statement 04/05/07 @ 14.20pm
Kate's interview took place on
the day after Madeleine's disappearance, 04/05/07 at 2.20pm.
On the subject of the proceedings:
The interviewee was heard as a victim, being the mother of the
minor. Of British nationality, she has no command of the
Portuguese language, spoken or written. Thus, the interview was
done in the presence of an interpreter: Natalia C.F.
A. The interviewee says she has been married to Gerald since
December 1998. She has never been to Portugal before. The trip
came at the suggestion of friends, who convinced them, at the
end of last year, to spend their holiday in Portugal. The trip
was organised by David Payne, who made the Praia
Luz Ocean Club reservation on the
Internet for the interviewee and her husband, as well as
for the rest of the group, a total of 9 adults and eight
children, including her daughter Madeleine. She has known some
members of the group since the year 2000 and others for a year.
She was a colleague of David's wife.
travelled in two separate groups. One of the groups was composed
of the interviewee, her husband Gerald, their three children,
David and his wife, the mother-in-law and their two children.
One of the groups left from
Leicestershire and the other from London.
The meeting point was the Ocean Club where the interviewee's
group arrived on Saturday April 28th
at around 3pm from Faro airport in an airport mini bus. The
other group arrived on the same day, late morning.
After checking in, the interviewee and her family were placed in
apartment G5A. The nuclear family comprises the interviewee, her
husband, her daughter Madeleine and twins, Sean and Amelie, aged
The apartment has two beds in one bedroom, and two in another
where there are also two cots on loan from the Ocean Club.
The interviewee and her husband sleep in one bedroom and the
three children in the other. The twins sleep in cots, Madeleine
in a normal bed, the other bed staying empty.
Between the day of the arrival, April 28th, and the time that
Madeleine's disappearance was discovered, the interviewee says
that she noticed nothing unusual. She reports only one episode
where, on the morning of Thursday May 3rd, Madeleine asked the
interviewee why she had not come to look in the bedroom
when the twins were crying. The interviewee states that she had
heard nothing and had therefore not gone into the bedroom.
She thought her daughter's comment strange because it was the first time
she had talked about it.
The day after their arrival, they went for breakfast at around
7.30/8.30 at the Ocean Club, in a bar situated some distance
from the apartment. On the following days, because the bar was
quite far away, they started buying supplies from the "BAPTISTE"
supermarket, located on the same road as the apartment and they
had their first meal of the day in the apartment.
After breakfast, at around 9/9.30am, the children went to the
club called the "KIDS CLUB" where they did various activities
such as painting, collage etc. They stayed there until around
12.30pm, constantly supervised by several Ocean Club employees
in a ratio of three children to one employee. Within the "Kids
Club" because of the difference in ages, the twins were in one
group and Madeleine in another, with separate activities.
At 12.30pm, the parents would collect their children and have lunch in their apartment since they have
provisions. After lunch, at around 1.30pm, the children spend
time close to the club's swimming pool, supervised by the
parents, for about 45 minutes, where they play and have sun
cream applied. After this time, they take the children to the
"Kids Club" until around 5/5.30pm, the time when the children
eat in a bar under the watchful gaze of the parents. After the
5pm dinner, they give the children a bath, prepare them for the
night and let them play for a while in a playground next to the
tennis courts, still and always under parental supervision. At
around 8pm, the children are put to bed until the following
morning when the described routines start all over again. While
the children are at the "Kids Club," the interviewee played
tennis with her husband, went for walks, read or went "Jogging."
Thursday May 3rd 2007
Yesterday, after the daily routine, Madeleine and the twins went
to bed at around 7.30. They were in their respective beds. The
interviewee and her husband stayed in their apartment to relax
until 8.30pm. She took a bath, did her make-up and drank a glass
of New Zealand wine with her husband. Just after 8.30pm, the
interviewee and her husband, after checking on their children,
joined the other adults of the group at the "TAPAS" restaurant,
about 50 metres away, where they had dinner. As usual, every
half hour, and given that the building is very close, the
interviewee and her husband went to make sure the children were
OK. Thus, at around 9pm, her husband went to the apartment to
make sure the twins, as well as Madeleine, were OK, then he went
back to the restaurant. Her husband said that the children were
doing well and that he had bumped into the person with whom he
had played tennis, a person who has two children. At the same
time, one of the group of friends, Russell, went to see his
children, without checking on the interviewee's children.
