Portugal are confident they have a
watertight case against Kate and Gerry
McCann to prove their involvement in
what is in the 1,000-page dossier handed
to a judge that makes them so convinced?
examine the evidence ? some of it
find it difficult to understand why Kate
and Gerry left their three children
alone in an apartment to join friends
tapas restaurant is not within earshot
or clear sight of where they sat with
they chose not to take advantage of a
free baby-sitting service offered by
respected holiday company Mark Warner,
explaining they did not want to leave
the youngsters with a stranger
But perhaps, police believe, Maddie may
have already died by this stage.
They allege Kate and Gerry concocted an
incredible plan which meant they were
prepared to accept criticism for
neglecting their kids by leaving them
alone, in order for an “abduction” to
Cops are of the opinion there was an
accident in their apartment some time
after Maddie was last seen alive.
Their theory is that Kate either slapped
Maddie and she banged her head and died,
or she had a reaction to sedatives
dispensed by her GP mum to help her
sleep ? or even took an overdose of
prescription medication left lying
around the apartment.
Either way, cops suspect panic set in
when they realised they could not revive
They say the McCanns were fearful of
going to prison in a foreign country,
having their other children taken away
and losing their livelihoods.
So the parents are said to have hatched
the unlikely plan to cover up her death
and move the body, possibly with the
help of others.
Details of the hour or so they spent
dining with their friends are hazy and
police say they have never been fully
But as far as can be confirmed by the
police, Gerry checked on the children at
9.05pm. Next friend Matthew Oldfield
left the table at 9.30pm to check on the
Crucially, instead of going into the
bedroom Maddie was sharing with
two-year-old twins Sean and Amelie, he
just listened at the door.
Fifteen minutes later, another friend
Jane Tanner, saw a man walking away from
the Ocean Club resort carrying a child
in pyjamas. The clothing matched those
worn by Maddie. Nobody else has come
forward to say they too had seen this
For weeks, the McCanns enjoyed a close
relationship with the police. But by the
beginning of August the relationship
That coincides with the time when police
began to tap the phone calls and emails
between Kate, Gerry and their pals.
Detectives believe they picked up
evidence from the surveillance pointing
to the McCanns knowing that Maddie was
Around the same time, UK cops brought in
forensic teams and sniffer dogs which
located areas of blood and bodily fluid
in both the apartment and the Renault
Scenic rented 25 days after Madeleine
A few days after reports on the samples
came back, Kate and Gerry were quizzed
and named as suspects.
Cops say Madeleine’s blood, bodily
fluid, and a mass of blonde
hair was found in the boot.
They claim there is too much material
for it simply to be explained away as
having rubbed off on the car from
Toxicology reports are also described as
significant. This could indicate whether
Maddie was sedated ? which Kate and
If police can prove the presence of a
sedative, they can also prove the
McCanns have lied.