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English Ignored Complaint for Paedophilia Against One of the McCanns Friends

Statements: Doctors Friends of the McCanns talked with the British Police

English ignored complaint for paedophilia against one of the McCanns Friends

Dave Payne, one of the friends of the McCann who were vacationing in the Algarve on the 3rd of May last year, when Madeleine disappeared, was suspected for paedophile behaviour.

Payne suspected of paedophilia

Twelve days after Maddie disappeared, a couple revealed the strange behaviour of one of the group’s members. Testimonies only reached the Judiciária in January this year

David Payne, one of the McCanns’ friends that were on holidays in the Algarve on the 3rd of May last year, when Madeleine disappeared, was suspected of paedophile behaviors.

The accusations were brought by a couple of friends that spent their holidays with part of the group in the summer of 2005 – themselves also English doctors. Twelve days after the British girl disappeared, Katherina and Arul could no longer keep the secret that had bothered them for two years and went to the police to make a statement. They revealed two conversations between Dave and Gerry, during which both revealed suspicious behaviors and indicated sex with minors.

According to what CM was able to establish, the depositions were given on the 16th of May. But they only entered the process in January 2008 and are included in the 13th volume of the process files. At that point in time, Kate and Gerry were already arguidos, the rogatory letters had already been issued and the English, including Dave, showed their reluctance in returning to Portugal.

Touching the nipple

Katherina made a statement that was eight pages long. She reported holidays in Mallorca with several English [people], including the McCanns and the Paynes. Two incidents left her with serious doubts about the friends’ behaviour and lead her to create suspicions that were never confirmed.

The first one happened on a night when Gerry and Dave were talking about Maddie. Katherina does not know what they were saying but she remembers that Dave sucked on his fingers, pushing them into the mouth and pulling them out again, while his other hand traced a circle around the nipple, with a circular movement over the clothes. “That was done in a provocative manner”, recalls Katherina, who says that it stuck to her memory.

Days later, the scene repeated itself. The doctor saw Dave making the same gestures again, while he talked about his own daughter. Scared, Katherina said nothing about the incident. But she took special caution, asking her husband never to let the doctor come close to the bathroom when her daughter was having a bath.

Arul went to the police to tell the same story. Katherina’s companion confirmed the gestures that were made by Dave during the conversation with Gerry but asserted that he wasn’t aware that they were talking about Maddie. He did find the behaviour in extremely bad taste, but didn’t see it being repeated.

The incident ended up forgotten in his memory and it was only the disappearance of Madeleine, who had also been with them on the Mallorca vacation, that revived it.

During the deposition, Katherina went even further and said she had associated the gestures to someone who likes to watch child pornography. “I remember thinking whether he looked at the girls in a different manner”, she concluded.

Friends from school days

Arul and Kate were friends from their school days. They have known each other for approximately 20 years and that was the motive that led the couple to accompany the McCanns on their holidays to Mallorca. Arul and Katherina did not know Fiona and Dave and they only met again once, during a dinner that gathered several couples. When Maddie disappeared from the Ocean Club, Katherina remembered the incident in Mallorca. And she immediately tried to verify whether Dave had again been accompanying the McCann couple, as the suspicions about his behaviour still stood. In the deposition that was made to the English police, Katherina says she decided to give a statement when she saw the tv images. Dave was among the same holiday group.

Doubts in the case

Irishman not heard – An Irishman who was spending holidays in Praia da Luz also went to the English police to report that on the night of the 3rd of May he saw Gerry carrying Madeleine towards the beach. He was never heard through a rogatory letter.

Sending delayed – The difference between the date when the deposition was obtained and the time when it was sent is not explained in the process.CM knows that the English authorities did not provide an explanation, either.

Bank account info – The PJ tried to know the bank account situation of every element of the group, in order to search for possible motives for the crime. But the English answers were laconic and did not help the investigation.

Life stories – The life stories of Gerry and Kate McCann remain unknown. The PJ tried to verify whether Maddie’s mother suffered from depression but never received her clinical records, because the judge did not allow it.

Kate accused of conditioning the case

An intercalary report from the Polícia Judiciária, which was produced immediately before Kate and Gerry were made arguidos, accuses Madeleine’s parents of having conditioned the investigation. The document is signed by an inspector and was directed to Gonçalo Amaral, who was then coordinating the process.

The investigator then stated that the information that had been collected initially, was worked by the group in order to sustain the abduction theory. He guarantees that they all lied to protect themselves and even suggests that some could have been covering the crime up.

The testimony from Janne Turner [sic]*, who guarantees that she saw a man crossing the street with a child in his arms, is also questioned. The policeman said that Janne [sic] was only two or three metres away from Gerry but he failed to see the man. And that, by stating that the man was headed towards Murat’s house, she ended up orienting the investigation into a false direction, which led to an unnecessary waste of time.

