sweeps around the place and I said, as I said before, I went up to look at our apartment to check, check the girls were alright and you know, and the actual order that this all happened, you know, it’s just err a complete eye opener up for us to see you know what other unfor, unfortunate people have been through just to what a destabilising effect, you know, that circumstances has on you or, and you know I, I think most people had a, you know, idea of, pretty exactly what happened that day leaving but you know after that I think people find it really difficult generally to say exactly what they did and when. Err but as I say we went err we went to the apartment and had a look round and then err I had a look quite earlier on to see err whether the, err girls were alright. I then at some stage went back to see Dianne and say look can you just leave the table, just go back to the apartment and then I had the sweep around the swimming pool where the, err the kiddies pool is, I went to, I just had a quick look at the tennis courts and just basically swept around the, the area just to make, make sure you know that, ah this can’t, can’t be what’s happened, she must have you know, you just don’t want to weigh up that option, it just wasn’t an option that could have happened but you knew it had happened and err, and then as I say we spoke, me, Matt and Russell, right come on we’ve got to have a bit more structure to this, err you know, I’ll, I’ll you know so he went off down to the Police Station and you know, you know we waited as I say for the Police to arrive and we, our, I think it was in between them arriving or when they arrived that I then went down and did that sweep of you know, right down past the Supermarket err going slightly to the side and then onto the front past where the church is at the bottom. I looked, you know I say I looked in all the rocks and you know just went along the whole beach shouting out and identifying people. Err the, I say, the Mark Warner people they were around there, we, you know as I say we also at a very early stage we knew it was important that we got a picture of Madeleine just to show people, whether it be local, but, but we were also imploring the err the GNR to you know close down and circulate this picture, err and that was, you know that was something that Mark Warner team helped us set up just in the, you know the Tapas bit there.”
1485 "Yeah.”
01:04:57 Reply "Err then we were popping in and out of the apartment err you know having conversations with Kate and Gerry and err you know they were in communication with people back home err you know Gerry was you know speaking to family, they were chatting to err Paul’s the priest who married them and Kate was chatting to her mum you know err and it was just all kicking off around really.”
1485 "You know when you went into their apartment, what was the scene like? I mean where was Kate and Gerry?”
Reply "Err (sighs) I mean with, with err, you know I, Kate’s obviously very good friends with err Fiona and I’m, you know, very good friends with Gerry so more likely I’d have probably been with Gerry going through the options of what happened, or you know where could she be and what, what’s gone on here. Err you know trying to work out err what had actually happened err so I, I, you know we all went up to the apartment pretty much together. I think, I don’t know what, whether the other people came in or not, I can only remember me, Fiona, Kate and Gerry predominantly and the err lady from Mark Warner err who were the main people who were in the apartment. Err yeah I certainly went into err the doorway of that, the room where all the children were staying you know and Sean and Amelie were still you know sleeping, err you know and this is something that’s, you know, we’ve all kind of discussed you know amongst all the melee that was kicking off they were just sleeping so, you know, contently. Err and then you know the other area, the other areas I remember going into Kate and Gerry’s err bedroom with Gerry and he’d perhaps you know fling a cupboard open and just have a look and, ah you know and just shut the door and you know in a vein, desperate hope that she might have been err you know in, in the wardrobe or something, and then he, you know flung him, flung himself on the floor and just you know kicking the floor and just with, you know, she’s gone, she’s gone, err and then as I say, I, I, after that I can’t really say exactly, you know. We kept meeting up at stages in the evening to, to try and appraise the situation and you know what shall we do, err.”
01:07:44 1485 "Did you hear Kate say to Gerry they’ve let her down?”
Reply "Err, it’s a comment that I’ve heard her say since and you know, I can’t say that I specifically heard her say it that night. Err but you know, so many emotions are flying through your mind at that stage and you know certainly guilt was going through you know their mind, err because it, you know, everyone was like questioning themselves, you know, about you know what had happened and you know I know that she certainly was, those comments that she made along the lines of guilt for err you know, you know not being there for her, without a doubt, but specifically that phrase I wouldn’t, you know I can’t recall her saying that but again, it’s just a general underlying you know nature of what she was saying but it was along the lines that she, you know she had let her down, that you know when she, err again whether it was that night or another night she said well you know when she needed us we weren’t there for her, you know and that was, you know the general kind of things that she was implying.”
1485 "Yeah, did she say that on the night then?”
01:09:04 Reply "Err I say I don’t know, I know that she said those things.”
1485 "Yeah.”
Reply "Or implied those things but I can’t tell you exactly what the phrases were that she used but you know she felt that they weren’t there for the biggest time in her life when they needed her.”
1485 "Yeah. Did Fiona tell you that Kate had told her that Madeleine had woke up the night before?”
Reply "Yeah.”
1485 "On that night?”
Reply "Err I’m sure Fiona did tell me that night err and said that you know she’d had a, a, you know that Madeleine had you know woke, had been crying the night before and err you know this was just, and that she’d mentioned it to her and you know do you think we should be doing anything err differently, err and you know Fiona mentioned that conversation and I’m sure, I’m pretty sure it was that night err that she brought it up. Err its, you know I, do you try and make people feel better because you think, you know, who, who in the world would have thought this would have happened to anyone, you know, it just doesn’t happen to you.”
1485 "Yeah.”
Reply "Certainly and you know the last case of a child going missing like this was you know ten years plus, you know, in Corfu, and so you know when, when your child’s been crying, whether they you know they’ve have a bad nightmare or you know they’ve, you know they’ve perhaps have had a dream and they’re crying a bit and you try and you know, and that’s what you know we were saying to Kate really, you know those were the things that go through your mind.”
1485 "Yeah.”
Reply "Rather than think ah well perhaps someone’s tried to get into the apartment, you know, but then you look back and then the enormity of what you said does, you know gain momentum. Err that’s it.”
01:11:09 1485 "What I’ve got here is a few questions from the PJ’S because they wanted us to ask you…”
Reply "Yes.”
1485 "A series of questions and there may well be duplication of what you’ve said but please bare with me.”
Reply "Okay.”
1485 "Alright?”
Reply "Yes.”
1485 "Now you’ve answered the first one, it says what time did you return to the beach club on May the third as you were coming from the beach?”
Reply "Right.”
1485 "So that’s where you said that you come from the restaurant.”
Reply "Yeah, yeah we’d come from the restaurant on the beach and as I say we left there about eighteen fifteen, err at that time.”
1485 "And where did you go?”
Reply "We went, I, I went up err went to see Gerry at the tennis courts.”
1485 "So you were at the tennis courts, who did you talk to?”
Reply "Err just Gerry pretty much, you know, whether I made comment to anyone else I don’t remember that, just, I just remember I talked to Gerry.”
1485 "Okay, did you go to the MCCANN family apartment between six and seven? Well, yes you did.”
Reply "Mm.”
1485 "And if yes, why? You’ve already said that. Which route did you take? You told me that. Time? You’ve told me that. Did you enter the apartment? You’ve told me that. Who did you talk to? You’ve told me that. Did you talk to Kate? You’ve told me that. Did you notice anything unusual?”
Reply "No, definitely not. It was err pretty much what I would expect, you know, go into the apartment, there was certainly no atmosphere, there was nothing, no disquiet between the children or Kate, you know it was just very normal, just happy children playing and ready for bed.”
01:12:53 1485 "How long did the conversation take? Well you said between three and five minutes. Did you see the children? Well yes you did, you’ve said that, including Madeleine. What were the children doing? Well you’ve said that they were just standing around.”
Reply "Mm, I mean they were interacting, playing a bit and you know they’re looking at me and perhaps have a, you know, but certainly…”
1485 "Yeah.”
Reply "Behaving normally for kids at that age.”
1485 "As the person who organised this trip were you aware of the baby listening service? Well yes you were, but we discussed that a bit earlier didn’t we.”
Reply "Yes.”
1485 "Was this available at night? Was it, could you remember what it…”
Reply "Well the, the, the point, the, the service that they, they offered there which was different to the other Mark Warner’s was that they had a, a drop-in err centre for want of a better description err for the evening. So if you wanted to go out for a meal you would take your child down to err the, the reception, you know, there’s an area down there you know specific for that where they’d have the, the nannies who would keep an eye on your children. You could go and have something to eat and then you go and pick your child up err after. This, it comes back to pretty much, you know, we’d gone there you know with the same kind of, originally we were hoping that it would be someone knocking the door, listening at the door and everything’s quiet and then move, moving on and that’s what we’d gone with the, think it would be. I did know before I went on the holiday that that wasn’t what it was going to be but we’d gone on there adopting that that’s you know how we were gonna most likely do it, well that was one of the options anyway depending on where the apartments were and everything. Now where the, where the drop-in err crèche in the evening was, was you know it was a, you know a fair distance you know from where we were staying err you know so, you know it wasn’t certainly where you ate down there and our, our complex or our apartments was quite a bit away so it was nothing that we’d really entertain. Secondly, all the children are, are you know very young and wouldn’t, would be sleeping at that time so it wasn’t something that we wanted to use because of the children, you know we’d want them to be sleeping and we, you know they wouldn’t sleep particularly well down there and you know we thought what we were doing obviously was, you know…”
1485 "Yeah.”
01:15:14 Reply "Was, was err reasonable. We were checking the children more often than, than Mark Warner would do, not only were they, it wasn’t just a listening outside the door, people were going in and checking the children so from that perspective we felt we were doing more than they normally would do. Err so from that point of view you know it, it was, you know, a bit of a, not say inconvenience isn’t the right word, but we were, you know we knew what we going, what, what it was going to be like when we got there and we thought what we were doing was, was more than adequate than a lot of the Mark Warner centres across Europe do.”
1485 "Yeah.”
Reply "So err you know we were aware there was a crèche there but just for the reasons that I’ve just said that’s why we didn’t use it, so err you know and I know that’s something that’s been picked up in the press and obviously Mark Warner you know they want to put across that you know there, there is that option for people if they were to go to that Mark Warner resort.”
1485 "Yeah.”
Reply "But, but you know.”
01:16:14 1485 "Were you aware by the way that during the course of the week that Gerry and Kate had changed their methods of entering their apartment?”
Reply "Err I hadn’t at all, no.”
1485 "Right, the next question then from the PJ’S is, did you travel to Portugal with intercoms to monitor your children? Well you’ve said that you did.”
Reply "Yes.”
1485 "When you travel with your children do you always use intercoms?”
Reply "Err, I mean if we, if we were staying at somebody else’s house err you know and they were in the loft or whatever and we couldn’t hear the children crying then yes we would travel with monitors. Err you know, you know, we, our child you know Scarlet was one of the youngest children there so obviously the monitor was you know, was extremely important, you know we wanted to see if she was crying because you know she wasn’t sleeping as well as the elder child so at that, that time, monitors were very important to us and if we were going anywhere where we thought that we couldn’t hear the children then you know, if they were very young then we would use the monitors but they’re now older and the question’s perhaps not as pertinent as it was err you know eleven months ago. But you know, certainly around that time we didn’t make a habit of you know going and staying in some resort or hotel and you know stick a monitor upstairs and off we went, it was, you know, we don’t go away that frequently.”
01:17:56 1485 "Did you suggest an intercom to anybody else?”
Reply "Err no I mean, I don’t, you know I, I remember having the discussion with Fi you know, Fiona, with what, what we were gonna do but I didn’t really discuss what other people were gonna do really, you know, which comes back to the bit in the line of questioning you asked me before, do you think everyone knew about what the babysitting was like, and I’m sure I would’ve said that. Err but no we didn’t discuss monitors with anybody else.”
1485 "At the apartment you stayed in with your family at the Ocean Club have you ever left the windows and doors open?”
Reply "Of the, of the apartment?”
1485 "Of your apartment yeah.”
Reply "Err we, well I’d like to think that every time we went out that all the doors were shut, we never knowingly left the apartment with the doors or windows open and you know, it was good having Dianne there because she’s a very good safe, safe for everything like you know she’d, you know, so not knowingly did we ever leave them and to my recollection they were never open.”
1485 "Okay.”
Reply "You know if we were in the apartment, different, but if we left it then no.”
01:19:25 1485 "Okay. Okay David it’s time to get your phone out. Can I just confirm what mobile phone number you have please?”
Reply "Yeah, its ******************, . This is not the phone that I had on the night. This is a, a new phone that I’ve had since then, quite a few of the numbers I’ve transferred across.”
1485 "Right.”
Reply "But I haven’t got all the numbers that I originally had on that phone.”
1485 "Okay. I’m gonna go through a series of numbers and I want you to have a look in your phone book and see whether you can tell me who they are.”
Reply "Yeah.”
1485 "The first one, the phone number ends in, and I’ll just give you the last four digits.”
Reply "Will you just hang on two secs, this is a bit, okay.”
1485 "It’s ****.”
Reply "**** SA.”
1485 "And who’s SA?”
Reply "Err he is err my, Fiona’s sister LW, that’s her husband.”
1485 "And what sort of a relationship do you have with him?”
Reply "Err a very good relationship. He is err someone that I’ve known for many years, we’ve been to their wedding, they came to our wedding, and err he’s you know a very good friend.”
1485 "Okay. Then there’s a series of one, two, three, four, five, six text messages around about six p.m. on Friday.”
Reply "The Friday, yes, err the, these were all in relation to you know what had been happening that, that, that day basically and to get advice from S. Again, you know, a bit like I said with err Fiona’s err father, you know he’s someone that I trust very well who was not with us at the time who would, who could think calmly and clearly and to just ask advice about you know what was going on, what were they picking up in the UK err you know what coverage was it getting, what, what, what did they know was going on, you know, could they feed anything back, we wanted to get any information that we possibly could, you know, that was the conversation.”
01:22:21 1485 "Okay the next number is, ends in **.”
Reply "**… I’ve err I’ve not got that one in.”
1485 "You’ve not got that one in?”
Reply "No.”
1485 "Again, there was a series of text messages around about the same time on the Friday the fourth. There was err two calls and then...”
Reply "Around six o’ clock?”
1485 "Yeah, well the calls were made between eight and nine in the morning.”
Reply "Right.”
1485 "And then there was between ten a.m. to six p.m. there’s a series of eight text messages, actually I’m lying, no I’m wrong, sorry, scrap that, there was two, there was two calls between eight and nine in the morning and then one text message, two text messages around about ten a.m.”
Reply "Right.”
1485 "Could you have been at the Police Station that, the following day around about that time?”
01:24:38 Reply "I mean we didn’t leave the Police Station the following day until about eleven o’ clock so that, I mean if they were ten a.m. then that would have been before.”
1485 "But that number’s not in your book at all?”
Reply "No, as I say whether it’s just because it’s not one I’ve transferred across, because I’ve not got all of the numbers in this phone that I’ve got in my other one. I, I mean I can certainly get those for you.”
1485 "You may well have to actually.”
Reply "Yeah okay.”
1485 "The next number ends in ***. Sorry, that’s S again, sorry.”
Reply "Okay.”
1485 "And again there was quite a number of text messages, so you text him again.”
Reply "Yeah.”
1485 "Its okay, they’ve put it in the saved box here.”
Reply "Oh right, so it’s the same?”
1485 "The same yeah. Okay, we’ll move on, this is a small number and it, it is ***.”
Reply "So that’s a local number?”
1485 "I think…”
01:26:10 Reply "Yeah, I mean err it may well have been SA gave us a contact of someone that was a friend of the family in Portugal who err could get us mobile phones because Kate and Gerry you know hadn’t got any contact, you know way of contacting, their batteries were running out or something like that so SAhad basically said err you know there’s, there’s these people that we know there and you know that could have been it.”
1485 "Or, because then there were two text messages sent about half past, about ten o’ clock on the Friday evening to that number.”
Reply "Oh to that number, well that wouldn’t make sense.”
1485 "No.”
Reply "Err…”
1485 "From that number to your number.”
Reply "Oh, it could have been then, if they text me saying oh I hope everything’s alright, you’ve got the phones and everything, that’s the only thing.”
1485 "Okay, next number I’d like you to look for please David is **”
01:27:13 Reply "That’s gonna be my sister’s… **?”
1485 "** yeah. It starts with, it’s *…”
Reply "Is it **.”
1485 "Yeah.”
Reply "**?”
1485 "Yeah.”
Reply "Yeah it’s my mum’s number.”
1485 "What town is that?”
Reply "What town is that? Err Rochdale.”
1485 "Rochdale?”
Reply "Yeah, in Manchester.”
1485 "And again, there was a series of calls which are self explanatory I suppose.”
Reply "Mm, yeah.”
1485 "The next number could well be another relative but I’ll check with you anyway, it’s **…”
Reply "Yeah my sister’s.”
1485 "Your sister’s?”
Reply "Yeah, that’s Market Harborough.”
1485 "Next number is a, I think it’s a London number, it’s o, two, o, seven, and it ends its **.”
Reply "**? Can we just ring it? (Laughs).”
01:29:09 1485 "(Laughs).”
Reply "No. What time was that sorry that that was…”
1485 "It’s about, it’s quarter past eleven or twenty three thirteen on the fourth on the Friday night.”
Reply "At night?”
1485 "Yeah. So my, my recollection of ** is a London number if that helps.”
Reply "Yeah, I’ll just have a little look. I, I can’t remember, I’ve got friends that are down in London which I haven’t got her number in here, whether she saw it and rang it I don’t know. Was it a long, long call or?”
1485 "Err, yeah it was quite a long call.”
Reply "Right, okay.”
1485 "But you actually called the number.”
Reply "Yeah, okay.”
1485 "Okay, the next number is, it’s a mobile number and it ends in **”
Reply "Mobile number **?”
1485 "Yeah, yeah. **, and it ends in **.”
01:31:16 Reply "Err,**”
1485 "Yeah.”
Reply "LL, whose a, you know, a friend of the family’s.”
1485 "And what was the nature of the, it was a text message at quarter past eight, err quarter past six on the fourth.”
Reply "Yeah.”
1485 "Sent, I think it was sent from them to you.”
Reply "Yeah, it would have been oh yeah, seen, seen what’s happened out there, are you okay, you know I presume.”
1485 "Okay the final one is, well it ends in , **.”
Reply "**… The other thing is, is that err Fiona was using my phone out there, she hadn’t got her phone with her so some of these calls may be…”
1485 "This one’s a call.”
Reply "But if she got the number and the put it in, she might know what it is, but yeah.”
1485 "Yeah, yeah I accept that.”
Reply "**. Sorry ** was it?”
1485 "**.”
Reply "Let’s have another look, no I don’t think I’ve got that one.”
1485 "Okay.”
Reply “It’s quite close together all this to all this, but no I can’t see that one.”
1485 "Alright, okay well that’s the end of the phone traffic, one fin, one question or one person I’d like to speak to you about is Yvonne MARTIN. Do you know a person called Yvonne MARTIN?”
01:34:03 Reply "Yvonne MARTIN?”
1485 "Social Worker.”
Reply "Right. Oh, okay, err there was a lady who was there on the err when me, when me and Kate were waiting on the err morning you know after Madeleine had disappeared err there was err a photographer who was living in the area who err approached us and was just saying ah I used to work for the Daily Mirror, he gave his card and then this woman came up and started err chatting to us who err essentially just said ah I’ve got many years of experience you know and just started to really try and again force their selves in the situation a bit rather than just saying look I’m around if you need me err you know, so basically I just said it wasn’t you know appropriate at the time, could she leave us alone and err but I must admit I didn’t know what her, that was you know, that was, and she was, you know she said she was trained for many years as a Social Worker and was out there now err and was offering her help, but not in a particularly helpful way and she appeared you know, and that was on the you know the morning, I don’t know somewhere perhaps between nine and ten o’ clock in the morning. Err you know I’m sure, sure she’d been at, you know, she popped in there and you know she was around the area, she was seen again, but I mean I didn’t have any more contact with her then but at the time it wasn’t particularly helpful. Err I can’t really say any more than that.”
01:35:47 1485 "Did you know her before that meeting?”
Reply "Err no.”
1485 "Did you speak to the MCCANN’S about it?”
Reply "Err we, yeah we spoke in the context of you know that was completely inappropriate the way that she was trying to deal with it, it’s like she was trying to council Kate there and then in the thick of, you know, they’re still trying to establish what’s going on and what was happening err so you know I spoke to, you know I’m sure I mentioned her to Kate and Gerry you know within a short space of time, you know within twenty four hours of it happening. Err you know, just an example I, you know I was with Kate for quite a number of hours where I was sat with her at the err Police Station in Portimão and everything and you know weeks later she said who was I sat with, you know, and it was that, its that kind of thing you know I’m sure you know I spoke to them about it there and then within twenty four hours but err you know nothing was really mentioned a great deal about her later on or you know it was the, the, you know pretty much you know the conversation was dealt, you know dealt with it there and then and it wasn’t, you know, perhaps I mentioned it to the others saying you know and if she popped up here and there you know other people might have mentioned her but she wasn’t something that kind of like was the focus of the conversations that we had subsequently.”
1485 "Yeah.”
01:37:15 Reply "Err for that morning.”
1485 "Did you advise the MCCANN’S to turn to her?”
Reply "Not at all, no.”
1485 "Not at all?”
Reply "Not at all. She was someone I’d certainly say to, to keep clear of you know and I, and I think pretty much I was saying look you know, appreciate your concern at this stage but you know it’s not the right time to be talking to her, if you want to leave a card then you know perhaps there might be a time in the future but you know can you just leave us please, and that was you know the basics of the conversation that I had with her. Err you know her timing was just completely off, err you know there was, I say there was someone else who visited on the night that she was abducted, I think she was from the upstairs and she was again you know trying to say there, there Kate, you’re alright, and again it was just completely inappropriate timing.”
1485 "Yeah.”
Reply "I didn’t think there was anything sinister about it I just thought it was people who didn’t really perhaps have an insight into you know what has gone on and what was good timing and what wasn’t. I never really thought anything much more about either of them.”
1485 "Okay, there’s no more questions at this stage.”
Reply "Yeah.”
1485 "What I’m gonna do is I’m gonna take a short break, just take a bit of a coffee break.”
Reply "Yeah, yeah.”
1485 "And then come straight back in with Gerry and Kate’s questions.”
Reply "Right.”
1485 "Alright?”
Reply "Yeah, okay.”
01:38:42 1485 "Just before I finish, what we’ve been talking about on this section of the interview, is there anything that you feel you want to add that may be pertinent to the investigation?”
Reply "Again, just to you know summarise in that you know not many people find themselves in a situation like that and the way that Kate and Gerry were, there was nothing to suggest that there had been any foul play. They behaved so much as I would expect someone in the situation they were in and the way that their moods had changed from you know complete calm and serenity and enjoyment, just turned completely to you know distraught and you know that wasn’t acting, that wasn’t anyone, that was just pure grief of the situation that they found themselves in.”
1485 "Yeah.”
Reply "And you know and the change was like that, it wasn’t you know, err I don’t think there’s anything else I’d like to add at this stage.”
1485 "Okay that’s fine, okay. It’s two fifty nine, or fourteen fifty nine and I’ll stop now
01:40:00 The interview ceased at 1459 hours when the tape recorder was switched off.

