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The António Castela Cardoso sighting

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The António Castela Cardoso sighting

Post by Cheshire Cat on 10.09.10 16:28

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(from the Cheshire Cat also known as Mr.D)

I am posting this old article from Joanna Morais blog because it continues to intrigue me. There does not appear to be any official record of this sighting in the case files but it differs from all the obviously manufactured sightings because it occured before Madeleine was reported missing. Aspects of this story which leap out at me include the reaction of Clarence Mitchell (his comment about time-lines) and the description of Madeleine being similar to the Smith sighting (pink pyjamas / light, rose coloured pyjamas). Other articles about the taxi drivers sighting include descriptions of 'Madeleine' staring straight ahead and remaining motionless with the exception of the twitch in her chin.

This comment might be important:
“In two hours you can travel from Aldeia da Luz to Vila Real de Santo Antonio and return. Someone can be lying. They should establish if Kate did not go away during this period”, says António.

Is this all a "perfect nonsense" as stated by Clarence Mitchell or could it describe the events leading up to the Smith sighting at 10.00 PM on 3 May 2007? Would there have been time to attempt to resussitate Madeleine in the appartment before Gerry dashed off with the corpse and was spotted by the Smith Family?

Is it possible that this event actually occured prior to 3 May 2007?

Who were the other people in the car with 'Kate' ?

And don't forget the Rog Interview Question to David Payne :

00:52:56 1485 "Did you see them [Kate and Gerry] in a car at all whilst you were in Portugal, prior to Madeleine disappearing?”
Reply "Err we all arrived you know at Praia Da Luz initially in the taxi err apart from that I can’t really recall.”
1485 "That’s it.”
Reply "I can’t recall err seeing you know err going anywhere in a car.”


TAXI-DRIVER IS SURE THAT HE TOOK MADDIE IN HIS CAR IN THE NIGHT OF THE GIRL DISAPPEARANCE
“I transported that girl”

The driver remembers that he transported them in the night of the disappearance, in the 3rd of May, from the square of taxis of Monte Gordo for the Hotel Apolo, in em Vila Real de Santo Antonio. The passengers went then to a jeep. António contacted the PJ, but, as he says, no one took notice of his story.

A taxi-driver of Vila Real de Santo Antonio, in the Algarve, guarantees to have transported Maddie, Kate McCann and three men – one of them similar to Murat – in the night of the disappearance of the English girl, in the 3rd of May of last year. António Castela Cardoso, 67 years, does not forget the hour or the details of the passengers. He regrets that after having communicated the Judiciary Police of Portimão, he never received a follow up call to explain his statement. Taxi-driver, with 17 years in that profession, António Castela has the habit of memorizing the face of his clients. That one particularly, “She was a girl with very pretty eyes and she called my attention because of the sign that she had in one eye and the twitch that she was doing with the chin”, he remembered. In the beginning of that night, António was in the square of taxis of Monte Gordo, four kilometres of Vila Real de Santo Antonio, was ready to stop the cab service. “It was 20h10 and I like seeing the television news”, he remembers.

Man was similar to Murat

The clients approached and asked him to transport them to the Hotel Apolo, in Vila Real de Santo Antonio. The driver did not refuse. On his side a man seated who was using “fine glasses”. “He was similar with the one that appears in the television like the third suspect”, says António, concerning Robert Murat – who is arguido in the case. In the seat behind, a woman “like Kate” sat down, between two men. The girl that the taxi-driver says to be Maddie sat down to the lap of one of them.
“She was wearing pink pyjamas. The mother had the hair tied and a yellow coat”, he remembers, with exactness. It was a silent journey. The passengers did not exchange one word; they did not show any emotions. On the arrival to the journey destiny, António pulled out the baby's chair of the luggage car. “It was the same as what the couple usually uses”, he affirms. The customers asked him, in English language, how much the cab journey was. “I said that there were 3, 25 euros and they gave me five and then I thanked them”, he says.

