Svetlana Starikova Vitorino
Occupation: Kitchen assistant
Place of work: Tapas Restaurant
She comes to the process as a witness. She has worked at the OC
since 2006, but only during the summer period from April to
November. She currently works in the Tapas Restaurant, near to
the apartment the girl disappeared from. This year she will work
until November, having begun on 19th April.
She is a kitchen assistant and normally works from 14.30 to
23.00. She has Saturdays and Sundays off.
During the times meals are served, she works outside the
restaurant for some of the time, near to the grill and it is
possible that she saw the girl on some occasion. However, she
says that she does not have a clear idea of Madeleine, as many
children were about, who looked quite similar to her. She can
also say that she has an idea of the group that dined at a table
at the Tapas esplanade, of nine adults, which Madeleine belonged
This group would dine at about 21.00/21.30 and she remembers
that her colleagues called them the "Tennis Group", as they were
a very happy group.
The group's children did not dine with them. She remembers that
on the day the child disappeared there was some confusion, with
some people who left the table after ordering, one of the meals
even being sent back, as someone had asked them to delay the
meal for a little while.
She doe not know very well for what reason the adults rose from
the table, she thinks it concerns the girl's disappearance. She
did see that one of the plates was returned almost intact and
they were asked to "delay" its cooking for a while, it was a
grilled beef steak ordered by a man, whom she cannot identify.
At a certain moment, only an older woman remained at the table.
The witness saw afterwards that they were looking for a girl,
many people were helping to search.
When the witness left for home she observed the same, there were
many people around.
On the following day when she arrived for work and saw the
police presence, she assumed that the girl had not yet been
found, which was later confirmed.
When questioned she says that she did not see anyone strange or
any unusual behaviour, but that as she only goes outside to look
at the grills, she did not pay much attention.
No more is said.
Reads, ratifies, signs.