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On the 16th of May 2007, two doctor friends of the McCanns, and
the Paynes, make a statement to Leicestershire Police (LP) in which they express their concern over sexually suggestive gestures
made by David Payne on a previous holiday in Majorca. These alleged gestures are considered, by one of the witnesses, to be
consistent with acts of paedophilia.
The statements are not sent from LP to the Policia Judiciária (PJ)
until 24 October 2007 (arriving on 26 October 2007), 24 days after Gonçalo Amaral had been removed from the
In an interview with Correio da Manhã, published on 24 July 2008, Gonçalo Amaral states
that the depositions arrived in May, but this refers to the date they arrived at LP.
Intriguingly, the letter from
LP mentions the completion of a written questionnaire - by David and Fiona Payne - but it is unclear whether that questionnaire
was supplied by the PJ or whether it was instigated by LP themselves. There appears to be no copy of the questionnaire anywhere
in the PJ files.
Correio da Manhã reports, on 19 July 2008, that 'the depositions ... only entered the
process in January 2008 ... 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.' However, this statement,
about the depositions only entering the process in January 2008, does not appear to be supported by the PJ files themselves.
It is unknown whether these statements by the Gaspars were subject to any further follow-up by either LP or the PJ.
Also on this page are the statements of Yvone Martin who expressed concerns about David Payne and the behaviour of
the McCanns. It is understood these statements were followed up by Gonçalo Amaral, who notes in his book, 'The
Truth of the Lie', that Leicestershire Police reported: "There is nothing incriminating in his past and, as we were
able to verify, he has no criminal record."
Yvone Martin: Service Information, 14 November 2007
ignored complaint of paedophilia against one of the McCanns friends, 19 July
English ignored complaint of paedophilia against one of the
McCanns friends Correio da Manhã
Statements - Doctor friends of the McCanns talked with the British police
19.07.2008 Thanks to 'astro' for
- Extract from article -
Payne, one of the friends of the McCanns who were holidaying in the Algarve on the 3rd of May last year when Madeleine disappeared,
was suspected of paedophile behaviour.
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 holiday in the Algarve on the 3rd of May last year, when Madeleine
disappeared, was suspected of paedophile behaviour.
The accusations were brought by a couple of friends that spent
their holiday 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
behaviour and indiciated 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 on 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.
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 led 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
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
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.
Cadaver was frozen or kept in the cold, 24 July 2008
Cadaver was frozen or kept in the cold Correio da Manhã
(no longer available online)
2008 Thanks to Joana Morais for translation - Extract from interview
with Gonçalo Amaral -
"Payne is the last one to see her"
Correio da Manhã – When do testimonies concerning
David Payne's behaviour indicating sexual practices with minors arrive?
Gonçalo Amaral –
In May. Something went wrong with that group during a holiday: David Payne made revealing gestures concerning behaviour towards
children. Even towards Maddie. We asked for information but it arrived after the 26th of October. They sent the information
without giving it any importance.
What exactly did arrive?
A couple of doctors spent
holidays in Mallorca, in 2005, with David Payne, the McCanns and another couple. The lady says she saw Payne with his finger
in his mouth, making a movement in and out, while rubbing his nipple with the other hand. And he was talking about Maddie,
next to her father. Those statements should have been given a different treatment by the police. It was relevant to access
the information, about doctors, who are just as credible as anyone else.
What else remains unclear concerning
He will be the last one to see Maddie alive after 5.30 p.m., when she leaves the crèche.
He meets Gerry playing tennis and asks him about Kate and the children. Gerry answers that they are in the apartment and he
goes there. He returns 30 minutes later. Kate says it was 30 seconds. There is something not quite right here.
Maddie - friend of the McCanns under suspicion, 16 April 2009
Maddie - friend of the McCanns under suspicion
O Crime (paper edition only)
'O Crime', 16 April 2009
16 April 2009 Translation by Nigel Moore / Joana Morais Thanks to Mercedes for original article and scanned image A British doctor raised doubts about David Payne, describing
behaviour that they deemed inappropriate and obscene. The suspicion, which concerned the matter of health care, led to monitoring
when he bathed the children and preventing him from being close to her own daughter. Meanwhile, Payne comes to Portugal this
week, in a lightning visit.