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Person Interviewed: David PAYNE Number of Pages 35
Place of Interview: Force Headquarters, Enderby Signature of Interviewing
Date of Interview: 11.04.08 Officer producing exhibit
Time Commenced: 1530 hours
Time Concluded: 1640 hours Duration of Interview: 70 minutes
Interviewing Officer(s) DC 1485 MESSIAH Tape Reference nos:
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00:00:05 1485 "Okay the video’s now recording again. We’re in a third interview with yourself. We’re at Force Headquarters Police in Leicestershire. I am DC Ivor MESSIAH from Leicestershire Police Major Crime Team and the date is Friday the eleventh of April and the time I make by my watch is fifteen thirty exactly. Could you just tell me who you are please?”
Reply "I’m David PAYNE.”
1485 "Okay. I’m just continuing in relation to you being a witness to, or, in regards to the investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine MCCANN, alright, and this is the third interview we’re conducting.”
Reply "Yes.”
1485 "Hopefully it should be the last. Once again a series of questions, a lot of open questions, take your time in answering and give me as thorough answer as possible.”
Reply "Okay.”
1485 "Right, I just, before I move on I just need to refer back to the last interview just to clarify a couple of points.”
Reply "Okay.”
00:01:05 1485 "One of the points is, do you recall you told me that when Kate had come back to the Tapas and said…”
Reply "Yeah.”
1485 "What had happened.”
Reply "Yes.”
1485 "You’d said that, you referred to some sort of, her face, you said the look on her face…”
Reply "Yeah.”
1485 "Was, can you remember what you said?”
Reply "Err, how did I describe, I mean just you know the, it was just a haunting face of someone who’s you know discovered what she discovered.”
1485 "Yeah.”
Reply "It was just, you know, if you meet Kate now, you know, you can see it, you can just see it in her eyes still. Err, I mean, the only other way to put it, you know, there’s something missing from her life.”
1485 "Yeah.”
Reply "But it was just, you know, the grief and the horror in that face, you know.”
1485 "Yeah.”
Reply "It was just err I’ll just never forget it.”1
1485 "Yeah. But there was a specific, I mean I’ll, I can probably look at the video at a later stage.”
Reply "Yes.”
1485 "And I just wonder whether you can remember what you said? It was quite impactive what you said.”
00:02:16 Reply "Err, sorry.”
1485 "No? That’s okay. Can you recall shortly after that she went running off to the apartment block and she was saying they’ve taken her?”
Reply "Mm.”
1485 "Is that what you said?”
Reply "Mm, yes.”
1485 "She’s taken, they’ve taken her?”
Reply "She, you know, obviously there’s what we’ve talked about when, you know, it’s portrayed in the press about what she said, they’ve taken her, and that was definitely not, and that was, you know, or unanimous across everyone we’d all said that was not what she first of all said, you know, she’s gone was you know the first words that she said.”
1485 "She first said that she’s gone?”
Reply "She’s gone.”
1485 "And then the second time she said?”
Reply "And then, I mean, and then as we were walking up, err and there’s you know the exchange of conversation was you know, was they’ve taken her.”
1485 "Okay. Moving on a little bit to Gerry and Kate, because they like, because you know they’re into tennis aren’t they?”
Reply "They are.”
1485 "They seem to be playing tennis every day.”
Reply "Yes.”
1485 "Virtually. Do you know whether they took their own tennis kit out?”
00:03:23 Reply "Err no they didn’t.”
1485 "They didn’t take the kit out?”
Reply "No.”
1485 "But when I said…”
Reply "Oh sorry when you say the tennis kit…”
1485 "When I say kit.”
Reply "I’m talking about the, err racquet and b*lls they didn’t take.”
1485 "Kit in, you know, kit in general is gonna mean the attire and…”
Reply "Err, did they have any specific tennis gear? You know (inaudible) I don’t, I, I don’t recall that they had anything specific you know to play, you know, we all have what we ha, call tennis gear you know, not the stuff that you probably go swimming in and you know…”
1485 "Yeah.”
Reply "Which was appropriate to wear on a tennis court but they weren’t err you know they weren’t water goers, you know they weren’t interested in the water sports side of things.”
1485 "Yeah.”
Reply "So you know they knew there was the tennis side of it and they’d gone along with the interest of playing, you know, some more tennis.”
1485 "So generally what would they wear to play tennis as far as you can recollect?”
Reply "Err I’ve got the pictures, err, err yeah again, sorry I can’t remember.”
1485 "Well would it be fair to say it would be t-shirts?”
Reply "Oh yes, yeah.”
1485 "Colours?”
Reply "Err I mean again I think Gerry had a white, a white top err I think he had a, you know, like a polo shirt.”
1485 "Yeah.”
00:04:36 Reply "Err sleeveless, err I, I keep thinking he’s got white trousers err shorts sorry, but I can’t remember.”
1485 "What about a kit bag? Would they have a kit bag with them?”
Reply "Err he certainly didn’t have a great big tennis bag or a, you know, err I mean I used to be a squash, a semi-professional squash player and you know they certainly didn’t have anything that I would call a kit bag from days when I played…”
1485 "Yeah.”
Reply "You know, a lot of sport, err if they had a rucksack with some water in that would be, you know, about as big as it got, you know a small rucksack. But it certainly wasn’t a big tennis, you know, things that you could put a tennis racquet in.”
1485 "Yeah.”
Reply "There was nothing of that size that you could hide a, a tennis racquet in or anything like that, it would have been just purely, if they had anything…”
1485 "Yeah.”
Reply "It would have been something that had their water in.”
1485 "So as opposed to a bag it’d be something like a rucksack, if at all?”
Reply "If, if at all, yeah.”
1485 "Yeah.”
Reply "Yeah.”
1485 "And is that the same for Kate?”
Reply "Yeah, yeah.”
00:05:37 1485 "You mentioned early on, on the last interview as well, about a photo. You spoke brief about a photo you’d shown, you’d shown a photo.”
Reply "Oh yes, I mean…”
1485 "Where did that come from?”
Reply "Err where did the photo come from? That’s a very good question, err I’m not sure whether it was from Gerry’s digital camera or one of the digital cameras that we had there from my recollection. Err but you know, it was, sorry I can’t, I can’t remember exactly. I seem to remember it was one of the digital cameras but that’s about as far as it...”
1485 "Can you remember the pose in which Madeleine was on the photo?”
Reply "Err I can’t, no.”
1485 "Did you see the photo?”
Reply "Err I did, yes. I mean Russell err was probably the most instrumental in that side that we, you know he’s very good with computers and setting that side up, so he specifically went off err you know to do that. Err you know, I mean we kind of identified early like you know I have, I have seen the picture and, but sorry I can’t remember it.”
00:07:03 1485 "Okay.”
Reply "But Russell was, I say, you know that was where his strengths was and he went down trying to link up the computers and was good at that kind of (inaudible).”
1485 "Where did the com, where did they link the computer up?”
Reply "Err the err originally I thought it had been done in the reception at the Ocean Club, not the Tapas bar, but then I realised it was actually the Tapas bar, err sorry the other reception as you walk through into the Tapas complex err there’s a room just on the right there err they’d got a computer and a printer there err that’s how they sorted it out.”
1485 "And Russell did that?”
Reply "Russell did that yes.”
1485 "Was that at Gerry’s request?”
Reply "My, well it might have been Gerry’s or mine, it was something that we, you know, we, you know you’re trying to think what we should do in the circumstances and we thought right you know a picture, we’ve gotta get a picture out because you know everybody didn’t know who Madeleine was so if people were searching for her they needed a picture to identify her, but we, you know, we were also convinced that you know she’d been taken and there was a high chance that someone had got transport to take her, given the way that we thought you know she’d been carried off and err you know, we, well if, if, the worst scenario if there was, if someone was gonna move Madeleine away from that area, you know we wanted the, to try and get the, err, the area secured. Therefore they would need a picture to see who, to identify her so it was something that we were, those, those two things we were, you know keen at trying to secure that, you know, the picture was available and err the, you know the roads were closed down in the surrounding areas.”
00:08:40 1485 "How many photos were there?”
Reply "Err again, I don’t, I didn’t see all the photos but I know there was at least ten that were printed off, but whether there was more than that I couldn’t say but I know that there was at least ten available.”
1485 "And they were all of Madeleine?”
Reply "They were.”
1485 "Were they all the same pictures?”
Reply "Err again, I would have to say I think so, I didn’t see all the copies.”
1485 "Okay.”
Reply "But I know that’s what, you know, Russell said, again, I think.”
1485 "Right and do you know where they all went”?
Reply "I don’t know.”
1485 "Okay. Did you take any photos on the night at the Tapas bar?”
Reply "No I didn’t.”
1485 "Did anybody take any photos?”
Reply "Err…”
1485 "Before Kate obviously raised the alarm.”
Reply "Not that I’m aware of. There wasn’t, normally we’re quite snap happy but err we’ve only got a few pictures from the second of May, then the third of May and then you know a few days until err so there wasn’t a great deal of pictures being taken err you know obviously there was a few here and there, Jane’s quite keen on photography, I know she takes some nice pictures and I’d taken some in the play area on the, the, err the night before and we’ve also got pictures of the, the afternoon from the beach and from the restaurant and then the play area again and there’s some pictures of us playing tennis err with the times on, so you know that’s about the last pictures that I can recall. I’ve got our pictures and I’ve got Dianne’s pictures but I’ve certainly not seen anybody else’s err completely.”
00:10:35 1485 "What about the night before? The Wednesday night, did you take any pictures, were any pictures taken then? Or did you see any pictures being taken then?”
Reply "In the evening?”
1485 "Yeah, because I understand that you stayed later on the Wednesday night.”
Reply "We did, yes, err the pictures that I’ve got, there are some pictures on one of the evenings and I can’t say which evening that was.”
1485 "Your camera should…”
Reply "My cameras will have the…”
1485 "It’ll have…”
Reply "It’ll have the date on there.”
1485 "Yeah.”
Reply "But I, you know I can’t remember which evening, I thought it was earlier on in the week but err but again it wasn’t, it wasn’t, you know in the evenings wasn’t generally camera time, I don’t think people were that bothered really in the evening and that taking pictures, it wasn’t...”
1485 "Because it would have all pictures of you huddled together and...”
Reply "Well it would yeah.”
1485 "(Inaudible).”
Reply "That was it yeah. I mean as I say there’s only like two or three pictures I think we’ve got from the evening.”
1485 "Right. When you had your beach hour on the Thursday, so you came off windsurfing and then you had food at the beach bar, where was Kate and Gerry?”
00:11:52 Reply "Err I mean they certainly weren’t at the beach bar err you know there was, as I say it was all parties apart, apart from the MCCANN family and I wasn’t aware what they were doing at that, that moment.”
1485 "About, not long after, well before sorry you went, you left…”
Reply "I mean obviously Gerry was playing tennis…”
1485 "Yeah.”
Reply "Around that time because you know I knew that I was going up to meet with Gerry.”
1485 "Yeah.”
Reply "Sorry, but you know, I’ll make that a bit clearer sorry, when we were doing the water sports and that I know at some stage I think we played tennis and that but I couldn’t say you know what, or they’re in, you know the times we’re around there and I knew that Gerry was playing tennis around when we were thinking of going back to, to walk up with him, to play tennis in the evening.”
1485 "So you knew as opposed to seeing them?”
Reply "Well I, I knew Gerry was you know, around that time sorry that he was going to be playing tennis, but I mean I don’t know, I couldn’t tell you what they were doing earlier on in that afternoon.”
1485 "Yeah. Did you see Kate running along the beach at all?”
Reply "I didn’t, no.”
1485 "During that day?”
Reply "No.”
1485 "Around the teatime ish side?”
Reply "Err, again, again I, sorry to say this again but I, I you know she’d been running quite a bit after Madeleine err had gone, and, and again it just gets a little bit patchy and you know, I know I saw her on the beach running, but whether that was after or before I can’t remember.”
1485 "(Inaudible.)”
00:13:25 Reply "That’d be something I’d probably, if I looked at my statement if there’s anything in there.”
1485 "Yeah.”
Reply "I would be guided by that. Err I don’t…”
1485 "So you…”
Reply "I don’t think I did, if I, you know if you wanted me to hedge a bet on that one then I’d say more likely I can’t remember seeing her running on that, that afternoon but I, I’d prefer to have a look at my statement because I’m sure of at the time of my statement I would have mentioned that.”
1485 "Okay. I’d like you to describe Madeleine to me. What sort of a child she is and you know how you see her.”
Reply "Mm, err Madeleine’s err a very striking err beautiful child, I’d almost if I want a better phrase call her doll-like, you know she was very, you know I think, you know very unique looking child err, she’d got very pretty, you know blonde hair err in a bob, she was quite a petite err child and you know she was very bubbly, very err you know she was a very good child to, to interact with. She was very bright, you could have a lot of fun with Madeleine err and you know she, she was, you know Kate and Gerry’s, you know pride and joy. They’d had a lot of trouble conceiving, you know with IVF and everything and you know Madeleine was their miracle. She was obviously very unique with the fact that she’d got the, you know the iris defect err but you know she was certainly a happy go lucky child you know she was, she would interact with the other children very well, as I said on the other, earlier recording, you know she played very happily with Lily and you know indeed the other children. She was, you know, very, she is a very beautiful child and good fun.”
1485 "Mm.”
00:15:30 Reply "You know I, you know a fact I’ve come across already you know she was a, she’s a very bright child you know, she wouldn’t be the kind of mischievous child who you know and just try and get out of the flat and you know get up to mischief and that, you know, there’s fun in all children but she certainly wasn’t that kind of child. She was very bright.”
1485 "Moving on then to the time that you, when you say after the alarm was raised you went into the MCCANN’S apartment. Can you describe the layout of the apartment?”
Reply "If you’re going in through the patio doors you walk directly into the, err the living, you know, lounge space. Then if you’re going, walking through the apartment towards the front door you have the kitchen on the, err right, which was a small kitchen, which was boxed off from the rest of err open plan living space. If you were walking from the patio doors into the apartment and you were walking towards the front door and turn left you would go towards the bedroom areas. Directly in front of you, you had the bathroom err as you were looking at the bathroom the door to the left would be the, the room where Kate and Gerry stayed and the door to the right was err where the children were sleeping. Err you know there was the double bed in the err Kate and Gerry’s room and as you went into err Sean and Amelie’s room there was a bed up against the far wall where there was the, you know, was the window. There was another bed parallel to that but across the other side of the room, err along the wall where the door is where you walked into the apartment. In between the two parallel beds was the, err two cots also parallel with the space err between the two of them, and obviously the twins were sleeping in the err cots and then err Madeleine was on the bed which was nearest the door that you walked in to get in there.”
1485 "Okay. When you went in after the alarm was raised what was the bedroom like at that point?”
00:18:01 Reply "Err the, you know again I, it, it wasn’t, it wasn’t dark, it wasn’t really, really dark but it you know my overall impression was the room was fairly dark. The, the children as I said before were still err fast asleep, which again you know we’ve discussed this you know over the months that Kate and Gerry you know, as all children wake up you know in the night and err you know with all the pandemonium and the shouting, breaking, that they were still you know, fast asleep, and err you know I wouldn’t describe that I could see anything in the room like there’d been, you know, clothes thrown around the room or anything and disturbed and you know I, I noticed that the bed was empty that Madeleine was sleeping in. Other people have described that the bed was very neat and tidy but that isn’t what, you know, I could confirm.”
1485 "What was the bed like that you can confirm?”
Reply "I, I, you know, I, my note, visual note was she’s not there, the twins are there, you know I just ran out and you know was wanting to, you know, run around like a headless chicken and try and do something you know to be helpful.”
00:19:23 1485 "How long do you think you were in that bedroom for?”
Reply "Err as I say when I was there I wasn’t actually, hadn’t walked in to the whole part of the bedroom, if anything I’d just stepped in to the room just from the, err you know the doorway perhaps just beyond the doorway, but I hadn’t you know gone right in to say like where the twins were or in between where the beds were. Err again it’s, it’s difficult, it’s difficult to say because I could have well pop back more than once just, you know, you know with Gerry, you know moving, you know we were moving around so frequently, err I wasn’t certainly there for any length of time, whether it’d be a minute, you know that would be something, or that I’d ever stayed at the maximum because there was just so much else.”
1485 "Yeah.”
Reply "You know going on with people running around etcetera.”
1485 "Throughout the holiday from the twenty eighth till the fifth, or till the third…”
Reply "Mm.”
1485 "How many times do you think you actually went into the MCCANN’S apartment?”
00:20:33 Reply "Err probably more than other people as I said there was the, there was one, there was the incident with the cot where were trying to, you know, had some difficulty with one of the cots that had been provided to err you know so and they’d got the spare cot that you know so I had to go down and pick that up and then I, I popped in there you know some other times as well, I say I probably, in total during the week, I’d have said five, half a dozen times I’d been to that apartment.”
1485 "Okay. Just going back to the phone numbers, do you recall I told, or you mentioned the Portuguese number?”
Reply "Yes.”
1485 "I mentioned to you that they’d sent you, or they sent to your phone a text message on the fourth, which is the following, the next day about twenty past ten, sorry two minutes past ten.”
Reply "Right.”
1485 "And then eight minutes past ten.”
Reply "Mm.”
1485 "Did you actually speak to these people?”
Reply "Err…”
1485 "In Portugal?”
Reply "The, I mean, the other, there was a, the other person who contacted me which I didn’t mention while I was at the Police Station was one of the Portuguese err newspapers and err you know asking, you know for comments and err so that could have been what the, you know, the number. I spoke, I did speak to the other, the friends of Simon ALDRIDGE’S who you know who kindly bought the phones and they actually bought the phones to the Portimão Police Station and I went downstairs and got the phones and then err brought them back upstairs. Err in terms of you know whether I, we spoke to them on the next day sorry, was that the question?”
1485 "Well you spoke to them on the next day, the next day yeah that Madeleine went missing, on the fourth.”
Reply "Right.”
1485 "That’s when, well, there’s text messages but what I’m asking you is, did you speak to them?”
00:22:29 Reply "Err I don’t remember having any text conversation with any err Portuguese newspapers so I presume that Portuguese number, they, sorry yeah the other, the, the other Portuguese person I spoke with was err there was err a Solicitor in err Lisbon who err the conversation it may well have been with Lisa LACARNIE because that was a friend of their family who they, they’ve got a business in the UK but they deal with Portugal and Lisa said if you need any err Portuguese advice then there’s err Paolo, and again I’ve got his number in my other phone which might clarify that bit.”
1485 "Yeah.”
Reply "And err he err and I did speak to him again after that day so it may well have been him just to say oh you know do you want any help, do you want any advice, and err and that you know that’s how it was left at that, that stage so that might have been, piecing it together from what you’re saying.”
1485 "Do you recall me telling you about the London number, which you couldn’t find in your phone?”
Reply "Yes.”
00:24:00 1485 "That number actually transcribes back to the Crime Specialist Director in London.”
Reply "Mm.”
1485 "Did you contact them?”
Reply "Err I did yes. My, err you know my sister err had been in contact with them and she was trying to do everything that she could knowing the, err, the difficulties that we were having out there so you know I did approach them just asking for advice but err I can’t remember, I don’t think I actually spoke to anyone there, but for some reason that wasn’t carried forward.”
1485 "Yeah.”
Reply "But I mean, you know, just into the context of the conversation you know we’re in a strange country, we’ve got no representeers we don’t know what’s going on, all hell’s broken loose and you know to see whether you can do anything to help Madeleine come back, you know and that was the lines that we were taking.”
1485 "Do you remember who you spoke to?”
Reply "I don’t know.”
1485 "The call was made on the following day at twenty three thirteen, so that’s late at night.”
Reply "Mm.”
1485 "You don’t recollect anything else about the conversation that you had with that, was it you that made the call?”
Reply "Err I, yeah I know that I got phone numbers from my sister which I did you know ring them but I can’t remember making one late at night.”
00:25:35 1485 "Okay. Okay just finally we’ll come on to the, Kate and Gerry’s questions and you may have answered these.”
Reply "Okay yeah.”
1485 "The first question is an obvious question. How long have you known Gerry and Kate? And what kind of a relationship do you have with the couple?”
Reply "Yeah, err I say Fiona first worked with Kate err at an anaesthetic registrar and I was doing research back in two thousand, err so that’s you know we ended up going out err for the night and then you know we’re very good friends ever since. Err we went away to err Lanzarote err that was gonna be about two thousand and three, they came to our wedding later in two thousand and three. We went to Majorca with them a year later and again had a very good you know holiday with them there. You know we see them, you know re, you know quite frequently, we’ve always got on extremely well. Err the more I know Gerry the more I like the guy, err and it works great you know because Fiona has a really good relationship with Kate, I get on really well with Gerry, you know I get on well with Kate as well. Our kids all get on well together and you know we, you know they, you know they are just such lovely people they’ve got time for absolutely every, anybody and to hear the things that have been said about them again is just, you know it’s completely err heartbreaking really because they are, they’re just, they are the salt of the earth they really are.”
00:27:42 1485 "Have you ever been at Kate and Gerry’s home when their children have been at home? And if so, how many times?”
Reply "Yes, I mean we, err we know them when they were err living at, obviously when they were at Queniborough first, we’ve known Madeleine ever since, you know she’s err been around and we went over to see them in Amsterdam as well and you watched Madeleine, you know, we were all the staying there together then since the twins have been around we’ve been round as well so we’ve been many, many times you know when they’ve been together, you know the children have been there err so yeah.”
1485 "Were your children present as well?”
Reply "Yeah, yeah, you know because obviously between the five children and we’ve known them ever since, before we’ve had children and then when each one’s come along you know we’ve always been, you know each family’s been pleased for the other family if you like and there’s always, you know wanted to be available when you, your children are being born and congratulate and to help and err and so I think you know ever since we’ve known them and since we had children we’ve always been around.”
00:28:55 1485 "And the next question is have you ever been on holiday with them before? Well yes you have.”
Reply "Mm.”
1485 "How did they take care of the children at night when you went away with them before?”
Reply "Err when err we were, when we were, well when they came to our wedding first of all Madeleine was very young then so you know they kept her you know with them at all times. When we went to err Majorca together it was a big err building you know for, big enough for four couples and the family and we just stayed at that particular err you know farm house, you know all the time really so if, when the kids went to bed we were downstairs. Err they, when we were there they were downstairs so they weren’t far away from err you know where we were staying that night and err you know their kids slept very well that holiday and err but you know they were, they were very close by and people were passing by you know just to check on the kids upstairs because we were having a bit more of a problem so you know there was a lot of activity not far away from where their children were, they’d all slept very well in that early part of the evening, well I think through the night generally. So we were very close by err we were, we ate generally in, in the place itself which wasn’t many metres away but you know certainly they were very responsible and err you know certainly nothing.”

