886 to 890 Letter from PJ
regarding written TAPAS
TRANSLATIONS BY ALBYM
Processos Volume IV, pgs.
833 to 890
Portimao Criminal Investigation Department
On this date, I attached to these
official papers 3 computer printed
pages, relating to the description
of the events, that have been
collectively prepared by the nine
people of the group in question,
that was delivered to this Police
Officer by the British Liaison
Official, before the start of
re-questioning of those same people.
Portimao, 10 May 2007
[3 page attachment] Pages 887-890
Original written in
Sequence of Events: Thursday 3rd May
2007 - 2030 to 2200
As recalled by:
Gerry McCann - 5A
Kate McCann - 5A
David Payne - 5H (First floor)
Fiona Payne - 5H (First floor)
Dianne Webster - 5H (First floor)
Jane Tanner - 5D
Russell O'Brien - 5D
Matthew Oldfield - 5B
Rachael Oldfield - 5B
Times shown are
approximate, but accurate to
the best of our knowledge.
Prior to 2030, a11 couples and
children were in their apartments
preparing for bedtime.
-5A (Madeleine, Amelie and Sean
-5B (G**** Oldfield),
-5D (E*** and E***O'Brien) and
-5H (L*** and S******* Payne)
2030: Standard booking for meal at
Tapas restaurant for group - same
all week (Sun-Thur)
2035: Gerry McCann (GM) and Kate
McCann (KC) arrive at table at Tapas
2040: Jane Tanner (JT) arrives,
followed shortly by Matthew Oldfield
(MO) and Rachael Mampilly Oldfield (RMO).
2045: Russell O'Brien (RJO) arrives
2055: MO returns to apartments to
check on ground floor flats, passing
David Payne (DP), Fiona Payne (FP)
and her mother Dianne Webster (DW)
on their way down to the table.
2057: MO listens outside all ground
floor flats' windows on the car park
side of the apartment (5A, 5B and
5D) to make sure they were asleep.
At this time, all the shutters were
down on each window.
2100: MO return to the table.
Starters were ordered.
2105: GM returns to his flat (5A)
and enters via the patio gate
entrance. This and a child gate at
the top of the stairs were closed at
the time. He enters the flat via the
patio door which is closed but
The door is slightly ajar (about 45
degrees) which is unusual. All the 3
children were present and asleep. GM
believes the shutter was down. The
room in which the children are
asleep is completely dark. On
leaving the room, GM shuts the door
to approximately 5 degrees. He then
goes to the toilet to urinate.
2115: JT leaves table, and sees GM
talking with fellow resident ("Jez"
Wilkins) outside the patio gate of
5A. The two were standing just up
the hill from the gate towards Rua
A. da Silva Road. She did not speak
to GM as she passed.
As JT continued up the hill towards
the junction with Rua A. da Silva,
she sees a man carrying a child in
his arms crossing left to right from
the apartment side continuing east
along Rua A. da Silva in the
direction of the "Millennium
Restaurant." He was on the same side
of the road as JT 5-10 metres ahead
Description of Man:
- Age 35 to 40.
- 1.7m tal1 approximately with a
- Good head of dark glossy hair,
with possible flick of hair to the
right. The hair was longer at the
back (i.e not clippered or shaven).
- The central and the left side of
the face were not seen.
- Full length trousers, casual, the
material hanging without creases.
The colour was possibly a browny
mustard. They were not jeans.
- Long sleeved jacket, fastened at
the front, possibly by a zipper. It
had a gathered lower hem and was
also possibly brownish in colour.
- Shoes may have been a semi-formal
- Whether he was wearing gloves or
not could not be ascertained.
- He was not wearing a rucksack or
any other identifiable objects.
- He was only carrying a child, with
the head against the left upper
chest away from JT and the feet to
the right - i.e. cradling the child
like a baby.
- He appeared to be walking in a
rush to get somewhere.
- He was not someone JT recognised
from the week.
- He was not dressed typically for a
"tourist," or at least his clothing
did not seem to be of UK origin and
may well have been purchased in
Description of Child:
- The child appeared to be a
Caucasian girl about the ages of
- She was seen to lie
motionless/limp in the man's arms
consistent with her sleeping or
- She did not seem to be wrapped up
well for the time of night wearing
only pyjamas; the trousers were
lightly coloured with a floral
element, possibly with turn-ups. The
top was not well seen though there
was thought to be
another colour involved possibly
- She was not wearing shoes.
JT checked only 5D entering via the
deadlocked door on the car park side
of the apartment. Both children
inside were asleep. She did not
check 5A or 5B.
2120: JT then returns to the
restaurant, by which time GM had
also returned. The entire party then
begins eating their starters which
2125: After starters, MO and RJO go
back to the apartments via the car
park entrance to check all flats.
They go first to 5D where RJO's
daughter Evie is heard crying. RJO
enters flat, whilst MO checks inside
5B, and then returns to 5D.
2130: RJO remains in 5D as daughter
has vomited. MO goes to check on 5A
via the patio gate entrance. The
outside gate is probably shut, but
the child gate on the stairs up to
the patio is possibly open. The
patio door is closed but unlocked.
MO enters flat, hears a sound in the
children's bedroom that is probably
one of the twins rolling over in
their cot. He does not enter the
bedroom but can see through a now
quite open door (greater than 45
degrees) into the room.
He sees the two twins in their cot,
but does not check Madeleine
formally as no sounds and twins
asleep. He recalls the room did seem
lighter than expected, perhaps
suggesting the shutter had been
raised or the curtains opened?
2135: MO returns to restaurant
table, by which time main courses
are arriving or being eaten. MO
tells JT that Evie unwell.
2140: JT returns to 5D to take over
care of Evie from RJO.
2145: RJO returns to table to eat
main course leaving JT in 5D.
2155: RMO asked time at table. RJO's
main course arrives.
2200: (approx): KM leaves table to
check children in 5A. The patio gate
is closed and the child gate is also
probably closed. She enters through
the closed patio entrance, with the
curtains closed. She crosses the
living area, and there is no noise
from the children's bedroom. She is
about to leave, when she notices the
bedroom door was
open (approximately 60 degrees).
She starts to close it and it slams.
Considering the patio doors had
caused a draft, she checks these
doors but they are closed. KM
returns to the bedroom and opens the
door to check the children were not
disturbed by the noise.
At this point, she notices that
Madeleine is missing. She checks the
other single bed in the room and
also Kate and Gerry's beds. Then she
double checks that Madeleine was not
in her bedroom again. At this point,
she notices the curtains blowing
forward with a gust of wind. She
runs over, pulls open the curtain
and notices the shutter was
completely raised, and the window
pushed open to the left as far as
She then completes a check of the
bathroom, kitchen and wardrobes.
On failing to find Madeleine, she
runs to the entrance of the
restaurant, shouting from the path
leading to the restaurant area
raising the alarm that Madeleine was