Around 9.30pm was the time the interviewee should have gone to
see her children, but her friend Matt (a member of the group)
had just done a check in his apartment then gone to the
interviewee's. He had entered the apartment by a glass sliding
side door, that was always unlocked and once inside had not gone into the
children's bedroom. He only looked through the door, and did not
hear any noise. He went back to the restaurant and said that
everything was fine.
At around 10pm, the interviewee went to check on the children.
She went into the apartment by the side door, which was closed
but not locked, as she said before. She noticed that the door to her children's bedroom was
completely open, the window was also open, the shutters raised
and the curtains open, while she was certain of having closed
them all as she always did.
Faced with this situation,she verified that the twins were in
their respective beds, unlike Madeleine, who had
disappeared. The cover was pulled back and the toys were on the
pillow as usual. After searching the whole apartment thoroughly,
the interviewee went back, scared and shocked, to the
restaurant, to alert her husband and the others to the
disappearance. The whole
group then set about searching for Madeleine throughout the
complex, looked in all the buildings, swimming pool, tennis
courts etc....as well as in the apartment with the help of
employees, who, at the same time, contacted the authorities.
Later, a member of the group,
partner Jane, when she went to her apartment to see her children
at around 9.15pm, saw from the back [rear] about 50 metres away,
on the perimeter road of the club, a long-haired person, in what
she thinks were jeans, with a child in his arms and walking very
quickly. But she is
better able to tell you about that herself.
are a couple of words missing from this last paragraph' Should
it read, "Later, Jane.....said
saw..."' Or is there another way I can translate, "Plus tard,"
in that context'
Concerning Madeleine, she is
Caucasian, white, aged four years (12/05/2003) about 90cm tall.
Very slim, dark blond hair; shoulder-length. Left eye blue-green
same as the right, which has a brown spot. She has a small brown
spot on the skin of her left leg as well as sunburn on her right
forearm. She has no scars. At the time of her disappearance, she
was wearing pyjamas with white bottoms with a floral pattern.
The short-sleeved top, mainly pink with a blue-grey figure of a
donkey bearing the inscription, "EEYORE," an inscription which is also
on one of the trouser legs. The pyjamas are "Marks and Spencer"
Concerning the child's personality, she is extrovert, very
active, talkative, smart and relates to other children with
great ease. But she would never go with a stranger. She has no
suspicions to talk about, finds no reason for this act, neither
she nor her husband has enemies. She states that her daughter
has no illnesses and is not on any medication.
Following a request from the inspector, she authorises a reading
of the calls on her mobile phone. Apart from the Kids Club and
the apartment, they only went once to the beach with Madeleine
and the other children and only for a very short period of time,
since the weather was changeable. They could only go to the
beach between 1.30 and 3pm, the time when they went back to the
club. At the beach, they only ate an ice cream then they went
back to the apartment. Apart from that, on the Wednesday or
Thursday, Madeleine and the other children went sailing at the
beach five minutes on foot from the club, for an hour, organised
by the resort itself. The supervision and
planning were the responsibility of the club. The interviewee
and her husband were not present. She never noticed any strange
behaviour during these recent days which could explain the
disappearance. After having been shown the list of the Ocean
Club's guests, she says she only knows the names of those of the
group. Other than the child, nothing else has disappeared,
neither clothes nor the child's jewellery. ('
parures') The interviewee did not
have an intercom, unlike David and Fiona Payne who were able to
hear crying or any kind of noise. She has nothing else to add.
After having read the deed, she confirms it, ratifies it and
signs it with the interpreter.
Enfants Kidnapp' 26/08/08