The doubts are reflected in a statement given to police in Leicestershire,
which was subsequently sent to the Policía Judiciaria, carried out on the 16th of May 2007, less than two weeks after
the disappearance of Madeleine, which point towards the behaviour of David Payne, 43 years, cardiovascular researcher, along
with his wife and mother-in-law, who accompanied the McCanns on their holiday to the Algarve.
holidays we also met friends of Gerry and Kate. There was a married couple named Dave and Fiona, whose surname was Payne (...)
were married and had one daughter, 1-year-old. I remember that on these holidays, Fiona was pregnant," said the doctor.
"There was another couple who also spent the holiday with us. (...) I did not know these two families until we
went on holiday together. As I recall, I think that David organised the holiday and we all stayed together in a big house
while we stayed in Mallorca. We spent a week on holiday, however, the McCann family, and the Payne family stayed for two weeks,"
recalls Katherina G.
Her statement then becomes more expressive when it relates to the behaviour of David Payne:
"Possibly around the fourth or fifth day abroad, I remember an incident that stayed recorded in my head. I was seated
between Dave and Gerry who I believe were both speaking about Madeleine. I don't remember the conversation in its entirety,
but it seemed they were discussing a possible scenario. I remember David telling Gerry something like "she", referring
to Madeleine, "would do this".
Judging by the statements, even the doctor was convinced that she was
the topic of conversation. When he mentioned "this", Dave was sucking on one of his fingers, pushing it inside and
outside his mouth, while with the other hand he made a circle around his nipple, with a circulatory movement over his clothes.
This was done in a provocative manner and carried an explicit insinuation in relation to what he was doing and making. I remember
that I was shocked at this, and looked at Gerry, and also at Dave, to gauge their reactions. I looked around as if saying
"did someone else hear that, or was it just me". There was a nervous silence registered in all the conversations
and afterwards, everyone began talking again," said the British doctor.
Later she said: "Besides this,
I remember that Dave did the same thing once again. When I refer to this, I want to clarify that it was during a conversation
in which he was talking about an imaginary situation, though I could not say exactly what about. (...). He put one of his
fingers in his mouth and slide it in and out, and with the other hand, drew a circle around his nipple in a sexually and provocative
way. I believe that he was referring to the way that his daughter would behave or do it. (...) When I heard Dave doing and
making this a second time, I took it more seriously. I remember thinking whether he looked at the girls in a manner different
from me or from the others. I imagined that maybe he had visited Internet sites related to small children. In short, I thought
he was interested in internet child pornography." Attentive to the baths
Katherina made a highly critical assessment of the behaviour that she claims to have observed. And
so became attentive to any contact between Payne and children. "During our holidays I was more attentive at bath time
after hearing Dave saying that. During our vacation in Mallorca, it was the fathers who took care of the children's baths.
I had the tendency to walk close to the bathroom, if Dave was bathing his children. I remember telling Savio (her husband)
to be careful and to be there, in case it was Dave helping to bathe the children and, in particular, to my daughter Ellen.
I was very clear about this, as having heard him disturbed me, and did not trust him to give a bath to Ellen alone,"
said the doctor friend of the McCanns in her statement to police.
"The first time I had knowledge of the terrible
news about Madeleine's disappearance through the radio, my thoughts went immediately to Dave. (...) I watched TV meticulously,
and seeing the coverage of the news, I understood that Dave was there, because I saw him, in the background, on the television
images during the first days after the Madeleine's disappearance," said the witness.
At the same time,
her husband Savio described the behaviour of Dave (the finger making circles around the nipple), considering the gesture inappropriate
and "extremely bad taste, regardless of the context of the conversation." Savio ends his statement by saying: "It
is my wish that the police are aware of my concern about the gesture made by Dave Payne."
True, these statements
and the eventual evaluation of the facts revealed, did not eventually have consequences in the case. Other information was
added to the enigma that was transformed into the disappearance of Madeleine.