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00:30:34 1485 "The next question is, how often did you meet Kate and Gerry during the holiday between the twenty eighth and the third? I think we’ve already covered that haven’t we.”
Reply "Yeah, yeah. Less frequently than probably other people but we all met up, and certainly in the evenings and play time.”
1485 "How often did you see Madeleine…”
Reply "Sorry can I just go back to that?”
1485 "Yeah.”
Reply "I mean also there was times when we you know did the picking up at the crèche, you know Lily was always at the same crèche as Sean and Amelie so I would generally meet Gerry you know err when we, when the crèche had finished in the morning, when, because that was the only time that err Lily went there so I either, generally saw either Kate or Gerry at that time.”
1485 "Yeah.”
Reply "So that was also another moment that we generally linked up.”
1485 "Well other than, because you played tennis on the third, so other than the third was there any other times that you played tennis with Gerry?”
Reply "Oh yeah, err there was, you know one, one evening err there was a fastest serve evening and we had a bit of fun all trying to err you know out the machine which measured how quickly you served, so you know, that was the evening that we played, I’m sure there must have been another time that we’d had a knock as well.”
00:31:43 1485 "Have you ever felt you had a reason to become concerned about the children?”
Reply "During the holiday or generally? This answer’s probably the same anyway to…”
1485 "Generally I would think.”
Reply "No, err you know Kate and Gerry I think it’s, they’ve had you know the twins, it’s never difficult, err sorry it’s never easy looking after twins, err my sister’s got twins and err you know and it was very difficult for them. Madeleine would often get up in the night and go and sleep in the same bed as err Kate and Gerry so I think their sleep patterns were pretty disturbed and I always marvelled at how well, I mean I’d be so much more tired than they were and, and grouchy but they never were. They were never, I, I’ve never ever seen either of them lose it with, with the kids you know err they, they you know tell them off as any parent does but you know no, not particularly forcefully you know as, you know and they have they’ve always been such an even keel err that you know you just have to admire how they’ve brought their, their family up, and children up.”
1485 "When was the first time that you saw Kate and Gerry on that Thursday?”
Reply "Thursday? Again, I can’t, you know the only moments I can definitely say is when I saw Gerry before the tennis and then I saw Kate but you know there must have been some other time during the day but I’m not sure.”
00:33:26 1485 "So seeing Kate in the apartment…”
Reply "Yeah.”
1485 "Was that the first time that you saw her that day?”
Reply "I, I can’t, I can’t recall seeing her before that but I’m not saying that I didn’t see her.”
1485 "Yeah.”
Reply "Err…”
1485 "Well we’ve covered what time you got to the Tapas bar and who was there, we’ve covered what Gerry and Kate were doing when you arrived, did you speak to Kate and Gerry? Well you spoke to Gerry didn’t you? How were they behaving generally?”
Reply "Err while we were at the Tapas?”
1485 "When you got…”
Reply "Yeah err you know as I said on the earlier err tape that you know I, I’d had one of the best days and you know I was saying that to Gerry and Gerry was going ah you know you wouldn’t believe what a brilliant day we’ve had and you know it’s one of the best days he’s had there and he was, you know, he, he’s someone who is, you know, you know we were saying, you know what a great week it worked out, you know really well you know how ironic you know that’s turned out to be but you know that was generally the mood that evening. You know we were coming towards the end of the, err holiday you know it was our last but one night and err yeah it was just a really good, a good mood, you know as I say if that’s the only that, that’s the only thing that’s peculiar about it, you know, but everyone was…”
00:34:54 1485 "It’s got here, who left the table and why? Well we’ve discussed that people left the table.”
Reply "Mm.”
1485 "To go and look after their children, can you think of anybody who went, who left the table that night to other than look after the children?”
Reply "No, I can’t, I can’t think of any other reason.”
1485 "It’s one of the earlier interviews, somebody had mentioned that primarily it was, other than Jane, it was all the males that did all the running about, would that be about right?”
Reply "I mean as I say I remember Matt and Russell going, I remember Gerry going and remember the, you know, Jane you know, err I can’t remember whether Rachael left the table or not, but the…”
1485 "Dianne?”
Reply "Err I don’t think, I don’t think Dianne left the table, I don’t remember seeing her move.”
1485 "Fiona?”
Reply "No.”
00:36:07 1485 "Did you see Gerald leaving the table during the meal? Well we discussed that about why and what time, for how long, and, but you said when he returned, did he act any differently when he returned?”
Reply "No, no.”
1485 "And again these are sort of questions relating to the same thing with different individuals.”
Reply "Yeah.”
1485 "So when, did you see Jane leave the table? And what time? For how long?”
Reply "Mm, err as I say I can’t remember exactly how long people left, the longest anyone left was, was you know I can remember is Russell and again that was because in terms of you know the food issue.”
1485 "Yeah.”
Reply "And err but you know certainly everyone else I don’t remember them going for a particularly long time, I’d expect them to walk up to the apartment, look at their, err respective children and then walk back.”
00:37:08 1485 "Obviously that relates as well to Matthew, which you’ve covered, Russell which you’ve covered, Kate which you’ve covered, was that the one and only time that Kate left the table when she came back and raised the alarm?”
Reply "I believe so.”
1485 "According to your…”
Reply "According to my memory yeah.”
1485 "According your memory. And you described how she looked and you described how she was behaving. Were you shocked about what she’d said?”
Reply "I mean, the, you know the first, you know there’s a moment of disbelief you know or you know you look for every plausible, you know, explanation in your mind which just goes through very, you know filters through very quickly you know could this have happened, or you know or what, you know but as I say when she said it and the look on her face it was, you know if a picture told a thousand words then you know. Again, you know, Kate is just so reliable you know she wouldn’t come running down and saying, well certainly she’s gone and then you know thinking she’s wandered off and then as it transpired you know, then you know, what she was telling us after in terms about the gate, but the look on her face and her saying she’s gone, it to me implied what had happened without actually hearing anything else, just by the look on her face.”
1485 "Yeah.”
Reply "But you know, again, whether that’s also a little bit of retrospectively, you know, (inaudible) on the situation, but I can just remember the look on her face, she’s gone.”
00:39:00 1485 "Did you enter the MCCANN apartment? Well you did. Did you enter the children’s room? Which you did. You described what you saw, you’ve said that you saw the twins. Did you notice anything strange about it?”
Reply "Err, as I say, you know about before, the amount of screaming that was going on in the apartment and around and everything that was kicking off and the fact that the two of them could just sleep through it, you know, again, perhaps just take on board saying that you know sometimes you know, they’ve had their difficulties with Kate and Gerry with them sleeping through and you know it was just very bizarre that they continued to sleep through. Err you know I did notice obviously that, the change in the, you know the blind and the err window, but you know I can’t accurately say it like other people did, you know what, how exactly did they find it, I couldn’t say.”
1485 "What do you mean the change in the blinds in the window?”
Reply "Well you know it was pointed out, the window was open, the blind’s not, you know, err down it’s open, you know so those things you know I was made aware of but err as I say I couldn’t tell you exactly how far down the blind was or how much the window was open.”
00:40:22 1485 "Did Kate say anything about the window and the shutter?”
Reply "Err I’m sure she did but what she exactly said and you know because we were, you know, the first thing you’re trying to do is work out how it could be opened you know, what was, you know, err and you know the discussion whether it be open from the inside or the outside but what she said I can’t remember. But also on the back of subsequent discussions that we had about what may have happened, it’s difficult to say without, or you know things merge into one.”
1485 "What did you do next? Well you took part in assisting in the apartment then you did some searches with Russell and…”
Reply "Matt.”
1485 "Matthew was saying, and you was with, who were you with? Russell and Matt obviously. Okay, on realising that Madeleine was not found within the first ten minutes, how did Kate react?”
Reply "Err she was distraught and you know (sighs).”
1485 "And the same for Gerry?”
Reply "Yeah, I mean Kate, you know Kate generally, you know more emotional than err Gerry was and then all of a sudden Gerry would breakdown and you know just, you know saying she’s gone, you know she’s gone, err Kate was more like that on a continual basis throughout the evening. Err Gerry would still try and function in between the moments of you know breaking down and err you know and try to, you know, I had the discussion on with phone and you know what, what we gonna do and err and then, you know, they’d breakdown again, so there was…”
00:42:25 1485 "Considering that Madeleine had disappeared, what did you think of their behaviour?”
Reply "(Sighs) I mean it, you know I, whatever, it, it seemed to be appropriate, I’ve never been in a position to see what people are normally like after, it seemed completely appropriate for what had happened and there wasn’t one moment you know that I thought that’s, you know oh crikey they’ve taken that well or you know, you’d expect them to be more upset than that or you know, (inaudible) expected it if you haven’t lived through that circumstances.”
1485 "I just want you to think about this one here now, what did you do between, I know you said that you did subsequent searches, but up until ten o’ clock the next morning, just tell me what you, just go through your movements.”
Reply "What, sorry, in the…”
1485 "Yeah so you’ve started to take part in the searches and you’ve taken part with Matt and Russell.”
Reply "Mm.”
1485 "You’ve done a bit of a loop of the…”
Reply "Yeah.”
1485 "Down to the Supermarket. Just tell me…”
Reply "I mean the…”
1485 "You went back, subsequently back to your apartment and then bedtime and then…”
Reply "Yeah I mean my, my, you know a lot of the movements you know the, initially with the sweep that I did straight away round the complex I was on, you know I did that on my own err you know, going up to the room, that bit I did on my own and where I swept down to the beach and walked along you know and shouted for Madeleine and seeing other people as I went along you know that was purely, I was running and I was doing that on my own. Then when I went back to the apartment, then swept up you know at some stage looking up at the, the area above the apartment to the side, looking in the rough err some rough land which was on the way to the err Millennium err where we ate, err and there was err bumped into Dan, he was looking, you know the tennis pro, looking there you know err I say that was another part of the search. In the meantime there was also, you know, discussion with Mark Warner people and the Police immediately outside the, err, the apartment err you know so there was, I can’t think of anything else to say.”
00:45:00 1485 "So when did you eventually go back to your apartment?”
Reply "Err…”
1485 "To sleep and…”
Reply "To go to sleep? We went back to the apartment about four, four thirty err we slept err you know we’d got err Sean and Amelie err over to the apartment, you know we’d got the bedding done for Kate and Gerry and then we went sleep, we woke up about six, six thirty err and then as I say, err, you know Kate and Gerry were err you know were already awake, not that they’d, you know, they’d slept sorry you know they were still awake and err you know they, they’d been out searching already looking to see what’s happening. Again I remember Kate very distraught you know, there was nobody outside the err apartments and you know and it just felt like time was just ticking by and you know nothing, you know appeared to be happening.”
1485 "And then you spoke to Yvonne MARTIN around about nine o’ clock you said.”
Reply "Mm.”
1485 "What did you do up until nine o’ clock?”
Reply "Err I remember we were hang, you know I was outside with, you know, with Kate quite a bit err just basically looking, seeing whether anything was happening, err outside, err I say there was, there was the local report and the news journalist who came up as well at some stage, then err then there was a correspondence between you know, with Robert MURAT and the err Police who err arrived and you know trying to find out what was going on. And then, you know, obviously we were gonna be going to the err Portimão Police Station and then you know we were waiting obviously for that to happen and err that’s about it really.”
00:47:03 1485 "Okay when did you leave Portugal?”
Reply "Err we stayed on for about another four weeks err after, err I can’t remember the exact err date that we left but towards the end of May.”
1485 "And did you see and meet Kate and Gerry?”
Reply "Yeah, I mean…”
1485 "During that time.”
Reply "I mean we, we, we tended to find that the best time to meet up with them was err in the evenings, that was you know they were trying to get through a hell of a lot of work, Gerry was you know, you know working away, was trying to err you know get things going and you know corresponding and ringing people and err the err the, the Police, err the liaison team who came out from Leicester you know when they initially came out I, you know I hooked up with Kate and Gerry and was you know part for the early meetings but then err Mike, you know Kate’s cousin, and err Johnny, you know they came out and they were, you know they were, spent a lot of their time around (inaudible) and then Trish and Sandy, so they ended up getting a very good team of people immediately around them who, you know, they certainly wanted their, their help from whether it be a practical err level err or advice, then you know they’d got, so we were just really felt that you know at the end of the day was the most appropriate time to catch up with them. I mean obviously, you know, the, the televised, you know when we went to the err church with err you know Kate and Gerry and err the rest of the group err so you know probably out of the, of the other couples there we, you know we tended to meet up most of the time in the evenings and then we would you know go back to the, err, the rest of the group and just, you know and try and give some information about what had happened to Madeleine you know. That’s what everything was about you know, what’s going on you know, was there any information you know, and, we tended you know to watch a lot of Sky news just to try and get any information that we possibly could about what was going on, err so that was kind of the main contact we had with them. Err probably around less than a week, or around a week after Madeleine had gone, you know we all met up as err a group and I think in our apartment they, you know wanted to just touch base with everybody you know we, we’d all been through that experience and Kate and Gerry wanted to you know, again in the, in the depths of despair that they would just see how everyone else was and just you know err, err, and just you know there was a real camaraderie, you know, mix of people who were there.”
00:49:55 1485 "Did the original group all stay till the same time as you?”
Reply "No we, we decided that we would stay out longer than err the other, you know Matt and Rachael and Russell and Jane, we didn’t think it was a, certainly it was appropriate that we all left together, it you know, I think no-one wanted to really leave, they wanted to stay there as long as they could and you know, and be a support for err Kate and Gerry but I think obviously you know, I think other events were taking over and really we, you know we were just, you know super, superfluous for requirements and it was just like groundhog day, we were just doing the same thing, you know every day, get up and then wait till the end of the day and err you know I think certainly others felt it was import, you know that as a, as a stage that they’d reached where they felt it was appropriate to leave. We certainly wanted to stay longer, you know, we were the, the main friends for Kate and Gerry out the group there and err we wanted to provide as much support as we, as we could and I think the other thing was that Gerry ended up coming back to the UK and we felt that it was a good time, you know, to support Kate and be there while he’d gone so that not everyone had gone.”
1485 "Yeah.”
00:51:14 Reply "Err because we felt that the people who had been through that experience were the only ones who could really know what it was it was like and err so you know and that’s the spot that we felt the bond, you know, with Kate and so we waited till he’d done that and then it seemed like err the right time for us to, to leave.”
1485 "We’re not far off now, during the holiday did you see Kate and Gerry speak to anybody unknown to yourself?”
Reply "At the, after Madeleine had gone or before?”
1485 "Before, before.”
Reply "Before, err they, they made friends with other people who were in the complex err who you know we don’t necessarily, we didn’t perhaps necessarily know they were at the time but as, as the week went on you know it was obvious who they were and err you know these were people that they were playing tennis with who they’d had lessons with err apart from that, you know, obviously all, all the nannies we got to know err there was no-one, you know there was a few people who were slightly more in the periphery who were the holiday makers there that we didn’t speak to as much, I might have seen Gerry speaking to them but you knew them, they were primarily, you know, people from the complex who were on holiday there. Err so there’s nobody you know you wouldn’t expect them to be talking with on a, on a holiday.”
1485 "Yeah.”
Reply "In that, in the situation.”
00:52:56 1485 "Did you see them in a car at all whilst you were in Portugal, prior to Madeleine disappearing?”
Reply "Err we all arrived you know at Praia Da Luz initially in the taxi err apart from that I can’t really recall.”
1485 "That’s it.”
Reply "I can’t recall err seeing you know err going anywhere in a car.”
1485 "Is there anything that you consider pertinent or relevant to establish the material truth?”
Reply "Err the, there are a few things but I don’t think this is the right forum for bringing those up.”
1485 "Okay. And finally, Mr PRIOR touched on the re-enactment earlier on, I think the re-re-enactment’s likely to take place either at the end of April or sometime in the middle of May. Do you see yourself attending?”
00:54:14 Reply "I will do anything in my powers that could be helpful to shed light on what happened to Madeleine or bring Madeleine back, or to change the status that Kate and Gerry find themselves in. Though saying that, we have concerns regarding going back err for a re-enactment and those points that we have you know raised in a letter which I believe is being forwarded to the Portuguese Police. Err what we would like to see is you know some detailed answers to those points and we would also like to know that everyone else is taking part in the re-enactment because if everyone wasn’t there then it doesn’t seem that its particularly err worthwhile and obviously you know, problems with the press, you know, which would become very prominent the past twenty four hours, you know I think we would certainly want some reassurances err to you know, just, it’ll address people to look at the letter that we all sent and if you’re kind enough to answer those in detail then that is a, you know, an answer that we would make in light of what the response was to those points.”
1485 "Okay.”
Reply "But I wouldn’t rule anything out.”
1485 "Okay. Is there anything else at this particular moment that you’d like to say?”
Reply "No.”
1485 "Okay. I make the time err sixteen twenty five.”
00:55:53 Male knocks at the door, DC MESSIAH leaves the interview room.
00:57:01 DC MESSIAH re-enters the interview room.
1485 "Just one quick question David, just, you know the, we talked about the phones earlier on.”
Reply "Yes.”
1485 "The number **, did you find that in your phone?”
Reply "Err I, I’ll have another look but I don’t think I did.”
1485 "Can you just have another look?”
Reply "Yeah.”
1485 "Yeah.”
Reply "So its **?”
1485 "Yeah.”
00:58:06 Reply "Err I can’t see it… I can’t see it in this phone no.”
1485 "Does the name SG mean anything to you?”
Reply "It does yeah, that’s my, err brother in-law, my other brother in-law, well my sister, sister’s husband.”
1485 "And where does he live?”
Reply "Err he lives, the, the phone number which you’ve got which is the **.”
1485 "Yeah.”
Reply "That’s, err, he lives there.”
1485 "Market Harborough?”
Reply "Market Harborough yes, and sometimes it is easier just to chat and, you know if they were out and about on his mobile, he uses that one more, so I’m more likely to chat with my sister.”
1485 "Does he work in London at all?”
Reply "He does yes.”
1485 "And obviously the calls on the fourth of the fifth at eight o nine and at nine fifty one and at ten fifteen, ten sixteen I beg your pardon, on the fourth, two calls and one text message. What, can you remember what the nature of those calls were?”
Reply "Err what to S, to Ss phone?”
1485 "Yeah.”
Reply "Err…”
1485 "Or S called you I believe.”
Reply "Yeah, err I mean, the general gist of it was how, you know how are you doing you know what’s going on, err and is there any help that you know you can have, you know that was generally the gist of the text and things. I mean I can find exactly, if I can find them on my phone or I can let you have them, but you know it was just obviously my sister, she was very concerned and she was doing everything that she could to be supportive towards obviously Kate and Gerry.”
1485 "Okay, well thanks for that. Okay then, I’m gonna switch the tapes off now, it’s now sixteen thirty, just (inaudible) sixteen thirty.”
01:00:40 Male knocks at the door, DC MESSIAH leaves the interview room.
01:02:37 DC MESSIAH re-enters the room.
1485 "You thought we’d finished didn’t you.”
Reply "I know.”
1485 "(Laughs)”
Reply "Not quite.”
1485 "Not quite, no. Not long now to go. Okay, I’m just gonna go over these, this phone issue again.”
Reply "Yeah, yeah.”
1485 "I just, there’s just some areas that I’ve been asked to point out, or been asked to speak to you about.”
Reply "Yeah.”
1485 "Who lent you these phones that SA had organised for you?”
Reply "Err I mean, S brother err is a gentleman called Nand N’s wife N had got friends out in the Algarve and they were just you know basic people who were just willing to help us in whatever capacity it was, whether we wanted a room for the night or anything and they asked is there anything we can do, err whether they could do, and err and that was, you know, that was one thing we said well actually you know err Kate’s phone’s nearly ran out, we’re sat, we don’t know how long we’re gonna be at the Police Station you know could, you know, can they, you know is there any way of getting phones to us just so that you know, we can, for communication. Err and err so that was, that was a capacity really err of people.”
01:04:02 1485 "And where were these phones, when did these phones arrive?”
Reply "Err when did we get the phones? When we were at the Police Station, err you know as, you know I just asked whether I could just pop downstairs there was someone who’s brought us phones and they said yeah, so I quickly popped downstairs, got the phones, and took them back into the Police Station. Err I can’t remember if there was any power in them when we opened them up but err so then that was, you know, so the phones were just, you know because we hadn’t got any other, anything there, so.”
1485 "And what phones were they? Do you remember what sort of, what make they were?”
Reply "Err they were Samsung phones, err and I think they were Vodaphone SIM cards. Err the actual model, I can’t tell you the Samsung phone but they were, something like the Samsung three hundred, something like that.”
1485 "Yeah, how many phones were there?”
Reply "There was, there was two err and we ended up, err again, we ended up keeping one and Kate and Gerry had one, I think we gave the second one to Kate and Gerry as well after a while but we were err you know because they’d got credit put on to them so we were just using those phones rather than run up the expense of our own phones.”
1485 "Yeah.”
01:05:33 Reply "So err yeah.”
1485 "So the two phones, you’ve kept one and gave one to Kate and Gerry?”
Reply "Kate and Gerry yeah.”
1485 "And do you have the numbers of those phones in your phone?”
Reply "I don’t, no, no.”
1485 "Where are these phones now?”
Reply "Err as far as I am aware that they, you know, remained in Portugal, again…”
1485 "With whom?”
Reply "With Kate and Gerry.”
1485 "So Kate and Gerry took possession of that second phone which you had?”
Reply "Well, they certainly kept the first one, the second one, the second one, sorry, no I think that’s rubbish. I think I, I may well have got the, I might have got the second phone. Actually I’ve got a sneaky feeling when I got home I tried the UK SIM card in it and it didn’t work so I could well have got the second phone.”
1485 "So is it likely that this second phone is at your home address?”
Reply "Err that is a strong possibility.”
1485 "So two Samsung phones.”
Reply "Yeah, yeah.”
1485 "One is, to your knowledge, still with Kate and Gerry.”
Reply "Yeah.”
1485 "The other one you may well have at your home address.”
Reply "Yeah, yeah.”
1485 "Did you use the phones often?”
Reply "Not…”
1485 "In Portugal?”
Reply "Not a great deal no, no, it was, it was, first of all you know we didn’t have any numbers in them already and then with being a Portuguese phone you know it was just a bit more difficult so we, if we ever used them, I mean which wasn’t often, we’d perhaps call Kate and Gerry using the Portuguese phone, but it wasn’t a kind of religious oh we’ll just use the, that Portuguese phone to err you know establish communication.”
1485 "Yeah.”
01:07:23 Reply "Err you know and the other reason that we, we had the, one of the phones is because Fiona didn’t have a phone either so you know, so it’s like she had the use of the other phone as well.”
1485 "Right, so out of the two of you then, who predominantly used that phone?”
Reply "I’d say Fiona.”
1485 "Fiona?”
Reply "Yeah.”
1485 "And has it been used since it’s been in the UK?”
Reply "No.”
1485 "Okay, okay.”
Reply "And I’m just trying to think you know how much, you know the, the, I can’t remember you know obviously we were there for four weeks after but when the actual credit ran out, because I remember the credit running out and not being able to actually put anymore on even though it’s supposed to be quite straight forward but again, you know whether that was after, you know, three weeks of being out there or whatever I can’t remember.”
1485 "Yeah, how many times do you think you topped it up then?”
Reply "I don’t, I don’t think we did, I don’t think I did. I don’t think I could work out how to do it to be honest.”
1485 "So when both of them arrived both of them had credit on them?”
Reply "They put, I think they put, I think err I think they put forty pound credit or forty euros, you know, which seemed to last a lot longer than the amount of credit we were (inaudible) we were using our own err mobile phones.”
1485 "Just wait there a second I’ll just (inaudible).”
Reply "Okay.”
01:08:40 DC MESSIAH leaves the interview room.
01:09:00 DC MESSIAH re-enters the interview room.
1485 "All done.”
Reply "Okay.”
1485 "The phone, is it likely that I could collect it when I take you home?”
Reply "I can certainly have a look for it and I can give you, I mean if you, if you wanted to have my other mobile phone with all the numbers in and you know if you can access text messages on that you’re welcome to have that phone.”
1485 "Okay, do you know where you’d be able to put your hand on it if you…”
Reply "Err the Samsung one, again, there was a Vodaphone bag that was knocking around, and that would be where it is if err I can find it. Fiona might know.”
1485 "Okay, perhaps you could give her a call or something.”
Reply "Yeah, yeah.”
1485 "Alright then, it’s now sixteen forty on this date.”
01:09:48 The interview ceased at 1640 hours when the tape recorder was switched off.


