269 to 271 Witness statement of Tiago Filipe Pinheiro de
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Pages 269 to271
Processos Volume II
Tiago Filipe Pinheiro de Freitas
Date/Time: 2007/05/06 - 21H00
Place of Work: Ocean Club
He has worked at the OC since the 26th April 2007. He has
previously worked at the OC about 4 or 5 years ago in the bar
and reception area. At that time he worked at the club for about
4 years. For financial reasons he left the OC to work at another
club called Quinta do Mar, in Cama da Vaca, Burgau, Lagos. The
witness is an osteopath and exercises this activity outside of
his OC working hours.
He returned to Portugal in November 2006, from the States where
had spent 4 months on a professional course related to
He currently works at the OC in the bar.
Since the date of his return to the OC he has worked the same
shift from 16.00 to 24.00 without a pre-defined lunch break. He
refers to the fact that he had not been on duty and that he
heard about the disappearance on 4th May in the morning from his
father, he only went to work at 16.00 that day and had had the
previous two days off (2nd and 3rd May) and he had difficulty in
associating the missing girl to her family as well as to the
location where they had been staying at the OC. He remembers
that he did not work on 1st May either as he was unwell.
After hearing the news and conversing with colleagues he
realised that Madeleine belonged to the group of people who
dined at the Tapas restaurant, at a big table.
He does not know whether this group of people would have lunch
at the restaurant. He does not remember having seen the presence
of children with the group at dinner.
He really only remembers the presence of one man from the group,
a tall adult, who had receding hair, pushed back. He is not
absolutely sure nor on what date but he thinks he saw radio
intercom on the table which they would use to check the
As he has stated previously, he only returned to work on 4th May
at about 16.00 and noticed the total confusion at the in the
search for Madeleine and the despair of the families.
When asked he said that from the dining table the group were
seated at it would be difficult to have a clear view of the
place the girl disappeared from. There are physical obstacles
such as a plastic wind shield, the wall surrounding the pool and
the restaurant, the wall around the apartment as well as the
vegetation. With regard to the apartment in question, he thinks
that a light being turned on in the apartment could be detected,
but not more than that.
The witness knows of small thefts that have occurred in the OC
as in other clubs, mainly from the lower floors, but he does not
know who was responsible.
He knows of nothing significant that would help lead to the
No more is said.
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