David Payne is expected this Friday
in Faro, in a lightning visit to the village of Luz. He comes with a team from Channel 4, who are making a documentary about
Maddie. The same team that were already in that place a week ago, that time accompanied by Gerry McCann. Payne will leave
the day after flying from England.
Madeleine McCann case - David Payne may hold the key to the mystery, 18 April 2009
Madeleine McCann case - David Payne may hold the key
to the mystery TVMais (paper edition only)
"The English aurhorities should explain what the complaint is, that they have against David
Payne, and who presented it"
Gonçalo Amaral, author of the documentary TVI broadcast this week, told
tvmais that Payne may hold the key to the mystery and the disappearance of Maddie
Carvalho 18 April 2009 Translation by
"If the Attorney General of the Republic watched the programme with care, he should have
no alternative other than to reopen the case!" The emphatic claim comes from the coordinator of the Judiciary in the
investigation of the Maddie case, until October 2007, in an exclusive interview with tvmais.
Amaral was removed from the investigation he wrote the book "Maddie: The Truth of the Lie", a work that inspired
the documentary that TVI devoted 50 minutes to on Monday, after the "National Telediary".
the process would mean that the prosecutor would be acknowledging a mistake," Gonçalo Amaral told tvmais. "As
you can see, we demonstrated in the documentary that, physically, abduction could not have happened. It also became clear
that she died that same day, May 3, 2007," the inspector said shortly after the broadcast on TVI. "But above all,
the role that David Payne played in the case needs to be understood. Certainly with the girl and with Kate McCann."
We ask the coordinator of the PJ to explain these words. "The British authorities have, since May 16, 2007, a
complaint filed by Katherina G., a doctor and former friend of Payne and Gerry McCann. In that complaint, she explains the
suspicions that she has had about David Payne since she spent a holiday with Payne and McCann in Mallorca. Gerry McCann is
accused of inaction and complacency in the attitude of David Payne." Suspected
The claim of Gonçalo Amaral refers to the British couple, (doctors Katherina
and Arul) who denounced David Payne. During that past holiday with the McCann's and Payne's in Mallorca, summer 2005,
that British doctor retained an impression and never forgot what she saw one night when Gerry and David were talking about
Maddie. David sucked on his finger, pushing it into and out of his mouth, while with the other hand made circles around his
nipple. Days later, the doctor said, she returned to see Dave do the same gestures when speaking about his own daughter. Katherina
decided to take special care with her own daughter and asked her husband to ensure that her daughter was never left alone
with Payne when she was taking a bath. Kaherina said she had associated the gestures with someone who likes to see pornography.
"I remember thinking if he would look at girls in a different way," she concluded. Twelve days after Maddie disappeared
(16 May), Katherina and Arul went to the police to reveal the two conversations with Dave and Gerry, which first showed suspicious
behaviour and suggested sex with minors. Katherina provided an eight-page statement. She described the holiday in Mallorca
with McCann and Payne. Katherina's partner confirmed the gestures made by Dave during the conversation with Gerry, but
said he did not realise that they were talking about Maddie. He also believed that the behaviour was of extremely
bad taste. The statements were provided on May 16, 2007, but had no input into the process until January 2008 (Volume XIII).
By then, the rogatory letters had already been sent. David Payne, the same
Tvmais has already reported that David Payne is the same one that the PJ did not see testify in England. He is the only
one whose statements for the famous rogatory letters, that the PJ sent to England, were remade because of a malfunction in
David Payne was one of the friends dining with the McCanns on the night of the disappearance of
the girl at the Ocean Club. He is the man that tvmais had already confirmed had been in apartment 5A of the resort (home of
the McCanns) about 19:00 that afternoon of May 3, 2007, shortly before, therefore, the time that the girl was reported as
missing. Up to the closure of this edition, we failed to confirm whether someone from the Attorney General's Office saw
the documentary. Although the rest had already been informed by tvmais throughout the almost two years that have elapsed since
the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, a British child of 4-years-old, in the Algarve. We even showed the reported information
of the declarations about Payne to the British police. It was the phrase Gonçalo Amaral on TVI's documentary: "It
can be said with all certainty that Madeleine McCann was not abducted." McCanns
already control the fortune
The fund created just nine days after the disappearance of Maddie (a
fund whose only goal was to raise funds to find the girl, accumulating millions of euros) has a new director: Gerald McCann,
the very father of Madeleine McCann. Discreetly, they had already entered Peter Hubner, John McCann, Edward Smethurst, Doug
Skehan, Jon Corner and other friends of the McCanns. This special status of the fund means that detailed accounts on how the
money is spent do not need to be submitted. The McCanns house and other expenses are not reflected as being paid by the fund,
although of the accounts presented, what is clear, is that barely 13% of the money was spent on investigations to "find
the girl." The rest also went, but where is not known...
