Première audition - 4/05/07 - 8.45pm
The interview begins at 8.45pm on May 4th 2007. Since the informant has no command of Portuguese in spoken or written form, an interpreter was called for: Natalia C.
On the matter in hand, we note that:
The informant is interviewed as a witness, She is part of a group who travelled to Portugal with the parents of the minor, Madeleine. She is Fiona's mother. She had accompanied her, her husband and her two small children. She has known the parents of the missing child, Kate and Gerald, for around four years, through her daughter. They have since become friends.
She states that the MC couple have three children, twins aged two and Madeleine, nearly four years. She thinks the idea of coming to Portugal came from her daughter. She believes her daughter knows Portugal.
The informant arrived in Portugal on April 28th at around 12.20/12.30 from Leicestershire to Faro and then to Praia da Luz. From Faro to the Ocean Club they they used the airport's shuttle service. After checking in, she was placed in apartment G5H with her family. (Her daughter, her son-in-law and their two small children)
Concerning the usual routines, the informant states that she only spent part of each afternoon with her family and that not always. Sometimes she read, she went shopping or did other things.
As for the mornings, she only had breakfast one day with her family, Wednesday, because it was raining. On the other days, she spent the mornings playing tennis.
Concerning the day yesterday, she went to the beach with the children, her son-in-law and her daughter. They arrived there at around 3.45pm and left at around 6.15pm to go to the tennis courts where she stayed until 7pm. The informant then went to the apartment with the small children and ten minutes later, her son-in-law, David, joined them. With her son-in-law's help, they bathed the children.
They left the apartment at around 8.45 and accompanied by her son-in-law and her daughter, they went to join the rest of the group at the "TAPAS" restaurant. The MC couple were amongst the other friends at dinner. To our question, the informant told us that given that her daughter had an intercom allowing them to hear if the children were shouting or crying, no one went to check on the spot. However, she reported that Kate and Gerald as well as other couples went a few times, on a regular basis, to make sure their children were OK.
During one of these checks, Kate came back, frightened and nervous, even in panic, saying that Madeleine had disappeared, screaming, greatly alarmed [panic-stricken; terrified].
They immediately organised search parties, in the apartment, thinking that she could be hiding in there, then outside. In spite of help from the Ocean Club's employees, the searches were fruitless.
The informant does not know Madeleine well, because she lives a long way from the MCs, and she cannot say very much about Madeleine's personality.
Nevertheless, she reports that Madeleine was calm but active and energetic, with good manners. She was an attractive and a good child.
During this holiday, she has noticed nothing unusual or which could be linked to the investigation.
She has no other details to add. After reading with the interpreter, who explains to her, she goes on and signs.
Deuxième audition - 11.05.2007
Audition rogatoire (extraits)
Il serait naïf de croire que les TP7 ne se sont pas concertés avant les entretiens. Leurs narrations ont changé entre mai 2007 et avril 2008.
11 mai 2007 :
Asked if there was the possibility of having crossed paths with someone during the journey between her apartment and restaurant, the witness said no..........In this regard, asked specifically whether, on the journey to the restaurant, if they had passed either of the two individuals described in the preceding paragraph, she answered categorically not.
11 avril 2008 :
”Well we arrived about, I don’t know, ten to nine, five to nine, which was very late. Err and the thing that I didn’t mention at the original err interview in Portugal was that I do vaguely remember seeing Matt, he was coming up because I think he made some joke about coming up to see where we were because we were so late, but he was actually on his way to check err check the children.”
, I’ll try not to interrupt you and if you just tell me what you can remember.”
and Rachael somehow managed to get a block booking every night for eight thirty. Err so that was why we ended up going there every night because it was near the apartments.”