Di said...

Hi Viv

Well my mind is well and truly frazzled after reading that.

I still can't help feeling there is something in the fact that we know someone was missing from the table each evening for the whole evening, supposedly ill.

Did this actually happen or is it a well rehearsed theory.

I will never forget the meeting in the Hotel, supposedly to get their stories straight and also Clarence warning them that they were being bugged. How did Clarence get away with this?

Wizard said...

The first thing that struck me from Payne’s statement is the days leading up to the 3rd May he has difficulty remembering anything that happened plus seems to have difficulty stringing coherent sentences together. When he comes to 3rd May it appears obvious that he has been well rehearsed on what happened and is almost fluent in comparison.

From this statement it makes me realise a policemans lot is not a happy one. What a rambling load of cr@p to have to sit and listen to. I notice that the police were using a two way mirror with other officers behind the mirror monitoring the process. This did not happen with the others did it??

Payne was very anxious about something imo because of all the unnecessary descriptive rambling - no wonder it took so long. He says when he booked he wanted all the apartments together – not an unusual request – but it makes me wonder as Kate says “they were all into one another”.

viv said...

Well Di, you must have a tougher consitution than me, because all I can ever do with that, is just read a bit at a time because it is such a heavy read and I am constantly thinking look at the questions he is asking, the import of those and the long winded broken and quite bizarre responses he gets.

I have often thought it is very odd they keep going on about sickness and diarhorrea because Portugal is just not a country you would keep getting that particular affliction, at all! I do not believe there was one of them sick every nigth at all, either they were babysitting or something else. I think the McCann kids were the only ones genuinely left alone, we know Rachel said she spent the one night in and there are other nights where they just do not seem to want to explain what was going on. If I recall OB studiously keeps missing talking about the Monday night, he just does not want to go there.

How much pressure did Gerry bring to bear to get them to attend that meeting in the hotel? These are people who it seems to me, even when on holiday with him, avoided him. Supposedly that night, 3 May, they were all to go play in a mens' game with him at 6 pm and yet Pamalam on 3 As has now published the CCTV pics of them all in the Paraiso restaurant on the beach and at 6.13 pm all the men can still be seen standing there but at 6.36 it is just the women. So clearly they were in no rush to go meet with the Gerry one. Then we know that both the Oldfields and TAnner/OB completely moved away from the area and payne has changed hospital area so he no longer has anything to do with Gerry in his working life. These seem to be people who just do not want anything to do with him but they attended that meeting. I do not think kate was unpopular from everything you read it is him, he is lewd, brash, domineering it would seem, even in company which grates!

Speaking of bugging it seemed so pointed the group would not attend the Mcs house for the meeting, maybe they just would not go there anyway because they do not wish to be seen to associate, maybe there was a real fear the Mcs house would be bugged and that stands a good chance!

As for Clarence how do we know that is true? I just wonder about that. But I have seen a photo of him going back to Portugal with Gerry on 20 May and they both looked very pally together. It just makes you wonder at what point precisely Gerry came to know Clarence? It would probably have not been too difficult for Clarence to put himself forward as one of those who ought to be sent on this mission. Sherree Dodd etc knew how to behave herself!


viv said...

Wiz, I can say from my own experience of offenders, the ones with really serious personality disorder go into mind numbing triva and detail because they just want to bury the real issues. I think OB got special treatment from the police as well, he even had to turn up on two separate days and again, just went on and on and on with the breaks and pauses mid sentence, changing direction and making the sentence incoherent and illogical. Something pretty serious going on with these two, but Payne possibly seems even worse.


viv said...

Russell, err who I knew through, he was in my year at medical school, err subsequently obviously I knew Jane through Russell. Err in terms of Kate and Gerry, we knew, Fiona had worked with Kate and that’s how I got to know Kate and Gerry,

What was he going to say Russell who I knew through? Was this someone he quickly decided he was not going to mention? He did not have to know him through anyone did he, if he was in the same year with him at med school?

This is what I find particularly dodgy about him and his mate Russell, they often pull themselves up in mid sentence. It is easy to see the thought processes going on there, oh no, don't go there!

viv said...

Speaking of the social worker and David Payne, following the release of the interview with Goncalo Amaral yesterday where he alludes to the possibility of sex offending this story below sheds lights on that. It says Brit Police had a witness stmt from 15 May but never passed it on until after Goncalo was removed from the investigation.

Those lawyers for Kate and Gerry studying Goncalo's book since last July seem very slow, but maybe kate and gerry do not want them to open up a hornet's nest about sex offenders and the like. Of course Clarence said legal action would be swift and immediate, might as well just shut up Clarence, you make such a fool of yourself, no properly trained PR, no lawyer, "we" are not impressed. Oh, this is a Liverpool paper that affirms the McCanns were "formally cleared", I think the Portuguese AG would beg to differ on that one, and of course British Agencies who have continued to investigate them and their "friends", four of whom it was reported last October the police were specifically interested in due to discrepancies in their accounts: David Payne, Russell O'Brien, Jane Tanner and Mat Oldfield - he said he checked Maddie at 9.30 which was obviously a lie.

Madeleine McCann's parents consult lawyers over detective's book

Jul 23 2008

Kate and Gerry McCann were consulting lawyers today after the publication of extracts from a book by a former senior Portuguese detective containing allegations against them.

Goncalo Amaral, former head of the investigation into the disappearance of the couple’s daughter Madeleine, affirms that the young girl died in her family’s holiday flat.

His book, entitled The Truth Of The Lie, will be published tomorrow but excerpts were printed in the Portuguese paper Correio da Manha today.

The McCanns were formally cleared of involvement in Madeleine’s disappearance on Monday, when prosecutors lifted their status as “arguidos”, or formal suspects.

They say they will continue to believe their daughter is alive until given firm evidence to the contrary, and their lawyers are now scrutinising Mr Amaral’s book.

McCann family spokesman Clarence Mitchell said today: “Mr Amaral will face immediate and swift legal action if he in any way implies, either directly or indirectly, that Kate and Gerry were involved in the disappearance or harming of their daughter.

“Beyond that I will not comment. The lawyers will be studying Mr Amaral’s book as a matter of some urgency.”

In an extract published today Mr Amaral claimed that British police held back a potentially important lead for six months.

He wrote that a serious allegation was passed on to Leicestershire Police on May 16 2007, less than a fortnight after Madeleine disappeared.

But he alleged that the UK force did not communicate the information to their Portuguese counterparts until after he was removed from the case in October.

Mr Amaral wrote: “This raises a legitimate question: why did the British police apparently hide that witness statement for six months?”

viv said...

Copied from previous thread Yvonne Martin interviews and Goncalo Amaral.

It is Yvonne Martin who Goncalo is referring to she says she gave a stmt to police around two weeks after the disappearance so that would be roughly 15 May and she also confirms she contacted Brit Police. It seems to me Payne must have already been known to Brit Police or they just thought given there were leaks coming from somewhere it was just too risky to pass it on...they knew from a very early stage what they were dealing with, did they keep this from Goncalo Amaral, it would seem that way.

Yvonne says Payne spoke with a South England accent - PLYMOUTH DEVON is listed as an area where she has previously worked, I wonder if that is where she knows him from and where Payne does hail from?

23 February 2009
Exclusive Interview with Former PJ Coordinator Gonçalo Amaral

"The political will does not exist; there is no political will to reopen at the moment, because if there was a political will it would mean that there was a political will before the process was closed, in order to continue the investigation. And when a process of this type is archived, with so many diligences to take care of, with so many facts that needed clarification, that’s because there was no will to continue the investigation and that was clear when we left the investigation on the 2nd of October [2007]." Gonçalo Amaral in Vigo, October 2008

video to follow

A collaborative interview by Duarte Levy, Joana Morais, Astro and Mercedes

All Rights Reserved © Joana Morais 2009

Transcript & Translation

Duarte Levy: You have now seen that the Constitutional Court has authorised the use of phone taps in the [football corruption] “Golden Whistle” case. Do you think it would be possible to see the same happening in the McCann case, taking into account that the judge didn’t authorise access to the registers and taps that were carried out at that time?

Gonçalo Amaral: The issue is not the permission to access the phone taps. He didn’t authorize the access to information concerning the text messages. That is related to a bureaucratic matter. When those text messages took place, there was no phone surveillance. The understanding of that judge… to access that information, that data, there would have to be a duly authorised phone tap first, it’s a procedural matter. Some think it’s not like that, others have a different understanding, the Public Ministry did not appeal the decision of the Appeals Court, and therefore the case was tried and closed.

DL: Did the PJ ever read the contents of those text messages?

GA: Yes it did. Later on, when it was not very interesting anymore. What was at stake was the situation of the national service providers.

DL: During the first phase of the inquiry, after the disappearance of Madeleine, the PJ offered the McCanns a mobile phone with a Portuguese chip that the McCanns never used. On the other hand, they used two phone numbers that were supplied to them by Portuguese friends. Were those phones under surveillance?

GA: That phone that was offered to them, was the one that was tapped, right? That phone was for them to receive calls, this was during those diligences that were related with possible extortions, from the Dutch and the Spanish and it was to find out, for them to give that number when necessary, when they were asked for a contact number and a way to listen into the conversation with the possible abductor asking for money. It’s a perfectly normal procedure. As for the other phones that they may have used, I do not know about that.

DL: In the case, during the first weeks, in some reports, in some cases similar to this one, with the same resemblances, often the parents are advised not to publicise the case, based on the principle that this publicity can place the child’s life at risk. Were the two first press conferences that were held by the McCanns carried out with the agreement, the authorization from the PJ?

GA: No. The same happened in this case. They were advised not to publicise and to be careful with the press. And the person who did that right away wasn’t even from the PJ, but a member of the English social services, who had been working in that area for 25 years, working with endangered children, with abuse situations, who was on vacation in the area, in Praia da Luz, who on the very morning of the 4th [of May] contacts the couple and alerts them to that. But she is thrown out of the house, we can say.

DL: At which point in time did you consider the McCanns to be suspects?

GA: Let’s see: In terms of suspicion, from the very first hour. The procedures in this type of case are to find out who the persons are, who the missing person is, in this case the missing child, and to find out all the antecedents. And now the first question that is asked from the English authorities, from the British police forces, is that one. Who were the parents, that group of people, and who was the child, was she the target of abuse, was she not. Then, it evolves, it’s a formal procedure, its general for all cases and when the first statements are made, that’s the day when we start to suspect that something is wrong. Things evolved, they were suspects until we reached the work of the English dogs and then the suspicions ultimately became indicia [evidence].

DL: During that whole phase, and until you were removed from the field, the English policemen that were in Praia da Luz, how was the cooperation with them? Was there actually cooperation?

GA: Yes. The cooperation was very tight, very intense; there are no doubts about that.

DL: So which part of the English authorities originated that blockade?

GA: That is certainly, and it was, coming from the top of the English hierarchy.

DL: The English policemen were invited to sign a confidentiality document. At the PJ, is that a normal procedure?

GA: No. And it’s not normal with the English police, either. It is normal in cases with the secret services, and that document is signed right at the beginning. Now with normal police, doing criminal investigation, that doesn’t happen.

DL: Concerning participations from outside of this case, it is normal for the ambassador, this has happened before in the Algarve, unfortunately, other cases involving British citizens. Is it normal for the ambassador to travel there?