The same report exposes other contradictions in the English’s depositions. Kate and Gerry say that they picked up their children from the crèche at 5.30 p.m., but while the former guarantees that they went for a half-hour run on the beach and only then returned to the apartment, her husband states that they went to play tennis during that period.

After that, at around 8 p.m., one of the elements of the group reportedly went to the apartment that had been rented by the couple. Kate says that he was there only for 30 seconds and then left. Gerry speaks about half an hour. The policeman remembers that the time difference is what is needed between asking whether everything is well, or advancing in case a crime has to be concealed.

Another situation that the authorities found strange was the fact that Kate, upon realizing that Maddie had disappeared, remained inside the apartment for ten minutes. Only then did she ask for help, leaving the twins asleep in their cots while she returned to the restaurant. The policeman who wrote the report asks how it is possible that a mother facilitates the safety of her other children when it is certain that by that time she was already screaming that her daughter had been abducted.

They could not see the apartment

Another contradiction was pointed out by the inspector who was in charge of the Maddie case. The policeman remembered that the McCanns asserted that their position inside the restaurant was a strategic one, so they could see the apartment where their children were sleeping. But according to several testimonies, Kate and Gerry had their backs turned to the apartment.

from the scanned article above:

CM shows the difficulty in abducting Maddie

For the first time, a Portuguese member of the media shows images from inside the apartment, namely the room from where the English Minor Madeleine McCann disappeared from, on the 3rd of May last year. Here the images and the infographics try to reconstitute the steps of an imaginary abductor, but also the state in which the PJ found the crime scene.

from the same page:

PJ admitted a simulation of the scenario

The arrival of the dogs that detected cadaver odours and blood traces led the PJ to admit that some of the details where Maddie had been sleeping had been staged to sustain the abduction theory. One of the examples that were pointed out in one of the many reports that were written by the investigators was the fact that the soft toy was on the bed where Maddie slept, a bed that was partially undone. The animals detected odours on the child’s toy, but they did not mark her death on that spot. Which led the PJ to admit that Maddie had died in another area of the house, and then the toy was taken to the bed because it was the most likely spot in case of an abduction. Other details were analysed, like the fact that the furniture was too well positioned and the sofa was completely pushed against the wall.


Investigated leads – The final report is clear. All the leads were investigated, the abduction theory was verified into detail. But the investigation’s main conclusions pointed towards the death of the child in the apartment, on the 3rd of May.

300 policemen were looking for Madeleine McCann during the first days. The PJ stresses that many among them spent several weeks sleeping only a few hours.

2000 diligences were made by the Judiciária during their search for Madeleine. International cooperation was requested on several moments, to exclude several cases of false sightings.

High costs – The PJ spared no costs throughout this investigation. Millions of euros were spent on the investigation into the disappearance, namely on the high payments that were made to the labs that collected the genetic profiles.

Suspicions – Dave’s involvement is considered again

Parents refused technical help

Works with endangered children and approached the McCanns in the Algarve. Found the behaviour strange

Yvone, who earned credentials from the English government to work in situations that involve endangered children, was in the Algarve when Maddie disappeared but the McCanns refused her help. The specialist told the PJ, during two depositions that were made one month apart from each other, that she approached the couple after the first few hours and that the behaviour from both left her with suspicions about their involvement in the disappearance.

The behaviour of David Payne, who was accused by a couple of doctors that spent holidays with him in 2005, of having attitudes that indiciated paedophile practices, also left Yvonne intrigued. The McCanns’ friend had called them aside and advised them not to speak to the technician.

Yvonne found another detail strange. David’s face was not unfamiliar to her, and the technician believes he might have been inquired before, within some case of sexual abuse. She tried to remember when but failed to locate moment and the circumstances under which she had met him.

The days went by and Yvonne continued to think about the issue. She then sent a letter to the English police, where she pointed out the details that she had perceived. Namely, that the bedroom window had not been forced open, that it was not normal for a couple of doctors to leave their children alone and that Kate had reacted in an aggressive manner when she had approached her. She also alerted to the official statistics, that point towards the majority of these cases to involve a cover-up from the families.

Gonçalo Amaral’s book upsets the English

A delegation from the British justice left for London yesterday after having tried, in Portimão, to keep some details of the process under secrecy.

The English, who according to what CM was able to establish, are upset about possible revelations that the book from the former coordinator of the PJ in Portimão may make, tried to request the instruction judge to maintain the secrecy on the forensics reports about the blood traces and cadaver odour that were collected from the apartment at the Ocean Club, but also other parts from the process.

As far as CM was able to establish, the pretensions from the English delegation were denied, except in the case of the identity of persons that have condemnations or a police record of paedophilia which reside in the Algarve or were spending holidays in the region when the facts took place.

