Miguel Goncalves Da Costa Palma
Date/Time: 2007/05/07 18H40
He has worked at the OC since 15/03/06 exercising his functions
as general handyman, specifically, in the area of maintenance;
His functions are exercised in all types of maintenance
necessary for the smooth functioning of living quarters and
apartments, such as repairs of damaged materials, small repairs,
Previously he worked as a Head Waiter in a pension, in Fortaleza
do Beliche, situated in Cabo de Sao Vicente, Sagres, where he
worked for 13 years, until the restaurant closed down. Upon
finding himself unemployed, he applied for work at the Ocean
Club, and at other locations. After a while, the O C contacted
him to begin work as a multi-purpose handyman.
He signed a contract for a one year term, and it was renewed.
In his functions, he carries out the necessary maintenance for
the entire OC resort and duties are assigned by the Head of
Maintenance, Mr. Nuno Conceicao, or in his absence, his duties
are written in the service notes.
In order to carry out his functions, he has access to all the
living quarters and apartments of the Ocean Club resort, with
the exception of the private apartments, which, although they
are located within the resort, their maintenance is carried out
by the apartment owners.
He begins work at 09H00, meeting with the rest of his colleagues
in the maintenance garage, and at that time service notes are
distributed by the maintenance supervisor, or in his absence are
passed by other colleagues.
His working day begins at 09H00 until 13H00 and from 14H00 to
The keys to the living quarters and apartments that are under
the responsibility of the Ocean Club, and are kept inside a safe
in the Maintenance Garage, the access code to the safe is known
by all maintenance workers.
The keys are only taken from the safe when it is necessary to
carry out a service, in this case a service request exists,
which is registered in the name of the maintenance worker and
indicates the time spent and which is given to the Director of
Maintenance Services, Mrs. Silvia.
He knows about the situation that occurred at the Ocean Club,
with regard to the disappearance of a child, having been
informed via telephone by his supervisor at 08H00 on the
After finding out what happened, he arrived at work at 09H00,
and was told by the Head of Maintenance to go to the apartment
blocks in the Ocean Garden in order to, together with other
resort workers, hand out leaflets referring to the girl's
disappearance. The leaflets he distributed did not have the
girl's photograph on them. The leaflets were distributed all
over the resort located in Luz, Lagos.
Afterwards, some of them went to search around the pools and
grassy areas in the hope of finding the child.
That after this he went for lunch and carried out some service
functions, having left for Lagos in order to collect material
for the repair of a living quarter and toward the end of the
afternoon went to paint room number 26 – COT Garden, finishing
work at 18H00.
On the day of the girl's disappearance, 03/05/07, he arrived at
work at 09H00, having carried out some service requests, but
does not remember the places and refers to the fact that these
details are noted on the service requests.
During the afternoon, he varnished a room door, number 26 - COT
He finished work at 18H20, and left the Ocean Club resort,
heading for Burgau, in the company of a colleague, Tiago, and
after that went home.
He did not see anything abnormal on 03/05/07, nor did any
colleagues comment upon anything unusual. He is unaware of any
detail or information regarding the disappearance of the child,
nor does he have any information that could help in locating her
nor does he know anyone having such information.
Nothing more said, having read the statement finds it in
conformity and signs it.
Helder Carmo, an Inspector with this