Testimony from Pe.PA 08 May
18 to 20-Witness statement of
Peter Neal Patterson (family
Leicestershire Police Squad
Testimony of: Peter Neal Patterson
Age if less than 18 years old:
This testimony (comprised of three
pages and signed by me) is the truth
and in accordance with my
understanding. I give this testimony
with the knowledge that, knowingly
making false statements may subject
me to legal action.
Date: 08 May 2008
I am the above referenced person and
live at the address previously
provided to the police.
I was questioned by DC Ferguson and
by DC Messiah of the Leicestershire
Police at the request of the
Portuguese police whose charge is to
investigate the disappearance of
As regards the questions, I can
offer the following information:
I became known Kate and Gerry since
2002. My wife (Bridget) and Kate
both trained in general medicine and
have become good friends. We have
also learnt that Kate attended the
same university we did in Dundee
even though she was not there when
we attended. My wife faced some
clinical problems (a miscarriage and
an ectopic/tubal pregnancy). We
discovered after that Kate and Gerry
were also having problems
conceiving. This brought Bridget and
Kate even closer. This occurred in
mid-2002. I believe that we tried to
get pregnant five years ago.
Suddenly Kate became pregnant with
Madeleine and my wife and I had our
first child, a boy, who was born
after Madeleine's birth. Later Kate
again became pregnant with Sean and
Amelie. Our youngest son was born
nine months ago today.
My wife maintains regular contact
with Kate and as a result we visited
them once in Queniborough. We have
yet to visit their home in Rothley.
I saw Madeleine for the last time on
my sons birthday, the 1st of
September of 2006. The friendship
between Kate and Bridget is focused
on themselves and the children. I
have met Gerry and know him well
enough to maintain a casual
Madeleine disappeared on Thursday
night of the 03rd of May 2007.
Normally I have a habit of listening
to the news every morning but on
Friday, the 04th of May 2007, I have
an early morning meeting and for
this reason did not see the news.
After the meeting I received a text
message from my wife informing me of
Madeleine's disappearance. The rest
of the week was spent listening to
the news, and trying to prevent my
son from recognising Madeleine as he
has asked what was going on.
My wife and I decided to travel to
Portugal. We caught a flight to faro
on Tuesday, the 08th of may 2007. We
did this in the hopes of offering
our help and support and to do
something other than just sit at
home watching from afar. My wife
sent a text message to Kate telling
her of our flight. We reached Praia
da Luz around 11 or 11:30 that
I caught a ride from the airport to
Praia da Luz with someone I knew.
There were two receptions in the
resort. I asked the functionaries
about helping out with the volunteer
searches and they told me to head to
the hotels principal reception
where people would come together
every morning. The group that day
had already departed and for this
reason I caught a taxi to Lagos to
try and find a place to stay.
I was at a slight advantage relative
to other Brits because I have a
slight understanding of the
different laws in Portugal. Most
people do not understand the
difference between the adversarial
system of justice in the U.K. and
the inquisitorial systems of Europe.
I met Kate and Gerry on Friday after
having made contact with them via
written messages during the week.
They knew I was participating in the
searches that week. I felt
dispirited because there appeared to
be no coordination or leadership to
the searches. Many people went
searching without adequate local
equipment, like for example people
were cutting their feet on the rough
terrain or on the shrubs in those
locales. Many people wore sandal and
walked over tough land. I never saw
any police involvement in the
operations carried out by civilians.
On Friday the 11th of May 2007 we
heard rumours that the Portuguese
were going to stop the searches.
After having passed this information
to Kate we met up in the Tapas bar
in the resort between 9:30 and 9:45
in the morning. We met for only a
half hour to 40 minutes as Kate had
to attend a police interview.
During this meeting, I offered Kate
a bible. This happened in the
sequence of emotions that Kate was
obviously feeling and after our
having sat down to speak. We did not
know each other well as she is
predominantly my wifes friend. I am
the leader of a South Wigston team
run out of the Corporation for
Exercise and Salvation,
Leicestershire. I have a particular
interest in the bible and the form
in which it was written. I
frequented the course ?Alpha Course?
(an introduction to Christianity) a
recommended to Kate some of the
passages in the bible that she could
rand to help comfort. There was a
dedication from me to my wife on the
first page, as it had previously
been a gift from me to her. I have a
tendency to mark pages and passages
in the bible and even though this
was my spouses bible, there were
many marked/tagged passages relevant
to the both of us. This happened
before Madeleines disappearance.
I encouraged Kate to read Psalms X
and XX of the Old Testament as I
felt these were relevant to her.
They are both believers. The Psalms
reveal a confidence in God, in his
justice and in the question which
can be asked ?Why do bad things
happen?. Psalms XX is a small
oration asking Him to guide and
illuminate our path in times of
The passage which is marked in my
wifes bible I believe is Samuel
2:12. This passage is very
significant for me and my wife but
likely has so significance for Kate.
I interpret this passage as saying
that even though we cannot be with
the two children that we have no
lost, we will find them one day.
After meeting with Kate, I returned
to Lagos and caught a taxi to
Portimao where I had previously (May
2003) visited a Christian bookstore.
I went with the purpose to acquire a
new bible to help me through the
rest of the week. Unfortunately, I
did not find the bookstore.
Kate asked me to pray at the Marina,
which I did, a number of times
during the week. I returned home on
Sunday, 13th of May, 2007, leaving
from Faro at 9:30.
This testimony was made by me and is
the truth in accordance with my