The British that were in Portimão are policeman Stuart Prior, one of the senior liaison officers with the Portuguese police, a magistrate and a jurist from SOCA, the British agency that specializes in investigation organized crime.

It is not known whether the trip was made under a rogatory letter or politically negotiated between the governments of both countries.

“In defense of my good name”

The book by Gonçalo Amaral is written in defense of his honour. “I felt the need to reinstate my good name, which was publicly rubbished while the institution that I belonged to for 26 years, the Polícia Judiciária, didn’t allow me to defend myself, or did so institutionally”, Gonçalo Amaral states in a text that justifies the book. In order to carry out that defense, he requested permission from the national directory but never obtained it. The book, which will be presented by Marques Vidal, a former director of the Judiciária, is launched on the 24th of this month, during a session that is scheduled for El Corte Inglés, in Lisbon.

On the Side

Laboratory | Decisive test – The final report ended up being decisive for the foreseeable archiving of the process. In that document, which CM revealed, the possibility of DNA contamination was admitted.

Archived | AG announced – The day after tomorrow, the AG will release a communication that will most likely announce the archiving of the process. The case will remain pending in Portimão’s Public Ministry, waiting for better evidence.

Reconstitution | Stopped – The reconstitution of the evening of the disappearance was a diligence that was seen as essential in the process. It was stopped because some of the McCanns’ friends did not accept to return.

Wardrobe | Odour detected – The English dogs signaled traces of Maddie’s death behind the sofa and in the bedroom wardrobe. On the bed, the animals didn’t detect anything.

Contamination | Traces – The authorities have no doubts that the contamination of the location made the investigation more difficult. During the first few hours, tens of people entered the bedroom.

Removed | By phone – Gonçalo Amaral was the target of various attacks and was removed by Alípio Ribeiro, by phone, after making a statement to a newspaper.

Letter | Paedophile register – Yvone, in the letter that she sent to the English police, wanted the authorities to verify whether Dave had a register of paedophile activities.

Source: Correio da Manhã 19.07.2008, paper edition

Translation by Astro

*Notes: Janne Turner its a mistake obviously the name is Jane Tanner

Who is David Payne?

DAVID AND FIONA PAYNE (nee Webster) (Aged 41 and 34 respectively)

David Anthony Payne is a senior research fellow in cardiovascular sciences at Leicester University and a doctor. Dr Fiona Payne and her husband David were among those who stayed on in the Algarve to support the McCanns for several weeks after the abduction. It was David Payne who organised the group’s holidays at Praia de Luz. The reservation was made over the internet, after a good experience with the Ocean Club’s group in Greece. This was the second time that David visited Portugal. The first time was eleven years ago, before he got married. David and Fiona have been together for seven years and they have two children. They were the only ones in the group who used the babyphone system to keep watch over the children during dinner. Fiona Payne, born in Bedford in 1972, was back in the Algarve on July 11, along with Rachel Oldfield and Russell O’Brien, in order to give their third deposition to the PJ.

Note that David Payne is also very similar to Robert Murat, at a distance and certainly at night time we could say almost that David Payne is Murat's look a like. See for yourself.


  1. Indeed SB, can't imagine why the McCanns, parents of the missing girl Madeleine would trust a 'friend' who had complaints done to the police about is paedophile behaviour, and this apparently were done to the British Police by fellow doctors.

    Actually if I was in their position, something that I would never be because I would never leave a child of mine or of someone else alone at any time, but supposing I would neglect a child of mine and then that I was in the McCanns situation I would for sure want the Police to question and understand fully how, where and who exactly my Tapas friends are and what steps they have taken on that day. As Marc Klaas said in an interview I would cooperate fully with the authorities. So why did the McCanns and the rest of the Tapas Friends do a Pact of Silence? Why didn't they cooperate with the Police? Why, unless they all have to hide something, unless their hidden agenda is not an innocent one?

    Some people, maybe because of being naive or because of wanting to believe always in the good side of human nature seem that, they only see what they want to believe, and nothing else - even if the truth one day will come out these people will still say that the parents were not to blame.

    Funny thing is, that parenthood does not grant love for the child every time as we know - there cases of incest, of abandonment, of filicide, and more.

    Unfortunately though human nature is capable of the most wonderful creations like art, music, literature on the other side is also capable of the most destructive, vile and evil actions.

  2. Very good words,J.M.


    We will wait by the complet news...

    ...."senior research fellow in cardiovascular sciences at Leicester University and a doctor....

  3. I dont know if you will post this Joana but I have often wondered if the friends of the McCanns and maybe even the McCanns practice paedophilia and Madeleines disappearance is because of this.

  4. I have always thought from day one that a paedophilia connection within the group was always a possibility. I just pray to god that my thoughts are wrong.