David Payne describes Madeleine, 24 April 2009
David Payne describes Madeleine
Extract from David Payne's rogatory
statement to Leicestershire Police on 10 April 2008 24 April 2009
"Mmm..., errr... Madeleine's,
errr... a very striking, errr... beautiful child, I'd almost - if I want a better phrase - call her doll-like, you
know. She was very, you know, I think, you know, very unique looking child, errr... she'd got very pretty, you know, blonde
hair, errr... in a bob, she was quite a petite, errr... child and, you know, she was very bubbly, very, errr... you know,
she was a very good child to, to interact with. She was very bright, you could have a lot of fun with Madeleine, errr... and,
you know, she, she was, you know, Kate and Gerry's, you know, pride and joy. They'd had a lot of trouble conceiving,
you know, with IVF and everything and, you know, Madeleine was their miracle. She was obviously very unique with the fact
that she'd got the, you know, the iris defect, errr... but, you know, she was certainly a happy go lucky child, you know,
she was, she would interact with the other children very well, as I said on the other, earlier recording, you know, she played
very happily with Lily and, you know, indeed the other children. She was, you know, very... she is a very beautiful child
and good fun."
"You know, I, you know, a fact I've come across already you know,
she was a... she's a very bright child, you know, she wouldn't be the kind of mischievous child who, you know, and
just try and get out of the flat and, you know, get up to mischief and that, you know, there's fun in all children but
she certainly wasn't that kind of child. She was very bright."
Suspicions about Payne were never investigated, 27 April 2009
The suspicions against medic David Payne, one of the McCanns' English friends, who was in Praia da Luz on the 3rd of
May 2007, when Madeleine disappeared, were never investigated. Meanwhile, the doctor moved house and doesn't live in the same
London area anymore. He was expected to return to Praia da Luz over the last few days, to record the documentary that is being
prepared in England, but he ended up cancelling the trip. It is unknown if an actor will play his part in the reconstruction
that is promoted by Kate and Gerry.
"On the day that Madeleine disappeared, his behaviour was very strange. He tried to sit in during the interrogations
of Kate and Gerry, and he seemed very upset", a member of staff at the Ocean Club who assisted the searches during the first
few hours, told CM.
David Payne was cited in the process twice, as having strange behaviour towards children. The first case took place in
the initial hours that followed the child's disappearance, when a social services worker from England, who happened to be
on holidays in Lagos, stated that she recognised Payne from a situation that she had investigated and which was related to
child neglect or sexual abuse.
Later, an English couple told the police that a year before they had been on holidays with the McCanns and with the Payne
couple, and that back then, the doctor had had a conversation with Gerry, which they witnessed, that indicated child abuse.
Payne used to bathe the children and since that day, that English couple, both doctors as well, prevented him from getting
close to their daughter.
Payne wasn't questioned by the police because he returned to England in the meantime.
The McCann couple then refused to take part in the reconstruction of the night when Maddie disappeared, thus making it
impossible for the suspicions against Payne to be proved or dismissed. At that time, Gerry and Kate were already arguidos
over the concealment of the cadaver and neglect towards their children.
