Matthew David Oldfield's statement
04/05/07 @ 11.30am
begins at 11.30am on 04/05/07. It is made in the presence of
inspector Patricia D.
As with previous statements, the interviewee having no
command of the Portuguese language, an interpreter was
It is Angela F.M. and as with all previous statements, the
interview was read over and its contents explained. After
having shown his agreement with his statements, the
interviewee confirmed and signed as accurate, the deed that
followed, conjointly with the, "sworn," interpreter. This
was normal procedure since the start of the interviews.
In signing, the interpreter commits herself legally
concerning the accuracy of her translation.
On the subject, the interviewee says:
It is of his own free will and of his own accord that he
adds his statements in the context of the present
proceedings. That he has been on holiday in Portugal since
April 28th 2007 and that he is staying at the Ocean Club in
Praia da Luz. That he expects to return to England on
Saturday May 5th 2007. That he has known Madeleine's parents
for around five years. That the little girl will be 4 years
old next Saturday. That he was spending his holiday with
Madeleine and her parents. That they had come as a group and
that this group is composed of 9 adults and eight children.
The adults are Diane, David and Fiona (children: ***** and
***) Russell and Jane (children **** and ****) Rachael
(daughter ******) respectively the wife and the daughter of
the interviewee, Gerry and Kate (children: Amelie, Sean -
twins aged two - and Madeleine)
That the idea of spending the holiday in Portugal came from
the couple David and Fiona and that it is they who reserved
the accommodation. That this reservation was made 4 or 5
months ago. That since they arrived in Portugal, until last
night, the days were all the same. In the morning, the group
woke between 6.30 and 8am and that they all went on foot to
the, "Millennium," around 10 minutes from the complex. That
only Madeleine's parents, Madeleine and the twins had
breakfast in their apartment due to the fact that they have
three very small children.
That after breakfast, the children were left at the
mini-clubs of the complex. Madeleine and **** go to the
mini-club for their age and the other children go to another
club for younger children. At lunchtime, the habit was to
meet up in one of the apartments occupied by the group to
have lunch there with the children. In the afternoon, the
children have a sleep in their respective apartments under
the supervision of an adult. The other adults do sporting
activities within the complex. After their afternoon sleep,
the children return to the mini-club
That around 4.45pm, the children eat at the "Tapas,"
restaurant inside the tourist complex. After eating, the
children went to play in a playground in the complex,
supervised by adults. At around 8pm, the children went to
sleep and at around 8.30pm, the adults went to dinner at the
"Tapas" restaurant. While they were eating, the children
were sleeping in their respective apartments without the
constant supervision of an adult. The interviewee adds that,
as the restaurant is around 1 minute from the apartments,
randomly, an adult would be going frequently to check on the
children in the apartments.
part of the mini-club activities, Madeleine will have gone
to the beach, together with OC employees, he not knowing how
many times that had occurred. The rest of the activities
were in the interior of the tourist complex.
That the apartment occupied by the parents of Madeleine and
their children was immediately before
How the evening
The interviewee says that the day yesterday was identical to
the previous ones and that, as on all other nights, at
around 8.45pm, he and his wife left their daughter asleep in
the apartment and went to the "Tapas" restaurant.
That the couple Kate and Gerry, Madeleine's parents were
already at the restaurant. That they had arrived at the
restaurant five minutes before them. The rest of the adults
arrived at the restaurant around five minutes after the
interviewee and his wife. That the last to arrive at the
restaurant was the couple David and Fiona. That the latter
arrived at the restaurant at around 9pm.
That around 9.05pm, the interviewee went to the area of the
apartments. Notably to the area near the windows of all the
children's bedrooms. That he did not hear any noise. That he
considered that all the children were sleeping. That all the
children's bedroom windows were closed, notably the windows
access to the bedroom occupied by Madeleine."
. That after
this check, he returned to the restaurant, saying that all
the children were asleep. However, Gerry, Madeleine's
father, went to the area of the apartments to check for
himself if the children were asleep. That Gerry would have
entered into his apartment and that he checked to make
sure that Madeleine and the twins were sleeping in their
bedroom, where it was quite dark. The bedroom door was left ajar.
That five minutes later, Gerry
came back to the group in the restaurant.
In answer to a question from the inspector, the interviewee
says that Gerry will have gone to check at that time because
he will not have heard the witness say that he had been
That during the meal, it was usual that every 15 minutes (as
on all some of the adults went to the apartments to
check if the children were sleeping. That normally this
checking was done inside the apartments (Visual checking),
but that, to be honest, sometimes this checking was only
done from the outside, near the bedroom windows (Auditory
As normal, dinner began at 9.30pm.
At around 9.25pm, the interviewee went into his apartment
and Madeleine's apartment to check on the children. He
states that the door of the bedroom that was occupied
by Madeleine and the twins, was open and that there was enough light in the bedroom for him to
see the twins in their cots. That he couldn't see the bed
occupied by Madeleine, but as it was all quiet, he deduced
that she was sleeping. That the light was not from an
artificial source inside the apartment, but perhaps
something coming from outside through the bedroom window. That
it seemed to him that the shutters of the
window were open without knowing if the window was also
The apartment has two bedrooms, a lounge, a small kitchen
and a bathroom. The couple's bedroom has a window which is
visible from the restaurant. The children's bedroom windows
look out on the road outside the tourist complex. Then the
interviewee went back to the restaurant.
He states that the bedroom has two windows. The twins occupy
two cots placed in the middle of the room and Madeleine
occupies a bed pushed against the wall, facing the wall
which has the two windows that look out onto the outside of
the complex. That the door through which he entered the
apartment was closed but not locked. That he doesn't know if
it is usual for Madeleine's parents to leave the door closed
but not locked because that door is visible from the
At around 10pm, Kate, Madeleine's mother, went to her
apartment to check on her children. She came back totally
shocked, shouting, saying that Madeleine was no longer in
her bedroom. At that time all the adults were in the
restaurant. Then, the whole group went to Madeleine's
bedroom and checked that the twins were sleeping OK. That
there was no sign of a burglary in the apartment. Only one window in the
childrens' bedroom was open. The window was open and the
respective shutter [external blinds].
That during the holiday, and notably during the day
yesterday and during dinner, nothing appeared unusual to the
interviewee. That there wasn't the slightest change in the
behaviour of any of the group, notably in that of Kate or
Gerry and their respective children.
Question: And outside the group?
No, there was nothing unusual and he knows of nothing
special happening. That the tourist complex was quiet and
that nothing unusual happened there. That during the day the
children were under the supervision of the
staff. That Madeleine is the daughter of both Gerry and
Kate. That he doesn't know if Madeleine was suffering from
any illness or if she was taking medication. That Madeleine
is very lively, obedient, communicative and extrovert.
Madeleine's parents are both very friendly, communicative,
happy and sensible. That the couple have an excellent
relationship with their children, not making any difference
in the treatment of each. That the three children were very
much wanted by the couple, all three being the result of,
The interviewee thinks that it is a kidnapping with the
intention to demand a ransom from the parents, because these
are people who are very comfortable financially.