GA: No. Neither in British cases nor non-British cases, they don’t have that responsibility. What is normal is for the information to be relayed by the consulate, that is what happens and only then the ambassador may come. And now we think that the ambassador came right away because of those initial suspicions and the first requests that were made which indicated that we suspected the couple, and he intervened in a manner that is not normal. He should have stayed in Lisbon, at the police’s National Directory, speaking with the National Director and not on location. And him leaving Portimão then led to a communiqué that the PJ somehow was “committed” to the abduction theory.

DL: Concerning other individuals that were connected with this case, the appearance of Brian Kennedy, namely during the meeting that he held with Murat, did the PJ ever find out about the purpose of that meeting?

GA: I was not in the investigation anymore during that phase, I had already left, but I know that this gentleman has gone as far as meeting people from the PJ after I left, which is not correct. Even more so because that gentleman brought certain Spanish detectives with him. That behaviour from the PJ’s senior officials in not the most acceptable one.

DL: Concerning not only this case, or other cases, how seriously could the events of the Madeleine case affect future cases?

GA: Well, in this case, like in all other cases, they affect the future [cases]. We have to learn from our mistakes and from the difficulties that we experienced. For example, in an earlier case, from 2004, the so-called “Joana case”, a disappearance as well, us investigators requested for the National Directory of the Police to intervene in a manner that would produce new regulations, new procedures for this type of inspection, to treat these disappearances. For example, there’s a very important issue. The disappearance in itself, when you go to a police station, or to the GNR or to the PJ, for missing persons, there is no specific competence for missing persons. There is no process for that. We have to investigate everything. The disappearance may or may not be related to a criminal situation and the issue may be whose competence is this? This has to be defined very quickly, we have been talking about that for a long time, over many cases and so far, nothing has been done about that. To define the competence from the outset. In all cases, the competence should be, at least in children’s cases, the PJ’s. Because many times what is at really the issue is that the disappearance has the parents’ intervention, in situations of divorce and there is a need and they take the children abroad, because it is the PJ that has the competence and the contacts on an international level, namely with Interpol, so the PJ dominates those channels for international cooperation, and from there, right away these cases should be the PJ’s competence, but that has not been defined. This leads to an initial intervention by the criminal police force that is informed of the disappearance. It’s always an intervention, almost always a disastrous intervention, because the more time goes by, the more pieces of evidence, opportunities to collect evidence are lost and only at a much later moment in time the PJ appears. When one thinks it’s an abduction, normally that’s what happens, it’s an abduction, it’s the PJ’s competence, nobody mentions a homicide or a voluntary disappearance, what is mentioned is abduction then it’s the PJ, and when we intervene it’s at a latter moment.

What happened in this case of Madeleine, we were called almost when the disappearance took place, only a few hours later, but still things went wrong. Why did they go wrong? Because there is a lack of said procedures concerning these situations. And this sensibility that many investigators have, to understand that an abduction is actually the theft of a person, but it cannot be handled like any theft. For example, all possibilities must be kept open, from a voluntary disappearance to, effectively, abduction, or homicide, or the death of the child. Therefore, it is necessary for the PJ to create this very quickly, I think they are doing that, I don’t think actually, I certain of it, there is already a commission that has been nominated to do that, to define those rules and those procedures for us to act. In my book I even mention it would be enough to follow the English, what the British authorities have concerning these situations. They have much more cases in situations of this type, don’t they? With the number of times that this happens in Portugal, maybe it doesn’t lead to, it hasn’t been that essential element that would lead the Police’s National Directory, or the Ministry of Justice to care for it, to feel the need for these new procedures. That’s where, that’s the manner in which it so often interferes. When there is a likelihood, the PJ acts. The PJ cannot be measured by one case. A PJ is measured through its entire history which is vast and includes many success cases, it is in fact one of the most successful police forces, on an international level, and also in this area of missing children, a very high success rate.

DL: In the Madeleine McCann case, who made the decision to send the analyses to Birmingham, to the FSS? In Portugal there is the National Institute [Forensic Medicine].

GA: This is the question. At that point in time, we were already feeling the pressure of the British media, we felt incompetent, that was what they said, and anything that we might do, would be questioned. It was a political decision by the PJ, but which was understandable at that point in time and it is still understandable now because it was a way of compromising, an attempt to compromise a British institution with the results that were to be found. If you ask me now if I would do the same today, I don’t think I would. Maybe there would be another laboratory, or at least, I wouldn’t have sent all the samples to that laboratory. But I can also tell you that at the IML, the Institute for Forensics Medicine, there was not the full capacity to carry out all of these tests, namely the low copy number analyses. Only in England, at this laboratory or at other laboratories outside of the country. We could have chosen another laboratory, but we opted for this one. It was a disaster. The decision was not disastrous; it was the tests that were disastrous to say the least.

DL: But do those samples still exist?

GA: No. They have all been destroyed. From the hair samples, it’s all been destroyed. There is a situation that is reported that is the following: there are several hairs, lots of hair is found in the car boot, in the car that was rented 23 days later, a comparison is made in terms of colour and colouration where they say yes indeed, these could be from the little girl, but then the laboratory says that they don’t manage, it doesn’t have any roots, they cannot define the DNA, they cannot define whether it’s from a living or a dead person, and when a team of Portuguese investigators go to the lab, accompanied by a Portuguese scientist, Dr. Francisco Corte Real, they ask for that hair, they went as far as holding that hair in their hands. And they had that hair, duly stored, that package with the hair, but then a report from the FSS appears in which they realize that they’d better keep them, and that later on they destroyed them in an attempt to define the DNA, or to discover whether it was from a living person or not, and they destroyed all of that hair. It’s a bit hard to understand how in order to define the DNA, or to carry out another test, such a quantity of hair has to be used, like there existed in Portugal as well, and then it wasn’t possible to perform analyses of other types, namely the possibility of sedatives that the little girl might have ingested or was forced to ingest.

DL: Among the English officers that participated in this case, there’s Stuart Prior, to what extent can we today, after you left the case, with everything that the press has already published from part of the Public Ministry’s process, to what extent can we say today that Stuart Prior cooperated in this case, or not?

GA: Stuart Prior initially appears, he appears as number 2 or number 3 of the British police. The senior officer…, who had a meeting with us, and the first person to come to Portugal on a personal level is him, he always had lots of contacts and interest in the investigation. Stuart Prior appears during a phase, later in Portugal, first it was in England. I particularly wouldn’t like to be in his shoes, with the options that he made in terms of the investigation, and not only that, in his political knowledge. He is a good policeman, he cooperated vastly with us, but it was him who said that he had arrested people in England with much less. So he probably knew the value of these indicia that already existed, but as to whether he made good options, only he can answer those questions.

DL: Last question, at this moment in time, in order to reopen the process, what elements are needed, or what could reopen the process and to what extent do you think that there is a political will in Portugal to do it?

GA: Now a process of this kind that is archived like this and remains waiting for better evidence, it needs just that: new elements of evidence, which means, new data. There are situations in the process which in our opinion have not been taken into account, which have not even been read or became known to those who had the duty to know it. Namely that statement from the couple of English doctors who mention a vacation in Mallorca, those situations where there were gestures and words indicating the existence of a child molester within that group of people who were on vacation and not even that was taken into account, because they didn’t read it, they had no knowledge. I cannot believe that they read such statements and passed over them.

If eventually those persons would make a new statement, again, with other details, certainly there are details that they didn’t remember, the process might be reopened. But also other data, other situations that might lead to the reopening of the process, namely someone from within the group may come to talk about something, for example, the invention of the surveillance scheme; it would have to be reopened. There are situations, like the FSS’s work, if some report appears, which might exist, that in fact there were not only 15 alleles but more than 15 alleles from the little girl’s DNA profile, situations of this type have to lead to the reopening of the process.

The political will does not exist; there is no political will to reopen at the moment, because if there was a political will it would mean that there was a political will before the process was closed, in order to continue the investigation. And when a process of this type is archived, with so many diligences to take care of, with so many facts that needed clarification, that’s because there was no will to continue the investigation and that was clear when we left the investigation on the 2nd of October [2007]. That will was lacking, what was necessary was to archive the process, there was a strong will to archive the process. Now, it will be very difficult for the process to be reopened but every citizen has a word to say and there are ways to intervene with the Attorney General in a manner that the process is reopened


all the gen on Yvonne Martin and erm, er, David Payne who I just do not think for one minute is safe around children. The one who likes to book all these group holidays with his mates and of course their little children who get dumped and hid from, apart from when it suits him.


Places Worked:
1. Gateshead, Tyne & Wear
2. Southshields, Tyne & Wear
3. Newcastle, Tyne & Wear
4. York, North Yorkshire
5. Hull, Kingston Upon Hull
6. North Tyneside, Tyne & Wear
7. Plymouth, Devon

Date of Diligence: 2007/11/14
Time: 10H30
Locale: DIC Portimao
Entity that presides:
Functionary that executes:

Parent(s): Patricia Warren
Country: U.K.
Residence: E*************
Civil Status: Divorced
Profession: Social Services and Protection of Minors Manager

? Comes to the process as a witness
? Is accompanied by interpreter Filipa Maria da Conceicao Silva
? The deponent has already given a deposition to this police regarding the facts in question with said diligence realised 13-06-2007. The deponent confirms in the integrity of that deposition.
? The attached page (see above) was also added to this deposition. Said page describes the locales where the deponent has carried out her professional functions in relation to social services and the protection of minors. She confirms that this list is correct.
? States that in the discourse of her contact with Madeleine's parents, which she describes with detail in her previous declarations, Kate told her the child had been taken by a couple. She did not have the opportunity to probe this question nor any other.
? What she states in respect of the individual who was close to Madeleine's parents when she met with them, and who was later identified as David Payne, reaffirms that the same individual seems familiar, possibly as this same individual was involved in a situation related to a professional activity of the deponent. She clarifies that on that occasion, nor now that time has passed, could she remember concretely the locale or the situation in which she may have come to know David Payne. She continues to think that the same individual is known to her but cannot state the particular situation. She adds that she may have come to know him professionally through work, potentially having been colleagues at work but she cannot be certain where she would have known him.
? States that around two weeks after Madeleine's disappearance, at a time when the police asked people to come forward with information about a man, carrying a child, was seen in the Luz zone, and whose clothing was described, she wrote an anonymous letter to the British police, given them the following information: regarding the various details which I observed in contact with the McCann's? it is her opinion that they may be involved in the disappearance of Madeleine. She first found them aggressive. After she showed Madeleine's parents her credentials, they also seemed strange. After this she was informed that there were no signs of a break-in in the apartment. Knowing that they are doctors she found it absolutely normal that they left their children alone at home. Associating this with her professional experience, which tells her that in 99.99 percent of cases of children's disappearance, the parents or other family members are involved, she felt it her duty to inform the police of this. She did this anonymously because she did not want to be harassed by the media. But she also states that according to what she remembers, when she met with Madeleine's parents, David Payne, who was with them, wore a dark polo, blue or black in colour, cream coloured long trousers, of linen or cotton material, and dark shoes (sandal/slipper type with a back buckle/catch). In her opinion, this clothing fits perfectly with what the Police described the man (carrying the child) to be wearing at the time. All these coincidences made the deponent think that the parents and their friends could be involved in the disappearance of the child.
? She declares that one of her principal claims when she wrote the anonymous letter is that the British police checked paedophile registers or child abusers and if David Payne was on that list.
? And nothing more was said?.
Volume IX, pages 3422 to 3424
To: Mr. Coordinator of the Criminal Investigation, Dr. Goncalo Amaral
From: Jose Monteiro, Inspector

Re: Collection of Information

In the sequence of information transmitted to this Police, on this date, we went to the residence of Yvonne Warren Martin, holder of British passport no. 7*********, situated in E *************, no. **********, contactable via mobile no, *************to receive further clarification of the details following. The team was composed of the signator and Carlos Antunes.

? On May 04, 2007, around 07H00 she found out about the disappearance following a report on Sky News or BBC.
? She has practised her profession for 25 years, in the area of protection of minors, and felt it her duty to offer help to her compatriots and went to Praia da Luz.
? Around 09H00, she met the McCann couple next to the apartment from where the child disappeared, accompanied by a third person, of the masculine sex, who seemed very familiar to her.
? This third person of the group appeared to be an intimate of the family as he was the one who, when the media surrounded them, began talking and answering questions. Following this, she further confirmed his closeness to the family when she saw him taking care of the couple?s twins, also minors.
? She identified herself and presented her credentials and immediately began talking to the mother of the missing child as she was visibly upset with the situation.
? During the conversation the mother told her that she did not understand why a couple had abducted her daughter.
? However, the third element overheard this conversation and interrupted Ms. Martin and took the McCann couple away from her.
? This same element came, a small time afterwards to tell her that the couple did not want to talk to her any further and did not require her help?an action that appeared to her very strange.
? However, she heard commentaries next to the complex reception that the British Consul was coming to the locale and according to this person in order to offer his/her help.
? During this time, she again saw the third element two more times: the first time, he was accompanying an older woman and the McCann twins, demonstrating a confidence that the couple had entrusted in him the care of their two children. The second, he accompanied what appeared to her to be police elements.

--YVONNE describes the third element as follows:
--Around 35 years of age
--Being around 1,80 metres in height
--Of normal physical appearance
--Having dark, short hair
--Uses glasses of small dimensions and rectangular in length
--Has a round face
--Presents with a scar above his eyebrow and on his left cheek
--Speaks with a South England accent
--Was wearing light trousers, or colour cream or beige, and a dark polo

? At home after this event, and after watching television, she saw the same individual and this time, concluded that that face was familiar to her in her professional circles (protection of minors). She was not able to discern if he was a suspect/arguido or witness
? Clarifies that she is capable of identifying photographically the individual, also adding that with the identified photo one can also access the database of the British Police to ascertain if the same is related to any crimes against children

To bring this to your attention,


Jose Monteiro
Volume XIII, to 3425 to 3428
Date: 2007.06.14
Time: 12H00

Country: U.K.
Residence: E*********, no. *****. A********
Civil Status: ************
Profession: Social Services and Protection of Minors Manager

? Deponent is accompanied by an interpreter
? Has lived in Portugal for seven years, and works part-time. That said, she lives for some months in her home in S***** and for the rest of the year lives in England, where she works.
? In the past month of May or more precisely on the 04th of May 2007, the deponent was in Portugal, enjoying holidays, when at 07H00 turned on the television to an English news channel (BBC or SKY NEWS) and there viewed a an appeal for British citizens in the Algarve to offer all the help possible to a British couple who were holidaying in Praia da Luz and whose daughter, a minor, had gone missing since May 03, 2007.
? As she works directly with situation of children at risk, and as she found herself very close to Praia da Luz, she went to the location with the intent of offering her help and support to the couple. She got there around 09H30.
? Clarifies that she did not immediately head out to Praia da Luz as she still had some things to do at home but left around 09H00.
? Initially, she did not locate the exact site where the family was staying. At seeing a patrol car which passed by her, she asked those police if they could point her to the right location. She was accompanied by the patrol care until the apartment from where the child had disappeared and where the parents were located.
? At the locale, she found a group of three people, two of the masculine sex and one female.
? She went over to the group and identified herself.
? Two elements of that group, a male and the other female, identified themselves as the parents of the missing child?the couple McCann.
? The couple were visibly upset, and the mother was crying intensely.
? The third person never identified himself. The deponent asked who he was and the couple responded that he was a close friend of the family.
? She adds that this third person appeared familiar to her.
? Taking advantage of the facts she had heard of the disappearance via the news channel, she began questioning the couple how often they had checked on the children. The couple responded that people would go to see them every hour.
? As is normal and routine in her service, she questioned whether Gerry was the biological father of the missing child, and the response was yes.
? She clarifies that she asked this questions because in the course of her 25 years of service working with minors at risk, it is very normal that when a couple has children and where the father or the mother is not a biological parent, this person may have a tendency to come and get his/her child.
? After having obtained the verbal response from Gerry, the mother, Kate, questioned what was she doing asking such questions as these should be asked by the police, and who should have already been at the locale in large numbers looking for her daughter, who was taken by a couple.
? At this moment, the deponent began noting that the couple began questioning her and she immediately showed them her official documents and credentials issued by the British government to help calm them.
? Gerry took her documents and showed them to the third person and told him that they were authentic and had police certification.
? At this moment, the deponent wishes to clarify that, in England, whatever element who works with children, be it doctor, police, social worker, has to have a proper credential certified by the police and it was this document that she showed to the McCanns.
? She found it strange that Kate would have spoken to her of her daughter being taken by a couple. She tried to separate the couple so as to speak with greater privacy. She suggested to them to go inside the apartment. Kate aggressively rejected this idea and told her that they could speak on the street.
? The deponent then questioned is anyone from the Medical Centre had already contacted them as she was very agitated and needed some support. She responded that they had not.
? At this point, Kate told her that her daughter had already been missing for 13 hours. It was around 10 in the morning.
? Meanwhile a fourth individual came towards the group and identified himself as a journalist. The deponent alerted the couple to the type of declarations that they would transmit and that it would be better for them to maintain silence.
? At this moment, the third person, who was always near the couple and the deponent, told them in a whispering voice that the three had been talking for some time.
? After this, and leaving the couple behind him, he came next to the deponent and told her that the couple no longer were available to speak.
? As she noted earlier, this third person of the group is familiar to her, and thinks that she may have come across him in the course of her work as an arguido/suspect or as a witness.
? She describes him as a bit tallish, of about 1,80 m, about 35 years old, of normal physical complexion, short hair, dark in colour, with a round face and with a scar on the left side of his face which runs from part of the eyebrow to the check. He uses graduated glasses of small dimensions and with rectangular lenses. He spoke with a south England accent and was wearing cream coloured trouser and a dark polo.
? Questioned whether that it would be possible to identify him via a picture or in person, the deponent responds yes.
? She adds that, after having spoken to the McCann couple, she spoke with the resort manager, where after being identified, questioned him as to whether there had been a break-in in the apartment where the child stayed. He responded no but the door was open as were the blinds to the window, which, according to Kate, should have been closed but were found open.
? And nothing more was said.

viv said...

Joana Morais pointed out today on 3 As that the DVD file only covers the investigation up until Oct 07 when Goncalo Amaral was removed from the investigation, nothing else has been revealed. I think the real secrets in this case have been kept under strict wraps, sex offending. If Maddie is still alive, they will be looking for her and if and when she is found, there will be arrests, that is what it looks like to me. She comes first - naturally!

Wizard said...

Amaral tell us in the interview with 24 hours that Stuart Prior said the information collected against Madeleine’s parents was such that he had arrested people in England for a lot less.

Very true imo – no wonder there are so many conspiracy theories aired in this case it just doesn’t add up. He also says the possibility of the existence of a child abuser within the T9 was never checked out! Beggers belief.

Di said...

Hi Viv

I had no idea the information released in the files was only up to Oct 07. It would be very interesting to see what has been held back.

Di said...

Hi Wizard

I also cannot believe the possibility of a child abuser amongst the tapas was not checked out.

Yvonne Martin also asked for D Payne to be checked to see if he was on a list of paedophiles but heard nothing more. Someone was not happy to go down this route it would appear.

nancy said...

Di -

I would have thought that Yvonne Martin, if she is a bona fide Social Worker, would have access to the list of paedophiles in the UK, as part of her work in looking after vulnerable children, although I'm not certain of course.

Viv -

Reading David Paynes statement in full has left me fairly frazzled too, and I would just say that he not only looks a very worried man, he also sounds very worried and obviously terrified in case he says something he would regret.

It beggars belief that none of these supposedly intelligent people are unable to give straight answers to straight questions, but beat about the bush, umming and arring, and saying 'you know' every other word! Their memory loss is what you would expect people from dementia to suffer from. But of course they have selective memories and remember what they want to!

I would also say that he seemed to be very taken with Kate's children, and especially Madeleine and often remarked on her beauty!

The policemen interviewing him seemed very anxious to get their hands on that mobile phone he kept after being given it in Portugal. I wonder if they ever did get hold of it!

I find it's not what they all say in their statements that is relevant, but just what they don't say!


Di said...

Hi Nancy

You could be right, perhaps Yvonne Martin should have had access to paedophile lists, although I am not sure of the law in this situation.

I agree all the T9 are brilliant at umms, aarhs and maybe. Do they directly answer a question, not very often that is for sure.

hope4truth said...


