Mrs Pamela Fenn 20 August 2007
Fenns statement, taken in Praia da Luz on the 20th
of August 2007:
Included in the files as a witness statement.
Being of British nationality and in spite of living
in Portugal, does not have knowledge of the
Portuguese language in its oral and written form,
therefore a police interpreter is present, UEVE VAN
LOOCK. Thus, according to the facts noted in the
files, she says that she has lived in the apartment
since 2003, which is located on the upper floor,
immediately above the room from which the child
She also refers to the day of the 1st May 2007, when
she was at home alone, at approximately 22.30 she
heard a child cry, and that due the tone of the
crying seemed to be a young child and not a baby of
two years of age or younger. Apart from the crying
that continued for approximately one hour and
fifteen minutes, and which got louder and more
expressive, the child shouted ?Daddy, Daddy?, the
witness had no doubt that the noise came from the
floor below. At about 23.45, an hour and fifteen
minutes after the crying began, she heard the
parents arrive, she did not see them, but she heard
the patio doors open, she was quite worried as the
crying had gone on for more than an hour and had
gradually got worse.
When questioned, she said that she did not know the
cause of the crying, perhaps a nightmare or another
As soon as the parents entered the child stopped
That night she contacted a friend called EDNA GLYN,
who also lives in Praia da Luz, after 23.00, telling
her about the situation, who was not surprised at
the childs crying.
She did not have anything to report for the 2nd May,
because she was only home at night.
On the 3rd May she received a visit from her niece
Carole during the morning, who said that when she
was on her terrace she saw a male individual looking
into the McCanns apartment, situation
which has been told to the police, her family member
even made a photo fit"
During the day nothing unusual happened, until
almost 22.30 when, being alone again, she heard the
hysterical shouts from a female person, calling out
?we have let her down? which she repeated several
times, quite upset. Mrs Fenn then saw that it was
the mother of little Madeleine who was shouting
furiously. Upon leaning over the terrace, after
having seen the mother, Mrs Fenn asked the father,
Gerry, what was happening to which he replied that a
small girl had been abducted. When asked, she
replied that she did not leave her apartment, just
spoke to Gerry from her balcony, which had a view
over the terrace of the floor below. She found it
strange that Gerry when said that a girl had been
abducted, he did not mention that it was his
daughter and that he did not mention any other
scenarios. At that moment she offered Gerry help,
saying that he could use her phone to contact the
authorities, to which he replied that this had
already been done. It was just after 22.30.
She said that after the mothers shouts, she had
seen many people in the streets looking for the
girl. She also refers to an episode when Gerry was
speaking to a policeman and he refused to recognised
the police force, saying that more agents of
authority were needed to carry out the search.
When asked, she replied that on 3rd May she did not
hear any noise from the McCann apartment, not even
the opening of doors. She also said that before
hearing the shouts she was watching television, as
she often stays up late.
When questioned, she said that she never heard any
arguments between the couple or with their children.
She said that the family would spend much time
outside of the apartment and therefore she did not
notice their presence.
She said that until that night she had never spoken
to the McCann's, because up until the 3rd May, she
only sometimes saw them walking in the street. She
never saw them with any vehicle.
She also said that she never told the McCann's that
she had heard their daughter crying previously on
1st May because she thought it would just increase
When questioned she said that she never saw any
strange person or action before or after the event.
She claims however, that a week previously she was
the victim of an attempted robbery, which was not
successful and neither was anything taken, thinking
that the crying of the child could be linked to
another attempted robbery in the residence.
Having read and approved the statement, she signs,
together with the interpreter.