This information belongs to the Ministério Público in Portimão, Portugal.
It was released to the public on 4 August 2008 in accordance with Portuguese Law


691 to 693 Witness statement of John Sholto Young 2007.05.08


Processos Vol III Pages 691-693


Witness Statement

John Sholto Young

Date: 2007-05-08

Occupation: Waiter, Millenium Restaurant

Place of Work: OC

As he is British and as he does not dominate the Portuguese language, the present statements are taken in the presence of Robert James Queriol Eveleigh Murat, translator to the inquiry.
He has been in Portugal for two years from this (above) date, and that he has worked in Portugal since this time, primarily in the Algarve region.

He explains that last year, in 2006, he worked from April to October in the resort known as "The Ocean Club", situated in Luz, Lagos (Algarve), where he worked as a waiter. In 2007, he signed a new contract with this same establishment, and began working on April 1, executing the same functions of waiter.
But he clarifies that his work was carried out in the "Millenium" restaurant that is open from 08H00 to 24H00, without interruption, even though it has no lunch menu.

He clarifies that his regular work hours are from 07H30 to15H30. He chose these hours so as to be able to explore the region.
He adds that this past Thursday, the 3rd of May, as was routine, he left work at the normal time (around 16H00), and went home to his place in Almadena.

For this reason, only on the following day, Friday, 4th of May, did he learn of the facts when he reached work. His colleague Paula told him what had happened and for this reason, he did not take part in the searches and had no direct knowledge of the facts.

Questioned about the child Madeleine and her parents, he states that only after hearing about the missing girl did he became aware of the people in question.

After seeing their [the McCann's] picture, he immediately remembered that he had seen them having breakfast in the restaurant where he works, but that he does not remember any situation in particular involving this family, nor does he remember hearing or noticing any strange situation involving their presence.

He states that according to what he has said regarding the presence, or lack thereof, of anything abnormal, he notes that guests in the resort possess a member card (one per adult). The children, he does not believe, carried any such identification outside the resort, but that they were always accompanied by their parents.

Even though he does not frequent the resort at night, he does remember that, in the past year during this time, he did see people who were not guests frequenting the resort buildings, or simply passing through the village.

As for this year, and this week, he can make no reference to anything of this sort.

Questioned, the witness states that he is not aware of any type of situation which he believes to be suspicious, directly, or indirectly, related to the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.
Regarding his work area, he only remembers that the Kitchen Chef from the Tapas, a German individual named Peter, left his employment about a week before the disappearance. He adds that this person's behaviour was that of a perfectly normal person. He further adds that this person's build is as follows: thin, Caucasian, height of about 1,77m with full, light brown/grey hair.

And nothing more was said.

Reads, ratifies, signs.


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