The Gaspar Statements: Cover Letter from Leicestershire Police, 24 Oct 2007
From: DC 1756 Mike Marshall
Dept.: Leicestershire Police, Phone nr. 0116 2484409
To: Ricardo Paiva
Ref.: David Payne
Date: October 24, 2007
Please find enclosed Arul and Katherina Gaspar’s statements, as requested.
I have carefully read the written questionnaire that was handed over by David Payne, but I was unable to extract any other information apart from what is already known.
He states that he saw Madeleine, for the last time, at 5 pm on the 3rd of May, 2007, in the McCanns’ apartment. Kate and Gerry were equally present then. He did not state the reason why he was in the apartment at that time, or what they were doing. He does not state for how long he stayed there, either.
When he was asked with who he was in the evening of the 3rd of May, he states that he has already given that information to the police and that he cannot remember if he was aware of anyone else.
He cannot recall what he was wearing that afternoon.
In fact, he participated in the search, but for most of the time, he was alone. Sometimes he was accompanied by Matthew Oldfield.
He did not participate in the searches that took place on the 4th of May, because he spent most of that day at the police station.
To many of the questions there is no full reply, stating merely and he has already supplied the Portuguese police with the information / statements.
I have again examined Fiona Payne’s information. In her statement, she says that she went to the McCanns’ apartment at around 7 pm on the 3rd of May, along with Kate. She states that the husband arrived 10 minutes later; it is unclear what husband she is referring to, whether it’s Gerry or her own husband.
Her replies to the written questionnaire are vague, as she replies to the questions saying “according to my statement” or using a similar expression.
in: Processo 201/07.0 GALGS, pages 3909 and 3910 (Volume XIII)