Maybe Yvonne Martin was being very subtle by saying she recognised him from somewhere...

If she thought she knew him profesionaly I am sure she would have said I have worked with you somewhere...

Instead she keep's insisiting she has seen him maybe she was trying to advise they look through the records themselves..

viv said...

Hiya guys

Well it would have helped if I had read Yvonne's statement properly, she is also partially working and resident in UK which is a strange employment status. Social workers generally only have access to records in their own area but like probation officers can make enquiries of other areas and particuarly the police. The
police of course have a national computer which is instantly accessible. I am not so sure about the SSD computer but probation is networked with other areas and the prison service. This used to provide that probation could share an assessment on an offender with the prison service or vice versa but is not at all comparable with the wide ranging information sharing the police have. There are very strict protocols about sharing information but of course to protect children this is done. What I am basically saying is she was sharing important information with the police in accordance with her child protection role but they have access to a lot more than she did. People keep complaining we are not getting this but there is just no way it will be released to the public, what if Payne was never prosecuted! There is a lot of information kept on suspects like this that sometimes does not translate into a prosecution due to lack of evidence but sitll enables services to protect children.

The other thing I have just noted about Yvone Martin is she is not just a social worker, she is a manager, which means at the very least she would be supervising other social workers.

I think you are right Hope, she was telling the police so that they would directly access the records about him themselves and conduct further enquiries. That would be entirely consistent with her role in child protection and providing information as to concerns directly to the police. All three services work closely together on child protection.

As to Stu Prior saying to Goncalo well I have arrested people for far less, it is almost like he was patronizing Goncalo, knowing far more than he did. I firmly believe a decision was taken this enquiry was going in another direction and it was going to be kept stricly confidential which is how UK deals with such things. Rebelo has fully co-operated in that. Sometimes our police will ask for a press blackout whilst an investigation is ongoing and that is almost what we seem to have. It is probably unhelpful to continue to dig deeper, I think.

viv said...


Reading David Paynes statement in full has left me fairly frazzled too, and I would just say that he not only looks a very worried man, he also sounds very worried and obviously terrified in case he says something he would regret.

Absolutely! But to me OB is just the same..I think they are the main three, GM, DP, OB. But there are others and this is a massive investigation.


viv said...

I think this exchange between Luz and I on 3 As is helpful, ie, there are two ways of looking at things, it is no disprespect to Portugal that they cannot deal with this case, that is just the reality!

Correct me if I am wrong, but:

1. Can the UK police investigate the disappearance of a child in a foreign country unless the parents filed a complaint?
2. Can the UK police investigate a case of negligence of a child in a foreign country? (I think that was the argument used to exclude Mr. Bennett’s case against the McCann)
3. Can the Uk polices investigate a case of fraud over the Fund if there is no proof that the child is dead and so the Fund is still totally legal?

In my opinion there is no investigation going on in the UK, and the last hope that Madeleine ever get’s justice is that some new evidence comes out and it re-opens the process in Portugal.

The response that Jon Clemens got from the Leicester Police and the answer that one of our posters got from the Home Office (I can't remember who it was), are clearly an attempt to evade questions from the British subjects (I would even dare say: a bunch of lies).


Edited to add that even if 1. could happen it was necessary to have the portuguese PJ fully into it - the last time I heard about the process it was still filed (last week) - any new evidence implied it's re-opening.

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I think the PJ already investigated the disappearance of Maddie in Portugal and it was obviously right that they did so because that is where it took place.

If British subjects commit offences of homicide, sex offences against children, serious fraud that actually originated in the UK and involving child kidnapping, those are all offences our police could most definitely investigate and charge the McCanns with. Goncala Amaral himself points out in his book that the problem with the fraud was the Portuguese lacked jurisdiction.

But what they could not do, is prosecute them for child neglect that was committed abroad. In UK for purely leaving children as they did, without more, a formal prosecution would have been unlikely anyway, it would be dealt with by Social Services and we know the Mcs certainly have been because they also presented a risk of serious harm to the twins. The issue has never really been about neglect, it seems to me that was just a cover for far more serious crimes they committed that the police were investigating them for. Two scenarios, either being involved in her kidnapping or her homicide.

You may interpret those responses as "a bunch of lies" but that is our legal process when a case is still being investigated, particularly where there is a chance that a child may still be alive and clearly at risk of serious harm. I cannot think why you would believe British authorities would just tell lies about such a serious case or not be investigating it, that makes no sense to me.

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I would just like to stress that whether the McCanns killed Maddie or whether they were involved in her kidnapping for fraud or other reasons, The Fund is a fraud, either way and a very serious one too!

viv said...

I do not think it was helpful for him to attack Portugal but understand the underlying point he was making, ALL OPTIONS HAD TO BE KEPT OPEN! He could clearly see, I believe that what the McCanns had been accused of was not what they actually did...

'Madeleine would be better served by UK justice,' says Britain's top barrister
Last updated at 16:29 10 December 2007

Timothy Dutton QC

Timothy Dutton QC: 'UK law best for Madeleine'

Britain's top barrister today attacked the Portuguese legal system over its handling of the Madeleine McCann case.

Bar Council chairman Timothy Dutton QC suggested in a speech in London that "British justiceî would have been more effective in discovering the truth about her disappearance.

He said this was because UK police and lawyers would have used a "methodical approach" to establish facts and would "carefully test" evidence before reaching conclusions.

Although Mr Dutton declined to single out specific problems with the Portuguese investigation, his words will be seen as a direct criticism of police and lawyers in the Algarve.

"I was heartened to hear public demands for good old British justice during the recent press coverage of the disturbing Madeleine McCann case," Mr Dutton said.

"What was being sought was the methodical approach. This would have provided a well-adjudicated process under which evidence is carefully tested and the issues presented to an impartial jury."

His comments follow complaints from the McCanns' supporters about the handling of the investigation.

viv said...

September 13, 2007
Have Kate and Gerry McCann any case to answer?
Legal opinion is united on the likelihood of the couple being charged. Criminal lawyers discuss the strength of the case against them
Frances Gibb, Legal Editor of The Times

Victims or villains? The personal views of lawyers this week are as split as those of the general public as to the likely culpability of the couple at the centre of case that is dominating the media.

In legal circles the consensus is that the chances of a successful prosecution being mounted against the McCanns turn almost entirely on the strength of the forensic evidence.

Trial by media is hazardous - not least because it puts at risk a fair trial. Professor Gary Slapper, Director of the Centre for Law, Open University, says: "I think a great iniquity against justice has been done by the confused status of information that has been leaked. A system, like Portugal's, of declining to put any item of police inquiry information whatsoever in the public domain while the case is being considered can be fair - but only if rigidly applied. As soon as there are leaks - as with conflicting information about the DNA in the hire car - you get the worst of both worlds: public evaluation of the case, based on speculations about alleged evidence."

Lawyers are not immune from that public evaluation though and on the basis of media leaks so far, legal opinion is polarised. One leading criminal solicitor, who did not wish to be named, says: "Public opinion does seem to be really turning against them. But in doing so people are overlooking some important issues and major defects in the case that they killed her and then concealed the body. I personally don't think the McCanns did kill Madeleine," he added, "but at present it's difficult to know from what we have heard what the strength of the case is."
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What legal opinion seems united on, however, is the likelihood of the couple being charged. The solicitor adds: "The Portuguese police seem to have a real head of steam up - and they will look very silly, now, if charges are not brought."

So what is the strength of the DNA evidence that apparently forms the mainstay of the case being assembled against the couple? The same lawyer says: "My worry, if I was defending them, is that the Forensic Science Service in Birmingham that is conducting the tests is very good. These guys know what they are doing."

John Cooper, an experienced criminal barrister, agrees. "If - and we can only go on what has been reported, and making the assumption that it is accurate - a quantity of samples of hair were found in the boot of the car then that would be very powerful evidence and they may well have a case to answer."

The DNA experts would also be able to tell, he adds, whether the DNA had been "secondarily transferred" - in other words, it was there because it had been carried on another family member's clothes or had come directly from Madeleine's body.

The finding of a body would obviously be helpful to the prosecution, because from that, the cause of death could be detected and other forensic evidence adduced, he adds. "But many people are convicted of murder or manslaughter without a body ever being found. It is not essential."

Yet even if a prosecution proceeds, criminal lawyers are equally robust in their view - on present knowledge of what evidence exists - that the chances of a conviction are slender. Professor Slapper says: "I think that without some new and incontrovertibly incriminating evidence, culpability will be impossible to determine reliably. Justice was so badly compromised by the authorities at the outset - the late arrival of the police, the failure quickly to seal the area and to alert national and regional offices - that even the slickest subsequent actions cannot retrieve that ground."

The (unnamed) criminal solicitor adds: "When you step back, you see that the scenario being presented here is inherently unlikely. The scene of crime has been contaminated and the fact that there are inconsistencies between witnesses' accounts of timings is entirely normal - you get that in every case."

The defence case, he says, would focus on the passage of time involved, more than three weeks, before the car was hired and DNA could have been present. "This time gap allows for contamination."

Simon Myerson, QC, a criminal barrister in Leeds, says: "There are several important questions to be asked here by any defence team. The first is: if this child's body was in the immediate vicinity for 25 days, why did nobody find it? This is bizarre."

Secondly, he says, was the question of motivation. "I can follow the scenario that one or both killed the child by accident and then covers it up. But to hide a body, and then three weeks later, without showing a sign of it, and with the world's media tracking their every move, for the couple to get the body into a car and get rid of it, then drive back again ... all without anyone seeing it ... it just seems so improbable."

Then there was the question of the cleaning of the car, he adds. If the car was not cleaned, and a body had been in it even for a short while, there should have been considerable DNA recovered. "But if it was cleaned, where is the evidence of that cleaning and how was it done without anyone seeing?"

Finally, a defence lawyer would question why the Portuguese police had allowed the car to be put back together after inspection - so allowing for continuing contamination, he says.
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John Cooper adds that the defence could also focus on the "tightly defined period" during which the killing of Madeleine could have occurred and focus on filling any gaps during that time with alibis. "Secondly, there is the question of getting rid of the body and the improbability of doing this without being seen. The defence is entitled to speculate, as the prosecution would do, as to the likelihood of a course of action."

Robert Brown, a criminal defence solicitor, says that he was not convinced by the suggestion that the child had been accidentally killed. "Accidents do happen, but they are pretty rare." Nor is he so far convinced by the DNA evidence. "To what extent could this have been transferred? Scientists say it is a one in a million match - but they often mean: to that person - or his or her close relative. Madeleine's sister could have very similar DNA."

In his view, the suggestion that the couple, while "very much in the public eye", kept a body hidden, then disposed of it while "creating an enormous campaign as a diversionary tactic" did not ring true, he said. "You'd keep your head down and creep off to the woods rather than attract world-wide attention."

And finally what would a judge think? David Pannick, QC, a leading lawyer who sits as a recorder in the Crown Court, sums up the doubts of defence lawyers - at this early stage at least. "On the evidence so far made public, they [the McCanns] have no case to answer. In the English legal system," he adds, "we proceed on the basis of evidence, not speculation."

viv said...

So the lawyers view back then seems pretty clear, the case that the McCanns actually killed Madeleine was weak and should not have been pursued by leaks to the media. So currently, there are no leaks, simple as that really.

viv said...

Absolutely tragic news, David Cameron's disabled little boy 6 years has died:


The boy who shaped a Tory leader: Tributes to David Cameron's disabled son Ivan

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Last night, their home was filled with laughter as they made pancakes with their children.

As always, David and Samantha Cameron's disabled son Ivan was at the heart of the family celebration.

Today the Tory leader and his wife are facing life without their six-year-old first-born child.

David and Samantha Cameron on Wednesday, just hours after the death of their eldest son, Ivan

David and Samantha Cameron on Wednesday, just hours after the death of their eldest son, Ivan

Ivan, who had cerebral palsy and severe epilepsy, died in hospital at 6.30am after suffering seizures during the night. Doctors are understood to have tried for 45 minutes to resuscitate him.

The Camerons returned home from hospital to mourn with their two other children, Nancy, five, and Arthur, three.

Though the couple had lived every day with the knowledge that Ivan's life expectancy was low, the death of their 'beautiful boy' had been devastatingly quick. Mr Cameron told friends the only comfort he could draw was that he was with Ivan when he died.
David Cameron

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At Westminster, the knockabout of everyday party politics came to a sombre halt.

Gordon Brown led the tributes in the Commons close to tears. In the bleakest of coincidences, Ivan's death means both main party leaders now know the pain of losing a much-loved child.

The Prime Minister and his wife lost their daughter Jennifer Jane, who died in 2002 at just ten days.

Mr Brown took the extraordinary step of offering to suspend Prime Minister's Questions - the first time since the death of Labour leader John Smith in 1994 that the weekly session has been abandoned.

Instead he made a statement about Ivan, telling MPs: 'I know that in an all-too brief life, he brought joy to all those around him and I also know that for all the days of his life, he was surrounded by his family's love.

'Every child is precious and irreplaceable and the death of a child is an unbearable sorrow that no parent should ever have to endure.'

Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg, whose wife gave birth to their third son at the weekend, said: 'My heart goes out to David and Samantha at this incredibly difficult time for them and their family.'

Buckingham Palace said the Queen had sent a private message of sympathy. The Tory leader is expected to take at least a fortnight off work, with Shadow Foreign Secretary William Hague assuming his duties.


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Mr Hague told MPs he had spoken to Mr Cameron, who wanted to pass on the family's thanks for many messages of condolence and say how 'hugely grateful' they were to the NHS staff who had helped Ivan throughout his life.

A friend of the family said: 'It all happened so suddenly.

'It had been a normal day. David had been in the office, in high spirits, and in the evening they had a family pancake day at home.

'Ivan had a bad night. He was having fits, but that is not unusual for him. But it became clear this was particularly severe and they knew they needed to get help fast.

'Then at the hospital it was obvious he wasn't going to pull through. They are shattered.'
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The Camerons' first child, Ivan was born in 2002 but by his second week, was losing weight and suffering jerky movements.

Though the couple were initially told by doctors he was suffering a kidney malfunction, Ivan was eventually diagnosed with Ohtahara syndrome - a rare neurological disorder characterised by seizures.

Doctors told the couple that some children with Ohtahara syndrome die in infancy, while others live for years but with profound disability. Mr Cameron ensured Ivan was christened at the 'earliest opportunity' because of the lack of clarity about his prospects.
Gordon Brown

Gordon Brown makes a statement in the House of Commons after Prime Minister's Questions was suspended following Ivan's death

Genetic experts told the couple there was a one in 20 chance of future children being born with the condition, though happily Nancy and Arthur are healthy.

The Camerons had to adapt their home in West London to accommodate Ivan, who needed a special lift to get him in and out of his bath.

Though his condition meant he could not move his limbs or speak, the Camerons drew strength from the fact that he appeared to respond to their love and care.

'Ivan's only self-conscious movements are to raise his eyebrows and to smile,' Mr Cameron said.

'And his smile - slightly crooked, sometimes accompanied by a little moan - can light up a room. It never fails to make me both happy and immensely proud of him.'

But asked once if he thought Ivan enjoyed his life, he replied: 'Oh, not really, I think his life's very tough.'
This Cameron family photograph was used for their Christmas card this year

This Cameron family photograph was used for their Christmas card last year

The Camerons' Christmas card last year showed the Tory leader and his wife with all three of their children, Ivan cradled in his father's lap. Mr Cameron insisted that to hide his son from the public gaze would have been to deny a crucial part of what had shaped him as a man and as a potential Prime Minister.

Relying completely on the NHS for his son's medical care, colleagues say, focused his mind on the importance of the state-funded service. 'When your family relies on the NHS all the time - day after day, night after night - you know how precious it is,' he said.

Mr Cameron also voted in favour of controversial embryo experiments in the hope that they might lead to treatments for his son and others like him.

Tory schools spokesman Michael Gove, a close family friend, said: The interaction between David, Samantha, Ivan and the other children was something that anyone who came into contact with them found uplifting.'
David and Samantha with daughter Nancy (on shoulders) and sons Ivan (left) and Arthur shopping in Portobello Market in London

David and Samantha with daughter Nancy (on shoulders) and sons Ivan (left) and Arthur shopping in Portobello Market in London

Mr Gove said coping with Ivan's disability had been a 'huge and wrenching change' for the Camerons.

But he added: 'David and Samantha coped amazingly. I saw them at difficult times maintain the strength of their relationship.

'David and Samantha often had to take Ivan to hospital for treatment. It was often the case that they would have to spend the night or long days with Ivan in hospital while he was getting a very, very high quality of treatment.

'They would spend nights sleeping on the floor alongside him.

viv said...

So the photos were handed directly to the police by Gerry McCann that night. I wonder if this is the four 6 x 4 pictures, two different shots? I reckon from everything I have read it is, and the fact Gerry was just able to immediately hand these over is a major piece of evidence against them. As Goncalo has just commented on another interview he has given, it is the small details in an investigation that can prove be be crucial and I feel this is. Note also Gerry does not appear upset but of course, Kate is.

Processos Vol 15

Pages 3862-3864

Witness Statement
Date 04/12/2007 Time: 14H00

Vitor Manuel Martins

Occupation : PJ Officer

He is an inspector with the PJ and currently works at the Porto PJ Directorate.

That he was placed on a service commission to the Criminal Investigation Department in Portimão, for 3 years, from 09 November 2004 to 09 November 2007.

On the night of 3rd May 2007 he was on duty at the Portimão DIC, in the company of Inspector Manuel Queirós, who was acting as head of the station.

When questioned he confirms the integrity of the service information drawn up from the station’s inquiries carried out in the early morning of 04/05/2007, adding that he arrived on the scene about 30 – 40 minutes after the phone call from the GNR, at about 00.40/00.50.

At the scene, there were already some elements from the GNR and some people walking around the OC grounds, searching for the child.

In the apartment where the family was staying, there were different persons, including the friends of the girl’s parents, who were immediately invited to leave the apartment, in order to preserve the scene.

Inside the room that was indicated as being that of the missing girl, there were two children, babies, who appeared to sleeping in two cots placed in the middle of the room.

A request was made to the OC services director for the family to be re-allocated and accordingly the babies were taken out of the room, so that the site could be searched.

The OC services manager introduced him to the missing girl’s parents, who looked quite tired and anguished, particularly the mother who appeared more upset and was therefore less receptive to conversation, which led the witness to converse only with the girl’s father.

After the site had been isolated, he proceeded to make an inspection, together with the inspection and photographic report carried out by Deputy Specialist João Barreiras.

He states that he always maintained telephone contact with his superiors, in order to inform them of the inquiries carried out, until, at a time he cannot recall, after having completed the inquiries requested, he received orders from his superiors to return to the Portimão DIC, where the report was subsequently compiled.

He then states that upon leaving the apartment was locked, leaving the space preserved for the GNR elements that were stationed next to the apartment.

He does not recall having seen Robert Murat on that occasion.

When questioned he states he does not remember how light it was that night, nor does he remember the climatic conditions, given that quite some time has passed since the event.

That Gerald McCann, the missing girl’s father, informed him that the children of the couple’s friends were in another apartment and that they were being looked after by the mother of one of the friends, who was never present in the apartment whilst the inquiries were being carried out.

Finally, he states that the photograph of the missing girl was handed to him by Gerald McCann, the girl’s father, he does not remember seeing the photo in the possession of any other person.

Reads, ratifies, signs.

viv said...


Processos Vol 15

Pages 3856-3858

Witness Statement

Date: 2007/11/20 Time: 14H00 DIC Portimão

João Franciso Páscoa Luis Trigo Barreiras

Occupation: PJ Deputy Specialist

Place of work: Criminal Investigation Department Portimão

He is a specialist in the area of Criminology for the PJ and works in the Criminal Investigation department in Portimão.

His professional responsibilities are to carry out examinations at crime scenes, such as detecting finger prints, biological examinations as well as the identification, signalling and collection of other traces. He is also responsible for making photographic reports and sketches. On the date of the events – 3rd May 2007 he was on duty at the Portimão DIC.

At about 00.10 on the morning of the 4th, he had just finished filing a report about a fire, when he was informed that a child had disappeared in Praia da Luz.

He was brought into service together with an Inspector from the station. It was the inspector’s duty to take notes of the services as well as all the information relating to them. The inspector who accompanied him on that date, Vitor Martins, informed him that the case in question was that of the disappearance of a small girl, of British nationality, who was staying at the OC with her parents.

