712 to 713 Witness statement
of Nelson Luis Da Silva
03-Processos Vol III
TRANSLATION BY INES
Statement by Nelson Luis Da Silva
Date: 08-05-2007, Lagos.
Place of work : Millenium restaurant
He is an employee of the Ocean Club
and works in the bar of the
Millenium Restaurant. He worked
there in 2006 but only from March to
November and subsequently returned
to work there on 26th March (2007).
He works fixed hours from 16.00 to
24.00. He has one day a week off
which is Tuesday. He has heard about
the disappearance of an English girl
who was staying in the apartments
near to the Tapas bar.
He only works in the Millenium
Restaurant and as this English
family arrived on a Saturday, a day
when the Tapas Bar does not serve
dinner, they dined at the
Millenium. It was a large group
composed of 17 persons, 8 adults and
nine children or vice versa.
He has seen photographs of little
Madeleine but he cannot identify her
within the group of children she was
with. The dinner went normally and
he thinks that they arrived very
early for dinner. He does not think
that this group returned to the
Millenium restaurant except for
breakfast during the morning shift
and that he knows from colleagues
that the group appeared daily.
When asked whether he had ever
observed any strange behaviour by
anyone who was observing the
children in the club with particular
interest or whether he has any
comment or question, he says no.
He heard about the child's
disappearance on Thursday night.
Shortly after he heard the news, a
Mark Warner tennis instructor
arrived at the Millenium and they
went to search for the child
together by the swimming pool and
tennis courts. As they did not find
Madeleine he phoned Luis de Barros,
the head waiter who was on his day
off to inform him. The latter
arrived shortly afterwards and
together they searched until about
He is perfectly aware of his duty to
inform the authorities in the case
of noticing any element that could
lead to finding Madeleine.
No more was said.
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