The future is bright - the future is European!, August/September 2009
Mr. David Payne Leicester General Hospital Urology dept Leicester
It's a pleasant Sunday morning in Athens and the temperature is approaching 30˚C. I'm
sipping a Mythos beer in the shade of an umbrella whilst taking in the view of the Acropolis, satisfied with the new award
- Fellow of the European board of urology (FEBU). Not bad considering less than 48 hours ago I was leaving the rainy shores
So what madness drove me to sit yet more exams? I had always been impressed with the EAU's approach
to trainees and as a junior member I had enrolled on the European Residents Education Programme (EUREP) in Prague. This is
essentially a revision course with the option for final year trainees to sit the EBU MCQ paper at the end of the week. Those
who pass the exam can proceed to sit the EBU oral exam held at a later date. On the course I met several UK trainees who were
using the week to prepare for the UK FRCS urology exam. This seemed a sensible strategy to sit both the European and English
exams in quick succession whilst being at your most knowledgeable.
I eventually sat the EBU written exam in London
in November 2008 along with 17 other hopeful candidates. In total, 227 trainees across Europe took the exam at several venues.
The paper consisted of 150 MCQ's, which had to be completed within 2 1/2 hours. The paper was very fair with the questions
being mainly clinically orientated and applicable to UK practice.
Two weeks later I was notified that I had passed
the exam and was provided with a breakdown of marks for each urology sub-speciality. This latter feature was helpful in directing
subsequent revision for the FRCS urology written paper that was conveniently held six weeks later, which I also passed. So
far so good...
Next up were the oral examinations with the FRCS in May and the EBU equivalent in June. The FRCS
viva involved answering questions on 16 different scenarios testing all of the urology sub-specialities. Although re-energised
by the relief of passing the FRCS vivas, I did question the logic of rushing off two weeks later to sit another viva abroad.
However, on landing in Athens on a Friday night with the warm breeze that greets you on arrival, the ordeal becomes
more like an adventure. The vivas were held on the Saturday in a hotel not far from the city centre. Unlike the endless vivas
for the FRCS, the EBU oral consists of three structured scenarios lasting just under an hour. My first viva covered paediatrics,
the next penile cancer, with the final clinical based problem beginning with a BPH scenario which took a cheeky change in
direction, turning into the management of bladder cancer.
The examiners were very friendly and encouraging throughout
but expected knowledge to be backed up with reference to the 2009 EAU guidelines. Once the vivas are finished, the award ceremony
was held later on that evening. The names of those who have passed are called out and the FEBU diploma is awarded to the applause
of the other trainees. Very few people fail outright, with borderline candidates getting another opportunity to sit a pass
fail viva that evening.
My overall impression of the EBU exam is a very positive one. It's reasonably priced,
well organised with sensible, and clinically based questions giving trainees from all over Europe the chance to test their
clinical abilities. To date, 188 urologists in the UK have passed the diploma – the total stands at 2617. Although FEBU
is not currently recognised as a formal qualification, the number of UK trainees sitting the exam is likely to continue to
So book your exam, make a long weekend break and embrace the opportunities of a European market. Who knows,
that job in Tuscany is just round the corner!
McCanns defend their action against detective, 21 January 2010
Gerry McCann defended his legal action against a detective who led the investigation into his daughter's disappearence,
saying his book had damaged the search for Madeleine. He spoke to reporters as he left a court in Lisbon on the second day
of a hearing at which former police chief Gonçalo Amaral is attempting to overturn a ban on his book, which questions
the McCanns' account of what happened to Madeleine.
Gerry flew home after the second day of the trial and Kate
was joined by Fiona Payne, a member of the so-called Tapas seven group of friends.
However there have been worrying
reports regarding her husband, David, who was also amongst the group. Dr. Katherine Zacharias Gaspar told Leicestershire Police
on May, 16, 2007, that she and her husband were friends of the McCanns and went on holiday with them and the Paynes in September
2005. During this holiday an incident stuck in her mind.
"I was sitting between Gerry and David and I think
both were talking about Madeleine (...). I remember David saying something to Gerry about "she", meaning Madeleine
'would do this'. While he mentioned the word 'this', David was doing the action of sucking one of his fingers,
pushing it in and out of his mouth, while with his other hand he was doing a circle around his nipple (...). I remember being
shocked by that."
Gerry also told reporters outside the court that there is 'absolutely no evidence'
that Maddie is dead, after the testimonies of three members of the Portuguese Police expressed their suspicions of her death
during the hearing.