The immediately left for the scene and arrived about 30 – 40 minutes later, at about 00.40/00.50.

When they arrived at the scene, which they immediately identified due to the presence of GNR officers, as well as quite a lot of people who were walking around the street searching for the child, they immediately went to the apartment in question, where they found several people, including some GNR officers, as well as the head of the Lagos GNR station.

He states that the people inside the apartment and close to it, entered and left the building and circulated in the whole apartment, completely freely, in other words, without there being any restriction or care in preserving the scene. .

He said that these people were the friends of the parents of the missing girl and a lady responsible for the resort called Silvia.

He was shown the room the child had disappeared from, having noticed that people also entered and left that room without any care in the sense of preserving traces. Inside this room there were two children, babies, sleeping in two cots placed in the middle of the room.

It was requested that the babies were moved, which was done accordingly, the witness having subsequently put his gloves on to begin the on-site inspection.

At that moment one of the GNR officers told the witness that they had already searched for the girl in the wardrobes and other places in the apartment without having taken any care as to leaving their own traces or for destroying or adulterating any traces that might be of interest to the investigation.

After the arrival of the witness and his colleague Vitor Martins the scene was isolated and the inspection began, namely the collection of statements and inspection of the scene, the respective reports that were subsequently attached to the process documents.

The witness carried out finger print testing on the inside of the bedroom window, where the girl had been sleeping, leaving other examinations for the following day given that on that occasion these tests could not be carried out in the best technical conditions. For this reason, the apartments and the surrounding area were sealed off, watched over by the GNR officers who remained on site.

As far as he knows, after the first examination, other members from the finger print detection service and also officers from the LPC Crime Scene arrived at the scene.

The witness states that, at a given moment, the father of the missing girl led him to understand that he had already contacted the Sky News TV station and informed them of the situation.

As much the father as the girl’s mother looked quite worried with the situation and he can even confirm that the mother was very agitated and out of control, crying a lot and shouting in an uncontrolled manner, saying in English “They have taken her”.

He remembers that he remained on the scene until about 04.00. There were many people in the street. He does not remember having seen Robert Murat there on that occasion.

When questioned, he says that it was a fresh night with some breeze. It was not a clear night, nor was it very dark. Referring to the light conditions around the apartment, he says they were very dark, and thinks that even on a bright night there would always be little light around the apartment because of the trees and lack of street lights.

Reads, ratifies and signs.

viv said...



Processo Vol 15
Pages 3860-3861

Witness Statement
Date: 20-11-2007 Time: 16H30 Place: D.I.C. de Portimão
Officer responsible: Paulo Ferreira, Inspector

Manuel Joaquim Pessoa de Lencastre Queiroz

Profession: Inspector with the Polícia Judiciária

On the 3rd May, at about 08.30, I went on duty at the station until 08.30 on 4th May.
At about 00.10 a call was received from the GNR in Lagos to communicate the disappearance of a British girl who was on holiday with her parents at the OC in PdL.

Almost half an hour later, Inspector Martins accompanied by Assistant Specialist J. Barreiras left for the scene to carry out any inquiries that were necessary, including a Judicial Inspection of the scene..

At the beginning the possibility was considered that the child had left the apartment of her own will, and that she couldn’t have gone far from the scene and that she would be found wandering/lost (at this time there were already dozens of people looking for her).

However, a little more than an hour later, about 02.00/02.30, as the child had not been found, he decided to contact SEF at Faro airport with the aim of alerting them in case anyone would board accompanied by some child, whoever she was and those accompanying her should be duly identified, however the various calls made were not attended. In the face of this situation I contacted the Faro Station from the police and told them what was going on and asked them to alert the SEF.

I also decided to alert the GNR in Lagos so that they would send out a warning so that the car and foot patrols that were out on the ground would pay attention and identify cars with people out driving at that time who were accompanied by a child (children).

During the early morning in question I received some telephone calls from people whom, with the exception of one, expressed themselves in Portuguese to ask whether an English girl had really disappeared in Lagos and about what was being done with relation to this and I informed them that this was true and that inquiries were being made in order to find her. One of these calls, from the person who did not express themselves in Portuguese but in English and which was received between 04.30 and 05.30, was made by someone who identified themselves as being from the Sky News TV chain and who requested the same information mentioned earlier.

No more is said. Reads, ratifies and signs.

viv said...

It looks like Jimenez revealed the existence of the PJ mole Could it have been whilst under interrogation after his arrest in Feb 2008 ..a time when Rebelo investigation of the McCanns was clearly in full sway?

Then there is the leak to a Spanish Newspaper of the McCanns statements when they visited Brussels (on 14 April 2008 http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7347187.stm) which of course Clarence blamed the Portuguese Police for. Now we hear a Spanish journalist has been arrested too. I think the Spanish are very busy helping British enquiries one way and another!

24 February 2008
Madeleine: McCanns' private investigator arrested for cocaine smuggling

Retired police officer Antonio Jimenez, 53, was remanded in custody on Thursday by a judge investigating the loss of half a ton of cocaine from a container docked in Barcelona in 2005.

Jimenez was a business partner of Maria Fernandez Lado, 57, founder of Metodo 3, the agency charging £50,000 a month to search for Madeleine.

This is the same man who travelled to Morroco in November 2007 to meet Naoual Malhi a 24-year-old Moroccan woman named , who said that she saw Maddie, later to be proven a fruitless sighting.

Daily Mail
3rd November 2007
"Antonio Jimenez, the former head of Spain's national organised crime squad. They spent a week trying to track down Madeleine." and "Naoual and Antonio Jimenez drove to Fez, 300 miles south-west of Al Hoceima, to request assistance from a local police chief, a family friend."

Meanwhile, Clarence Mitchell and Francisco Marco from the so-called detective agency Metodo 3, try to do some damage control denying Mr. Jimenez connection to the Agency hired by the McCanns.


Clarence Mitchell, the spokesman for the McCanns, sought to distance Jimenez from Metodo 3.

He said: "He is nothing to do with us. He collaborated with Metodo 3 on a project, but that was two years before the company was hired to find Madeleine.

"We still have faith in the work of Metodo 3."

Mr Marco denied Spanish television reports that Jiminez, 53, has worked for Metodo 3 for three years.

Duarte Levy
A private detective from Metodo 3 working on behalf of the McCanns has been arrested for involvement in stealing 400 kg of cocaine from the port of Barcelona.

One of the private detectives working for Metodo 3 on behalf of the McCanns has been arrested in connection with stealing 400 kg of cocaine from the port of Barcelona.

Detective Antonio J.R. (53), working for Metodo 3 on the investigation into Madeleine McCann’s disappearance, was Chief Inspector of the Drugs and Organised Crime Unit for the Barcelona police at the time.

He left the police to work for Metodo 3 just when internal services were investigating the disappearance 400 kg of cocaine out of a total of a tonne and a half seized from a ship coming from Venezuela.

Today, the court in Martorell (Barcelona) remanded him in custody without bail on charges of breach of trust, corruption, corruption of public officials and illicit criminal association.

Antonio J.R. had been working for Metodo 3 since 2005 and was the detective in charge of special operations in the investigation of Madeleine McCann’s disappearance. It was he who recently travelled to Morocco and Portugal and brought forth witnesses who claimed to have seen Madeleine.


The many “casualties” of the Maddie case
The investigation into Maddie’s disappearance, apart from the enormous worldwide media exposure, was marked by a relevant number of casualties among the diplomats and policemen who participated or touched this sensitive case.

In Portugal, after the exit of Gonçalo Amaral, who was removed from the Maddie case investigation by request from the British authorities, the Polícia Judiciária (PJ) also lost then national director, Alípio Ribeiro, as well as several other inspector.

Guilhermino Encarnação, a joint national director, responsible for the Directory of Faro at the moment when Madeleine McCann disappeared, may be the next confirmed casualty in this case. The man who became known in the investigation for having prevented Gonçalo Amaral from carrying out the interrogation of Kate McCann at a moment when she was, according to several inspectors who were present on location, “ready to talk”, has been on long-term leave due to health issues and is not returning to active anymore.

Despite the former director’s health issues, an internal source at the PJ in the Algarve advances that Guilhermino Encarnação only went on leave after the statements from a Spanish former private detective, who revealed the existence of a “mole” inside the PJ, who allegedly, and for months, provided information to Método 3, the agency that worked for the McCanns.

According to the statements from the former Método 3 operating officer, which were further confirmed by a PJ source, the “mole” wasn’t the PJ director in Faro, but rather a person who was close to him and under his protection.

On the British side, some diplomats and policemen also fell, including the ambassador and the consul in Portugal, respectively John Buck and Bill Henderson.

Ambassador John Buck was replaced on the 10th of September 2007, the day following the constitution of Kate and Gerry McCann as arguidos. One month earlier, in August of the same year, the consul in the Algarve, Bill Henderson, had resigned, fully abandoning the diplomatic career. His substitute, Celia Edwards, would not stay in Portugal for a long time, either.

The Foreign Office also lost Sheree Dodd and Clarence Mitchell, the former becoming the head of communications for the English parliament, and the latter, becoming the McCann couple’s official spokesman, while maintaining, for some time, a “privileged relationship” with the British government.

Duarte Levy

viv said...


19th January 2009

A child pornography network operating in Spain has been exposed by detectives searching for Madeleine McCann

Detectives hunting for Madeleine McCann have exposed a child pornography network operating in Spain, it was revealed today.

Thirteen people have been arrested in a police operation sparked by the search for the missing youngster.

Barcelona-based private detectives Metodo 3 were hired by Gerry and Kate McCann to help find Madeleine six months after she vanished.

Three months into their investigation they received an anonymous email saying the toddler appeared in a child porn video being distributed on the Internet.

The team, lead by agency director Francisco Marco, tracked down the images but discovered Madeleine did not appear among them.

They reported their finding´s to Spain´s National Police who launched an operation to hunt down the paedophiles distributing the videos.

Armed police launched a series of raids across Spain last month and arrested 13 people. Ten more are being formally investigated by a judge at a Barcelona court, who is overseeing the police operation.

Father-of-two Marco, 36, said videos were 'the worst images I have seen in my life.'

He added: 'In the video all the victims are under ten years old. I am satisfied to have taken out of circulation more than 20 paedophiles, and those who will be arrested in the future.'

The detective said his team has found similar images in the hunt for Madeleine which will lead to further arrests.

El Mundo newspaper said the videos were being distributed by the network p2p and the file sharing programmes Gnuteklla and eDonkey2000.

Police sources said the video showed dozens of young children, mostly girls, being sexually abused.

The Spanish paedophiles were allowing other Internet users around the globe access to the videos.

Police seized five home computers, three laptops, 47 hard drives, 133 DVDs and CDs, a digital camera, two video cameras and a photo album showing hundreds of child porn pictures.

Madeleine was days short of her fourth birthday when she went missing on a family holiday in Praia da Luz, Portugal, in May 2007.

Madeleine (pictured with her brother and sister) has been missing since May 2007

Parents Gerry and Kate McCann, both doctors from Rothley, Leics, hired Metodo 3 in August at a reported cost of £50,000 a month financed by their multi-millionaire backer Brian Kennedy.

Mr Marco was criticised after making a string of boasts about his team´s ability to find Madeleine.

In November 2007 he promised he would locate the missing youngster before the firm´s six month contract expired.

And the following month he sensationally claimed he knew who kidnapped Madeleine - and hoped to reunite her with her parents for Christmas.

Metodo 3´s six month contract ran out in January 2008 but they have continued to work on the Madeleine investigation along with fresh teams hired by the McCanns.

They have investigated possible sightings of Madeleine as far afield as Chile, Morocco and Bosnia.

viv said...

I do not like the look of this:

According to the statements from the former Método 3 operating officer, which were further confirmed by a PJ source, the “mole” wasn’t the PJ director in Faro, but rather a person who was close to him and under his protection.

John Buck The Ambassador also got removed, who was it who was seeking to get the McCanns off the hook and how many were there both British and Portuguese!!

British asked for Goncalo to be removed??

viv said...

In August 2007 one month before John Buck went, Bill Henderson also permanently lost his job, Mitchell remained at the heart of government for some months..Sherree Dodd finished up getting his job.

This is not a conspiracy by the British Government, it is one against them on behalf of Kate, Gerry and many others IMO and increasingly looks monumental.

viv said...

Remember my email Di?


viv said...

Another FOI request that only got a partial response, but again, I would say that is perfectly understandable, UK will not comment on an ongoing criminal matter concerning the McCanns. This man basically wanted to know were an unnamed diplomat's concerns about the McCanns legitimate? How did he expect to get an answer to that! If the government had written back and said well yes of course they were blah blah blah, that would have prevented them ever being put on trial - Art 6 European Convention Human Rights/Human Rights Act - the right to a fair trial. The bit that was answered was to explain that assistance was offered proportionate to the exceptional situation of the McCanns. The FO will always help UK citizens abroad, including those in trouble with the police. Kate McCann clearly was very distressed as we can see from the report of an attending PJ officer above. Having government officials close to her clearly could have assisted in the detection of crime as well as providing her with assistance. It will be useful I am sure to have reports from people UK government put close to them, with the exception of Clarence Mitchell who was the UK equivalent to the PJ mole!


A concerned UK taxpayer and voter

3 October 2008

Dear Sir or Madam,

Firstly, I would like to quote part of a newspaper report in order
to provide you with the source of my personal concerns about the
matter I have referred to in the Summary box you provide regarding
this FOI request by myself.


"The Foreign Office was alerted to fears over Gerry and Kate McCann
by a British diplomat in Portugal just days after their daughter
Madeleine went missing. The diplomat was sent to the holiday resort
of Praia da Luz in the days following the four-year-old's
disappearance and soon became concerned over "inconsistencies" in
the testimonies by her parents and their friends. After visiting
the McCanns, the unnamed diplomat sent a report to the Foreign
Office in London, admitting his worries about "confused
declarations" of the McCanns' movements on the night of May 3.

He also noted the couple's "lack of co-operation" with the
Portuguese police. The diplomat's concerns were made over four
months before Gerry and Kate were named arguidos (suspects) on
September 7. Contents of the letter were leaked to Belgian
newspaper La Dernière Heure over the weekend. The diplomat
expressed his fears after receiving instruction from the Foreign
Office to provide "all possible assistance to the McCann couple".
The French-language paper printed excerpts of the letter, quoting
the diplomat as saying: "With the greatest respect, I would like to
make you aware of the risks and implications to our relationship
with the Portuguese authorities, if you consider the possible
involvement of the couple. "Please confirm to me, in the light of
these concerns, that we want to continue to be closely involved in
the case as was requested in your previous ­message." Although the
Government was quick to assist the McCanns in the days following
Madeleine's disappearance, direct contact with the couple ceased
when they were named as suspects. La Dernière Heure pointed out
that a majority of the diplomats originally involved in the case
have now been taken off it. The then-Prime Minister Tony Blair sent
special envoy Sheree Dodd to act as a "media liaison officer" for
the pair soon after Madeleine vanished. Ms Dodd has since resigned
from the Foreign Office, while the British consul in the Algarve,
Bill Henderson, has retired. John Buck, the British ambassador in
Portugal, no longer works in the country."

Furthermore : BRITISH CONSUL Celia Edwards, who replaced Bill
Henderson upon his retirement, resigned from her post on July 1st
2008, after one year's tenure.

My questions which I request an answer to via the FOI facility are

A : Was such a report forwarded to the Foreign Office in early May
2007 ?

B : If so, who was the British Diplomat who forwarded this report ?

C : What was the reply/response from the Foreign Office to this
British Diplomat's report about such concerns ?

D : Why did the Foreign Office provide such an unusual amount of
Diplomatic and Government assistance to the McCann's ?

E : Who was the person, or person's, within the Foreign Office who
seemingly overruled the British Diplomat's concerns ?

I hope that clear and unequivocal answers to my questions about
these matters can be provided via your FOI facility.

Yours faithfully,

A concerned UK taxpayer and voter.

and the response...
Foreign &


Our reference: FOI 0816-08 (CONS 54/2008)

Consular Directorate (G/55a)
23 October 2008

Old Admiralty Building

M A Dillon

By email: request-3383-808aa9ba@whatdotheyknow.com
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7008 0123

E-mail: dp-foi.img@fco.gov.uk

Dear Mr Dillon,


Thank you for your email of 3 October to the Information Management Group in which you
requested information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA). You requested
information relating to an article that appeared in the Mail Online on 3 December 2007. This
discussed a report on the abduction of Madeleine McCann that was allegedly written by a British
diplomat and later leaked to a Belgian newspaper.

Your request asked:

“A: Was such a report forwarded to the Foreign Office in early May 2007?

B: If so, who was the British Diplomat who forwarded this report?

C: What was the reply/response from the Foreign Office to this British Diplomat’s report about
such concerns

D : Why did the Foreign Office provide such an unusual amount of Diplomatic and Government
assistance to the McCann's ?

E : Who was the person, or person's, within the Foreign Office who seemingly overruled the
British Diplomat's concerns?”

The FCO neither confirms nor denies that it holds the information that you requested in
questions A, B, C and E of your request. By virtue of section 27(4)(a) of the Act, the duty to
confirm or deny does not arise if compliance with section 1(1)(a) of the Freedom of Information
Act 2000 would, or would be likely to, prejudice the interests of the United Kingdom abroad
(under section 27 (1) (c) of the FOIA) or the protection by the United Kingdom of its interest
abroad (under section 27 (1) (d) of the FOIA).

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office holds and uses data for purposes notified to the Information Commissioner under the Data

Protection Act 1998 (which may be viewed at www.informationcommissioner.gov.uk). Such personal data may be disclosed to other
UK Government Departments and public authorities.

Section 27 is a qualified exemption. As such, a public interest test needs to be applied. We
recognise that there is a public interest in transparent and open government, and releasing
information that would inform public debate on our work. However, in this case the information
sought related to an alleged leaked document. As I am sure you are aware, the FCO does not
comment on such articles. This is because we believe that engaging in such discussions would
ultimately have a negative effect on the interests of the United Kingdom, both at home and

We believe that by answering your questions about this alleged leaked document, we could set a
precedent which would also be likely to have a negative affect on our handling of future cases
and our ability to assist distressed British nationals overseas. If we were to confirm or deny that
such information existed in one case, inferences, whether correct or not, might be drawn in those
instances where we were unable to do so, which would have similar harmful effects.

It is important that consistency is maintained. For this reason, we consider that the public interest
in maintaining this exemption outweighs the public interest in not maintaining the exemption and
we neither confirm nor deny that such a report exists. Under section 17(4) of the Act the FCO is
not obliged to give such a statement.

In relation to question D, HMG provided consular support to the McCann family as we would
for any British national in similar circumstances. The provision of consular support is assessed
on a case by case basis. The level of consular and media support the McCanns received was
judged to be appropriate given the extremely difficult circumstances the McCann family were in
and the exceptional media interest surrounding the case. We cannot go into specifics about
the assistance we provided to the McCanns as we have a duty to respect their privacy.
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viv said...

It is not all doom and gloom on 3 As, some can see what is going on, Weary again, spot on IMO:

Night shift checking in. Thank you, Luz, for the translation, and thank you, its me, for the bumpity bump. Here's another.

I would so, so, so, so, SO love it if it was proved that Metodo 3 was a money laundering agency! If they were for other clients, why would anyone imagine that things were any different for the McCanns? I've suspected money laundering was part of the Fund nonsense for a long time--I mean, hiring a magnificent, fabulous, highly capable firm with former SAS and FBI agents despite the fact that the firm only has one employee . . . it just screams money laundering. The McCanns "pay" a firm to "look" for Madeleine, the McCanns say (repeatedly) that the firm is working [i]quietly, behind the scenes [i], (i. e. there's no actual evidence that they've done anything of any note). And if the firm has actually been chosen because of money laundering, the firm takes the money, takes a percentage for itself, for its troubles, and then turns the rest over to a bank account outside of Britain for Gerry and Kate McCann. No mortgage worries, Kate doesn't have to work part time . . .

I would bet a fairly large sum of money that there IS an investigation going on, and that it involves Metodo 3's various activities (or inactivity, in terms of actual searching). I suspect it involves investigators in Portugal, Spain, and Britain, and perhaps other countries as well. I suspect that these investigators actually ARE working quietly, behind the scenes, because law enforcement agencies would be stupid beyond belief to announce "Yes, we're looking into the accounts of X Company--we think they're actually money launderers." X Company's heads would take off with all the laundered cash they could find.

