just wants to go home
A Briton critical to
the Madeleine McCann investigation has told friends she is now desperate
to leave Portugal.
Najoua Chekaya was chatting with Gerry and Kate McCann and their friends
when Madeleine, then three, vanished from the family's Algarve apartment
in Praia da Luz.
That night, Ms Chekaya
had organised a bar quiz at the Ocean Club resort where the McCanns were
staying. Her evidence is understood to corroborate the McCanns'
movements in the hour before the disappearance was discovered.
This week police in
Portugal publicly declared the McCanns, both doctors from
Leicestershire, were not suspects following a smear campaign which
suggested they and their friends were somehow implicated.
Ms Chekaya, 21, from
Flitwick, Beds, is still working in Praia da Luz for Ocean Club operator
But she wrote to one
friend on social networking site Facebook: "Missin you guys loads. dun
with portugal now, wana cum home n have fun in flitwick!! neva thought
id say that!!"
Portuguese laws make it
an offence for witnesses in a criminal inquiry to discuss their
evidence, but it is understood Ms Chekaya was invited by Mr McCann to
join his table when the quiz finished at 9.30pm.
It is understood she
remained chatting with the McCanns and their friends until 10pm, when
Mrs McCann went to check on
discovered her daughter missing. What happened between 9pm and 10pm is
likely to hold the key to Madeleine's fate.
Mr McCann checked on
Madeleine and her two younger siblings at 9.05pm and reported that all
was well and his daughter fast asleep.
About 10 to 15 minutes
after he returned to the table, a friend, Jane Tanner, went to check.
She reported seeing a dark-haired man of about 35 carrying a child as
she walked back to the bar afterwards but thought nothing of it.