  5. Joana,

    não há fumo sem fogo. Todas as fotos da menina em poses não próprias para a idade fariam supor algo relacionado com isto.Daí que, mesmo que fosse morte acidental a necessidade de esfumar o corpo.
    Pobre criança.

  6. You have to say, Payne is a strange looking dude, the kind I would tell my children not to go near.
    perhaps some of the tapas cronies along with the McCanns had some kind of paedophile thing going on and during the course of it or perhaps not even related to it Madeleine met an accidental death, the cover up was to make sure no autopsy revealed signs of sexual abuse, just a thought.

  7. Pamalan falou...deixou sair os seus pensamentos. Sempre tão previdente,tão cautelosa e fazendo o excelente trabalho ao arquivar no seu Blog todo o Blog do ...até me custa cada vez mais,referir-me ao progenitor da Infeliz Maddie.


    E,sim Joana. As fotos da Pequenina eram chocantes por serem de completa Lolita.Lembro-me muito bem do que senti ao ver e sem estar condicionada por alguém.Os meus "sentires" foram imediatos e levaram-me a comentar isso mesmo (lolita) no Blog de P.R.

    O mundo é mesmo mau e feio.

  8. Joana Morais: uma Pessoa Grandiosa!

    Infinitamente Grandiosa. Extraordinária exposição de factos no Blog de P.R.

    Estamos com imenso orgulho em Si.Na Pessoa que é!

    Que seja FELIZ SEMPRE, apesar de ser tão difícil por termos de conviver com os piores, com os podres e a podridão.

  9. Publishing this information would leave the paper open to libel charges if not true, so I hope that what they are reporting is factual information (and, yet, part of me hopes it is not).

    If it is true, if David Payne has molested children, I hope he is right now feeling the fear and discomfort that he created in them, multiplied by 1,000, by the publication of these suspicions. (If he is not guilty, then I'm sorry for him. He will be considered a paedophile by many people from now on, regardless of whether he is or not.)

    It was O'Brien, not Payne, who was mentioned as being away from the dinner table much of the evening before the announcement of Madeleine's disappearance. Of course, whatever happened to Madeleine may have occurred earlier that afternoon, before dinner. Payne was the alleged last witness (other than her parents) who actually physically saw Madeleine awake and alive before dinner at 6:30 pm. After the disappearance, he is also the one who is reported to have said to a newspaper reporter for Sol, "We have a pact. This is our matter only. It is nobody else's business."

    This case has had a terrible stench to it for a long time. Perhaps the public is close to finally learning the cause of it.

    Thank you, Joana, for translating the article and putting it up for us to read.

  10. Poor Madeleine.
    If this is true about Payne and Gerry. Are the reports of Clarence being there that evening/earlier true?

    If you put them together with these two articles (assuming they're true too) the picture you get is horrendous;

    Lets hope this is NOT whats behind the compliance/complicity of British newspapers/media.


  11. Hi Joana i have woken thismorning with the news that will go straight to the heart, that the mccanns are to be cleared.
    I am so dismayed by this whole affair and cannot grasp like most people how this pair are about to walk, i just dont understand it.
    Please tell me this is'nt true?
    With all the evidence as far as im concerned point's to them having neglected maddie, with all the cadaver evidence that points to that poor child being dead in the apartment, why oh why is this case being shelved?, is this down to political pressure?.
    We now have one of the Tapas 7 having been investigated in the past for paedophillia, arghhhhhhhhhh, what the hell is going on here?
    Im so bloody angry that all the great work YOU and many others have done is'nt going to be rewarded.
    Im sure like the other poster that this was a cover up, covering up what?, im not sure, maybe signs of abuse, maybe signs of sedation, but these people are hiding something.
    Am i right in thinking that the arguido status will be lifted ?giving these people more scope to sue people. WHAT A JOKE.
    My only hope now is, is that im a great beleiver in what goes around comes around, if these people are hiding something that it will be found.

    All the best

  12. All i would like to say is what a complete miscarriage of justice madeleine has received. I just hope if the allegations towards david payne are true that he perishes in hell.

  13. Only way would be for people the world over to protest peacefully and let the world know the truth ? How can their "spin doctor" claim they are "responsible" parents? Does the man think the people of the world lack common sense? The pair of them should be charged for neglect and charged and the British Police should be told NOT to interfere in the investigation of a country . Its about time the parents and the tapas lot ANSWER QUESTIONS , they should be locked up together with their spin doctor and we will soon hear them squealing and naming and shaming the guilty party . The Child is dead god rest her soul or else the dogs would not have detected the scent . If SY think the child is alive , maybe the officer in charge of the investigation should go to the police in Africa to be educated in common sense and speak the truth . This is a major cover up , and people the world over should demand JUSTICE for the poor Child .


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