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Kate's Maddie holiday premonition

Original Source:  SUN: MONDAY 20 OCTOBER 2008
By JAMES CLENCH Published: Today

KATE McCann had a haunting premonition about the holiday on which daughter Madeleine went missing.

She told a close pal before the trip had been booked: I don't know why, I've just got an uneasy feeling about it.'

Fiona Payne, 36, revealed Kate's worries to Portuguese police.


Kate and husband Gerry, both 40, were at first undecided about whether to make the trip, she said.

Fiona was one of the Tapas Seven who dined with the McCann's on the night of three-year-old Madeleine's disappearance at the Mark Warner Ocean Club resort in Praia Da Luz.

She told an officer: 'This always haunts me. Kate ... what she said ... she was unsure.

'Gerry was quite keen but Kate said, 'I don't know why, I've just got an uneasy feeling about it.'

'And I don't know why she said that. I don't think even she knows.'

Fiona's husband David, 42, said: 'Kate didn't feel quite easy about it.'

The details emerged during interviews given by the Tapas Seven ' David, Fiona, her mum Dianne Webster, 64, Dr Russell O'Brien and his partner Jane Tanner, both 37, Dr Matthew Oldfield, 39, and his wife Rachael, 37.

They spoke to cops in April at Enderby, Leics.

The documents, which have been seen by The Sun, total more than 1,000 pages.

Asked how Kate appeared after Madeleine's disappearance Fiona, an anaesthetist, said: 'Awful. I've never seen such horrible raw emotion in my life and I've seen a lot of it in my job.

'She was bereft. She didn't know what to do, she was panicking, extremely frightened for Madeleine and was wondering where she was or what was happening to her.


"And the helplessness of not being able to do anything, what should she be doing, what could they do.

'She was angry, really angry, punching walls, kicking walls.

'The next day she was covered in bruises. She was angry at herself.

'She kept saying, 'I've let her down. We've let her down, Gerry. We should have been here'. And she prayed a lot.'

Husband David said: 'Gerry broke down ... just a broken man.

"He would fling a cupboard open and have a look in a vain, desperate hope she might have been there.


'Then he flung himself on the floor and was just kicking the floor and was just, 'She's gone, she's gone'.


David's mother-in-law Dianne said: 'Gerry was distraught. I've never heard a man make the noises Gerry made.'


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