Lindsay Jayne J.'s
We return to our case file. Lindsay J.'s interview took
place on May 6th 2007.
This interview is interesting for several reasons. Lindsay J
is manager of the KIDS CLUB.
In the matter at hand, it is stated that:
The informant is heard as a witness. In virtue of the fact
that the informant is of British nationality and that she
has no command of the Portuguese language, the present
statement is taken in the presence of Filipa Maria C.S.,
The informant has been in Portugal since March 15th, the
date on which she started to work for the "Ocean Club"
tourist company in Praia da Luz where she supervises the
leaders (male and female) of the KIDS CLUB, her contract of
employment having been previously signed in London (England)
In the context of her duties which she carries out for the
company mentioned, she has had contact on several occasions
with a child called Madeleine McCann, observing from a
distance. The informant states that the child belonged to
the "MiniClub," group in which the children are aged 3 to 5
Questioned in more depth, the informant advises us that the
group of children belonging to the "MiniClub" category is
supervised by her colleague Amy T. who, in her turn,
coordinates a group of leaders composed of Catriona B. and
Emma W. Both were on duty in the week of April 29th to May
The informant informs that the "MiniClub" is subdivided into
two classes of children and that Madeleine was entrusted to
The "MiniClub" is open from 9am. A break is scheduled for
lunch between 12.30 and 2.30pm when the afternoon session
starts until 5.30pm.
Then, from 7.30pm, the Kids Club provides a complementary
"dinner" service until 11.30pm. For an additional fee,
parents can obtain a "babysitting" service without a fixed
time, to be arranged between the parents and the
The children stay at the centre and get involved with
various activities which can be done on the company's
premises, appropriate for this purpose, or they can also go
outside, notably to the beach but always accompanied by a
Kids Club employee.
The informant tells us that on a date which she cannot be
precise about but which was some time last week, Madeleine
McCann participated in a boat trip, organised by the
company's crêche. Several children participated in this
outing to the sea, accompanied by the employees mentioned
above and an expert in water activities, whose name she is
not aware of.
To our question, the informant states that Madeleine McCann
was accompanied by her parents, Kate and Gerald McCann who
are renting apartment G5A at the Ocean Club.
She indicates that on May 3rd 2007, at around 10.20pm, she
was informed by her colleague Amy T. that Madeleine McCann
had disappeared. At that, she immediately launched the
"missing child" procedure. This procedure consists of
dividing the site into several areas, which are allocated to
various of the company's employees to start searching for
the missing child. To that effect, the informant explains
that, around 10.25pm, the date indicated, the said procedure
was begun, dividing the whole site into three distinct
areas, namely the north zone, the central zone (including
the area of the company) and all the roads surrounding the
company and which go as far as the beach. Five of the
company's employees were mobilised to coordinate the
searches, helped by various people ( other employees,
tourists and residents)
Later, not knowing precisely what time, the local police
came to the company and, taking into account the procedure
which we had set in place, they proceeded with the
appropriate actions for this type of situation.
Questioned by us, the informant indicated that the searches
by members of the OCEAN CLUB ended at around 4am on the
morning of May 4th, without result.
To our question, the informant stated that at the time she
was informed of Madeleine McCann's disappearance, she was
alone in her residence and that she immediately went out and
initiated the procedure described above. To our questions,
the informant replies that given that she had no direct
contact with the minor in question, Madeleine McCann, being
only the supervisor of the company's crêche leaders, as a
consequence she does not know the routines of the minor or
her parents and that no suspicious situation or any special
concern about the child had been reported to her during the
time she worked in Portugal.
The informant did not notice any other suspicious or unusual
situations which might be related directly or indirectly to
Madeleine McCann's disappearance.
After reading in the company of the interpreter, who
explains to her, having nothing else to add, she goes on and