I think there's every reason to suppose that the McCanns chose agencies that have no experience or success at finding missing people. I think there's every reason that they chose a company with one employee to carry on a search that was supposedly massive. I think that Brian Kennedy may even have cottoned on at the point when he fired some folks, refusing to pay their bills anymore. Perhaps he went straight to the cops. Or perhaps he fired them for other reasons. I don't know, do I?

In short, my guess is that Portugal, Spain, and Britain are collaborating on an investigation into Metodo 3's activities and cash flow, and also investigating people who hired them, in the assumption that those people wanted money laundered. That might be a very good reason for a press blackout on discussing the McCann case and for the FOI folk to say that material can't be released because there may be an investigation involving, oh, say, SOCA. The McCanns may be just one client of M3 that they're investigating, but if it turns out that M3 was in the business of money laundering I suspect that Gerry and Kate will be arrested for fraud.

So the PJ may have closed the book on Madeleine's case for the moment, but if it comes out that the McCanns sent the Fund's money out to be laundered, rather than using it to search for Madeleine, I think it will be pretty obvious to the world at large that there was no reason to spend money searching for Madeleine because the McCanns knew she was dead. At that point, I imagine that the PJ might open up the investigation into Madeleine's death again.

So: press blockout on the McCanns because they're being investigated for fraud and it would be nice if they didn't flee the country, but the Portuguese and Spanish press are making it clear that M3 stinks to high heaven. You're known by the company you keep, Gerry and Kate.

viv said...

In that damning interview with Mr Marco in The Times, the journo even set out how he had his works of art ready to hang, in his flash new offices where phones just did not ring in spite of the ahem McCann hotline, art so beloved of money launderers! Too much cash in bank etc always worries them, a painting can easily be transferred back to hard cash and usually gains interest too !


Wizard said...

Hi Viv, thanks for the new posts they make a lot of points.

Firstly there was the incident of cleaning the car.

“Then there was the question of the cleaning of the car, he adds. If the car was not cleaned, and a body had been in it even for a short while, there should have been considerable DNA recovered. "But if it was cleaned, where is the evidence of that cleaning and how was it done without anyone seeing?"

Well….we now know Michael Wright cleaned the interior of the car because of the smell in the boot – he also left the boot open all night to air it. This was done in the villa the McCanns rented which was high walled and gated it would be difficult to see who was doing what because of the height of the surrounding walls.

Robert Brown – criminal lawyer says
In his view, the suggestion that the couple, while "very much in the public eye", kept a body hidden, then disposed of it while "creating an enormous campaign as a diversionary tactic" did not ring true, he said. "You'd keep your head down and creep off to the woods rather than attract world-wide attention."

Well yes normally you would keep you head down but as we see the Mcs are far for normal in their reactions.

Viv says
Note also Gerry does not appear upset but of course, Kate is.

Well that is true - we know Gerry compartmentalises so perhaps it would be easier for him to remain controlled. I still think Kate’s behaviour is abnormal so early after Madeleine’s disappearance. Again we have the pj saying Kate was crying and shouting repeatedly saying “They have taken her”. No wonder Gerry couldn’t go out under the pretence of searching for his daughter if he did I think Kate would have cracked and told the truth.

viv said...

Hi Wiz, we seem to have a lot of examples of Gerry putting on some very controlled behaviour, including Ms Batista saying he got down on the floor in front of the GNR, first on the scene as if praying and shouted angrily, we also have the example of him putting his head down on the bed with Kate, pretending to cry but no tears. Whereas we have many reports of Kate just being completely out of control. If Gerry had planned to remove Maddie and Kate had not but was somehow complicit in failing to protect her daughter the reactions described are exactly what I would expect. Kate's behaviour clearly is not normal for a mom whose child had just gone missing, but she knew it was far worse than that. Given the report of the PJ Officer he must have been describing her about three hours later, around 1 am but still she is crying, they have taken her. I agree, if Gerry had not controlled her, it does sound as though she was in such a state she would have given the game away! It is a great pity she didn't but I think she had allowed some really bad things to happen to Maddie and just did not know what to do, due to fear for herself which she put first. She is clearly not a normal woman by any stretch of the imagination. Maybe some moms are more maternal than others, that is probably right, some put their husband before their child, this I find very hard to relate to on a personal level because I have always been fiercely protective towards my children. In my experience of women who have suffered domestic violence both physical and mental tend to be the ones who do this, because they are so terrorised by the male. I would put Gerry's conduct far worse than the ability to compartmentalise, that can be almost normal and indeed what you would expect from someone who in the course of his work sees desperately ill people and has to make difficult life and death decisions.


viv said...

I would just add I think Gerry is very controlling, but not always controlled. He displays emotions that he is feeling. Sometimes pure anger, ripping the microphone off and bouncing off a TV set, the pic on the right etc, and sometime pure laughter which was highly inappropriate, e.g. on Maddie's birthday. This to me makes him highly abnormal and lacking the ability to see himself through other people's eye. He is brash, crass and unfeeling and does not even think to hide this. i.e. the moment he had finished the TV interview on the anniversary last year, he was seen laughing the moment he thought the cameras had stopped rolling, following the Jane Hill interview, the very first one they did, he muttering cursing and swearing, again the minute he thought the cameras stopped rolling and yet again on the Spanish interview, to Kate, don't say anything until they turned the mike off. There is a poster on 3 As, I think it is Stevo who has for his avatar a video of him taken just a few days after Maddie went missing, where he is laughing and gesticulating in the most insane manner, particularly in the circumstances. This kind of behaviour just seems to come so naturally to him, like on the bus from the airpor, cursing, gesticulating and swearing on a bus full of women and children, " I am not here to enjoy myself". He knew what he was going to do!

nancy said...

Hi everyone -

Wizard -

Payne in his Statement said that Kate had definitely said, "she's gone - they've taken her"! He was asked twice about this and said the same each time. Now why did she say 'she's gone, and they've taken her, and not 'madeleine's gone - they've taken her', and who are, or were, 'they'? That has always been a mystery to me. He also said that Kate had a look on her face of a mother whose child had been taken! Now what a strange thing to say! After all there was a possibility at that particular moment that Maddie had gone walk about!

I agree about Kate. I have always felt she showed total lack of emotion when I've seen her on television and that is completely unnatural for any Mother who hasn't a clue where her child is or what she may be suffering.

As for Gerry, well he has hardly mentioned his daughter's name in his blogs - it's always been about the rest of the family, but not Maddie.

To me, they have both acted as if they know exactly what happened but are lying to save their skins.

Hi Viv -

Thanks for all the gen - wow, so much to get my head round!

It's such a coincidence that the McCanns and their pals seemed to have contacts just about everywhere they would need them that night. Contacts on television, a nice friendly Vicar, waiting in the wings, who was also a family friend to rally round and give an excellent report. Not to mention obliging 'in the know' politicians, ,millionaires, including the infamous Brian Kennedy.

I think Weary may have a point about the Fund being set up for money laundering, although I would have thought the independent auditors would have found that out - that's if they were independent!

I've always thought that the McCann's have insisted Madeleine is still alive so they can keep that fund going, because if they agreed she was dead then the fund would go 'whoosh klunk', just like Kate in that famous interview she gave.

Gerry immediately phoned Sky, even before the PJ's had arrived, to publicise Maddie's disappearance. Would a really traumatized father be in any fit state to do that?

Could it be he did that so if they did ever get to Court accused of being involved, they could claim 'unfair trial by media' blaming world wide media exposure that they themselves created for exactly that purpose!

I think they revelled in the media exposure and laughed all the way to the bank when given the half a million by the Express!



viv said...

Hiya Nancy,

It would seem the McCanns even had the Ambassador and the Consul on side, given they both got the push. I just get the impression this is seriously organised crime, worse than we could imagine. It was like a clearing of the decks and then from October let's start this investigation all over again, minus all the moles and keep it absolutely hushed up.

They have got it coming to them.

I think Kate has learned to become emotionally numb and on occasions uses drugs. I particularly thought she seemed high on Panorama, like cocaine or amphetamine. When she did that ridiculous hand gesture and her facial expression, whoosh, gone, absolutely unreal! Similar strange facial expression when she said on the anniversary show, she just moved on.


Wizard said...

Hi Nancy,

Money laundering would have been picked up by the independent auditors.

Well would it? Imo no – I’m speculating here - if the Fund paid M3 on receipt of an invoice for work done for example. This is all completely above board and kosher, however, if there was some prior arrangement with M3 that they billed for work they hadn’t done and returned the money say to the Mc’s - well it wouldn’t be returned through the Fund - more likely in a brown envelope under the table. So the auditors wouldn’t find anything wrong with the accounts.

Wizard said...

Yes Viv – Gerry is controlled most of the time but as you mention he quite often loses it. Hm…

Reading back a thought crossed my mind – sorry Viv but I still think the dog evidence is good. The dog’s findings – we’ve all seen the video so we know the dogs indicated the smell of death in the apartment. They did not pick up this smell from Madeleine’s bed or any ones else’s bed in the apartment - so speculating she either did not go to bed on the 3rd with the incident happening prior to this or she died in bed and was moved shortly after death to another place in the apartment. In the video I believe the twins cots were not in situ they had been move much earlier. I wonder if the dogs actually checked the cots – I don’t think they did. Might Madeleine have climbed into one of the cots to be with her brother or sister - could this be an important part of the puzzle that is missing. Hmmm…just a thought.

I think I'll check the video again to make sure the cots were not there when the dogs' checked.

viv said...

Hi Wiz

I am afraid I do not know the dogs indicated to the "smell of death" in the apartment. Keela only indicates to the smell of blood and indicated in exactly the same place as Eddie. Eddie is an EVRD, and Grime specifically states in his report he will alert to human blood, that is one of the things he is specifically trained to locate. We were told it was also blood found in the back of the car. Of course he will also indicate to the smell of a corpse but there was no forensic evidence found whatsoever of any corpse being in that apartment, only blood and even this did not accurately match Madeleine's. Grime did not even put Eddie in the back of the car, he put Keela in and she only indicates to blood. It is therefore highly misleading to state the dogs indicated to the smell of a corpse. Had they really done so, the McCanns would have been arrested.

viv said...

Relevant part from Mr Grime's rogatory:

?The dog EVRD also alerts to blood from a live human being or only from a cadaver?
The dog EVRD is trained using whole and disintegrated material, blood, bone tissue, teeth, etc. and decomposed cross-contaminants. The dog will recognize all or parts of a human cadaver. He is not trained for ?live? human odours; no trained dog will recognize the smell of ?fresh blood?. They find, however, and give the alert for dried blood from a live human being.

Wizard said...

I’ve just watched the dog video again paying special attention to the cadaver dog Eddie. The cots were no longer in the appartment. A small detail but it might be significant.

viv said...

Wiz, it is not a "cadaver dog" it is an enhanced victim recovery dog.

I am afraid I just cannot keep on saying this now I have seen Grime's rogatory interview, it is misleading and inaccurate.

There is an awful lot of evidence to clearly indicate they were involved in her disappearance but not in her death.

Di said...

Hi All


I understand what you are saying re Eddie.

If however, the dogs alerted to old blood and not Maddies, and K & G had nothing to worry about, Why would Kate be very distressed when the PJ told her of the dogs findings and immediately came up with the 6 dead patients she had been in contact with, the rotting meat in the boot senario also cuddlecat had been to work with her.

I find this odd behaviour to say the least, surely any normal parent who had just been told that their was evidence to suggest their daughter had died in apt 5A, would be inconsolable with shock and grief, I know I would be.

Also after the dogs findings didn't they immediately return home, again something which doesn't show them in a very good light.

I agree Gerry does come across as being a control freak, but I also think Kate is not to be underestimated either, her attitude on some of the videos is appalling and shows a nasty side to her imo.

Wizard said...

Hi Viv,

I understand what you say about the dogs and describing Eddie as a cadaver dog is probably wrong as you point out. I was looking at Mr Grimes report again and he says:

I have trained and handle two operational specialist search dogs: 'Eddie' is a 7-year-old English Springer spaniel dog who is trained as an Enhanced Victim Recovery Dog (EVRD).

'Keela' is a three-year old English Springer spaniel bitch who is trained as a Human blood search dog (C.S.I. dog).

The property was subjected to a search for human remains or blood stained articles.

The villa interior, garden, and all property within were searched by the EVRD (Eddie). The only alert indication given was when the dog located a pink cuddly toy in the villas lounge. The CSI dog did not alert to the toy when screened separately.

Grimes concludes. “It is my view that it is possible that the EVRD is alerting to cadaver scent contamination.”

The only alert indication was by the EVRD (Eddie) on clothing from one of the boxes. I am not in possession of the details as these were recorded by the PJ officers present.

Grimes concludes. “It is my view that it is possible that the EVRD is alerting to 'a cadaver scent' contaminant.”

Mr Grimes goes onto say. “No evidential or intelligence reliability can be made from this alert unless it can be confirmed with corroborating evidence.”

So no body or reliable forensic has been found therefore Eddie’s findings cannot be corroborated by forensic or physical evidence. I feel that although the dogs’ findings are not a certainty it is indicative that perhaps something happening to Madeleine in the apartment. This of course may prove to be wrong but currently it is a piece of evidence worth bearing in mind imo.

Di said...

Someone on 3A's said and I am sorry I cannot remember who or when.

Perhaps the McCanns had to go against the PJ's wishes and mention Maddies Eye defect and keep themselves in the limelight, otherwise they were in danger of something far greater than any of us know.

Off to watch tv.

Perhaps their lives were in danger because of where they were and what they witnessed so they felt it was important to keep themselves in the spotlight so no harm came to them.


I don't honestly know if there is anything in this, but I will keep an open mind until I know what happened to that poor innocent child.

bath theory said...


A link here that explains the key players but please cast your eyes over this part

...Angus McBride
The other lawyer hired by the McCanns, McBride, like Caplan, is a partner in the legal firm Kingsley Napley. He is a leading criminal solicitor with expertise in dealing with the media and protecting reputations of accidental celebrities such as the McCanns. McBride has represented actor Chris Langham, who was jailed for downloading child porn...

Now is that a coincidence ? or is it the Guardian cleverly offering a pointer ?

viv said...

Hi Wiz

I accept what you say in your post above it is a possibility but no more than that, and without corroboration it clearly does not translate into useful evidence that could be used in court without corroboration as Grime himself states. This kind of evidence can lead people up a blind alley. My own view is there is so much against the McCanns that is real evidence that they were involved in her disappearance. There is also evidence of planning. Therefore if you take the death theory as being more likely, and there is no evidence of her death, it would have to be murder and I just do not find that possible. The friends just would not cover that up or take part in her murder, but sex offending is far more common and CEOP are clearly involved.

I think if you sat and wrote all the usable evidence down it does not illustrate any killing at all and there is a complete lack of forensics which makes my own view far more likely because if Gerry or even Payne just walked out with her then there would be no forensic evidence.

The thing I do find really odd about the dog evidence though is the McCanns very public and pretty disastrous attempts to explain it. Dirty nappies, 6 corpses and seeking to use Zapata to prove their innocence when he subsequently admitted he was guilty. Maybe they just wanted to try and establish they could not have killed her but it was a disaster!

As many people have commented it is not so much the other evidence in this case that makes people so certain of the McCanns guilt and let's face most people think they killled her, it is their reaction and the crass comments of Clarence Mitchell that really convince people. If they had just kept their mouths shut, they would be in a much better position, with the public at least. It was not right in the context of a proper criminal investigation for information to be leaked from Portugal but what it has clearly done is prevent the McCanns from further cashing in or convince the public they are innocent. It has effectively forced them to keep answering all these allegations against them, but it was still not a very clever idea and I am sure lawyers would have told them to say absolutely nothing. None of these statements to the press were actually from legally qualified people, it was always them, Mitchell, friends or family and they have not helped them one little bit!

viv said...

Hiya Di,

I think that is right we should keep an open mind on what happened to litle Maddie, it is wrong to say they killed her with no evidence to back that up, but I definitely think they were involved and quite obviously the police do too. We do not have expensive investigations with another country lasting for a year on a joint basis for no good reason. Well over a year really because as Goncalo says, he suspected them from the first hour!

We have all of the FOI answers confirming they do not know (or are not prepared to say) what happened to Maddie and they are still investigating. I can think of no good reason why they should not be. It was clear from the rogatories that at the end of the process it was still felt the TAPAS group and the timelines of what they each did that night held the key to the evidence in this case.


viv said...

Hiya BT, you will know I am sure and from the link I posted about law for journalists they cannot comment on this case and have very probably been told by the police in clear terms not to. But they can give the public a hint, well spotted. Jon Clements gave us a few more too. But these people who insist our press should be doing some "investigative journalism" saying just how bad the McCanns are and thereby preventing a fair trial, sound like they are on their side!

Wizard said...

Morning All,

I’ve just been reading Joana Morias about the Streisand effect – which I haven’t heard of before. I copy below Wikipedia definition of this effect in case you haven’t heard of it. A few years ago before the London mayoral elections both Blair, Brown and other high ranking Labour members slagged off Ken Livingston giving many reasons why people should not vote for him. They even took away his membership of the Labour Party. All this adverse publicity for Livingston instead of persuading people not to vote for him put peoples backs up whilst giving him a vast amount of publicity to air his case. He was subsequently voted in as Mayor. Streisand effect!

This brings us to the pink one and his efforts, all that publicity and spin, has it found what happened to Madeleine? Has it reassured the public of the McCanns innocence? No – another example of the Streisand effect. When CM gives his lecture in March to the Oxford Student Union I wonder if he will point this out to students highlighting how PR in the hands of the inexperienced can suck you into the swirling vortex of the Streisand effect.

From Wikipedia: The term Streisand effect originally referred to a 2003 incident in which Barbra Streisand sued photographer Kenneth Adelman and Pictopia.com for US$50 million in an attempt to have the aerial photo of her house removed from the publicly available collection of 12,000 California coastline photographs, citing privacy concerns. Adelman stated that he was photographing beachfront property to document coastal erosion as part of the California Coastal Records Project. As a result of the case the picture became popular on the internet, with over 420,000 people visiting the site over the next month.

viv said...

Hiya Wiz

Before I comment on your post, this is slightly amusing.

Jon Clements has now posted the original letter he got from Leicester Police dated August 2008 where they say there will be a meeting in September between senior officers to discuss LP involvement in light of the recent announcement from the Portuguese authorities.

In what is presumably a slip but clearly pretty true, in the last few lines they say NO ONE will respond to your letter in early course!

However, it does clearly put paid to the idea some people have that closing the investigation in Portugal meant it was closed completely, what a silly idea!


viv said...

Hi Wiz

It is a bit like if they can get enough people commenting on the death in apt theory, denying it etc, people will start to believe it and that stops them from commenting on the awful reality. That CEOP are investigating this case.

Kind of explains why they made all those barmy announements poo nappies etc does it not!

There is a massive amount of Streisand effect going on here IMO and most of the bloggers actually support Kate and Gerry, people just do not see it that way.

Take 3 As for example, if you write some gory death theory, you get browny points, but if you write they were involved in her disappearance and this case involves paedophilia, your post is described as "potentially libellous". Strange that give they are "searching for the truth", ahem!


viv said...

Of course 3 As could serve a similar useful purpose, jeopardising a case. I will not be posting on there again, I have seen more than enough.

The case is still open
By Jon Clements on Feb 24, 09 12:01 PM in Stephen Lawrence Enquiry - 10 years on

The Met is understandably reluctant to talk about how close (or not) they are to making any fresh arrests in the case given the five suspects know exactly who they are.

But there was the suggestion of a breakthrough last November when it emerged a new forensic technique had found fibres on Stephen's clothes which had been missed by the original investigation.

The fibres may be similar to clothes worn by the original five suspects but it's all gone quiet since then, probably because the detectives, supervised by Deputy Assistant Commissioner Cressida Dick, don't want to raise expectations or jeopardise the case.

Of course, there is the problem that the suspects may be able to claim they won't get a fair trial.

viv said...

I just managed to remember what I wrote on 3 As last night that Bren thought was "potentially libellous" and promoptly removed, it was something like this.

"I would not be surprised if there was not a plan for McCann private detectives, who Clarence Mitchell has always insisted on far better than the police, to suddenly find Maddie again, now failed. Of course if Maddie had been drugged, and I am sure she was, just like the twins, she would not be able to say, it was daddy or it was Uncle.. or Uncle..."

What's up Bren? Too close to the truth?