Top-of-the-line Jeep

The taxi-driver saw three men, the woman and the child move towards a metallic-blue, top-of-the-line Jeep “ I do not know if it would be a BMW, but I remember that the license plate was yellow and therefore was not a Portuguese one ”, he affirms. The vehicle was parked in the Hotel Apolo parking. António returned to his house with the image of the girl in the head. It reminded him of his son, now with 37 years. “My son was operated to his eyes because he had a similar eye defect. He also did that twitch with the chin. They even looked like brothers”, he observed.
The next day, António was watching the television news besides his son and his granddaughter, with the same age of Maddie. With astonishment he saw that the blond girl of light eyes had disappeared. “I immediately told my son: ' I transported that girl yesterday! ’ ”.
The son, a police officer of the GNR, advised the father to phone to the Judiciary Police of Portimão. “ He (the son) dialled the number and I said what I am telling you (to the journalist of 24 Horas newspaper)”, he remembers to 24horas.
The inspector who answered then asked him if in the hotel there was a system of video vigilance. The taxi-driver did not know.
Up to today, António waits the police contact to give declarations personally. “I defend the girl as I would defend my granddaughter”, he affirms.
Some days later, out of curiosity, António still asked for informations to some of his acquaintances, at the service of the Hotel Apolo. He was told that there was not any reservation for that evening. They also told him that the Hotel had not been contacted by the Judiciary Police. Even worse. The system of video vigilance was damaged two years ago and was not catching any image. “Also I do not know if they did enter in the hotel”, says the taxi-driver.

Since then, António Castela has been accompanying the news on Maddie. When the telephone rings, he still thinks that it will be someone who investigates the case that want to speak with him. When he knew that a certain period of time was still to be explained in the investigation, António Castela immediately thought that this might be the explanation. “In two hours you can travel from Aldeia da Luz to Vila Real de Santo Antonio and return. Someone can be lying. They should establish if Kate did not go away during this period”, says António.

The taxi-driver has been telling this history in public establishments and to clients whom he transports. Only this week a journalist of the “Jornal do Algarve” contacted him to publish what the driver affirms to have seen. “Now they do not leave me alone. Tomorrow [today] there is a team coming from England on purpose to interview me”, he says.
Madeleine McCann disappeared mysteriously from the Ocean Club, in Aldeia da Luz, in the 3rd of May. 300 days already have passed since. The parents are still arguidos in the process, but up to now nobody managed to know what it went on that night.

From Correio da Manhã: A source connected with the investigation guaranteed that the facts told by António Castela were "investigated" and the “lead was proven false”.

Madeleine has no Twitches

Clarence Mitchell, spokesman for the McCanns, reacted yesterday with amazement at the declarations of the taxi-driver. “The declarations of Mr. Castela are false. They are a perfect nonsense. He can only be mistaken when he says that at that time he transported Kate and Madeleine with three men”, he said, underlining the fact of being several independent witnesses who place Madeleine's parents in a completely different place. “How is that possible, if at 20h35 several witnesses say that Kate and Gerry were sitting down on a table of the Tapas restaurant”, he questioned. Clarence doubts of the intentions of the taxi-driver. “It astonishes me that only now, ten months later, he talks about this. These are declarations that only cause pain to Kate and Gerry", he said, advancing that that the McCann's daughter has no facial twitches.
“The only sign to report is the one she has in the eye.”

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Re: The António Castela Cardoso sighting

Post by kangdang on 10.09.10 17:09

00:52:56 1485 "Did you see them [Kate and Gerry] in a car at all whilst you were in Portugal, prior to Madeleine disappearing?”
Reply "Err we all arrived you know at Praia Da Luz initially in the taxi err apart from that I can’t really recall.”
1485 "That’s it.”
Reply "I can’t recall err seeing you know err going anywhere in a car.”



"I can't recall" is a well known tactic used during police interviews, my father used it all the time. Dave can recall seeing the McCanns in a car, or he at least has an inkling that he might have. If he genuinely could not recall (i.e. he has no memory of witnessing such an event) he would have stated the following -

00:52:56 1485 "Did you see them [Kate and Gerry] in a car at all whilst you were in Portugal, prior to Madeleine disappearing?”
Reply "errr well we all arrived at Praia da Luz in a taxi, but other than that, No."

His answer also indicates that during their stay at PdL, they [the McCanns] did have access to a car.


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Re: The António Castela Cardoso sighting

Post by chillyheat on 08.11.13 15:24

Its things like this that need attention.....

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Post by Guest on 08.11.13 15:29


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Post by Guest on 08.11.13 15:44

@kangdang wrote: [...] 00:52:56 1485 "Did you see them [Kate and Gerry] in a car at all whilst you were in Portugal, prior to Madeleine disappearing?”
Reply "errr well we all arrived at Praia da Luz in a taxi, but other than that, No." [...]
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In a taxi ... Then what's the video of them on the bus about ...?????

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Post by ultimaThule on 08.11.13 16:02

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@kangdang wrote: [...] 00:52:56 1485 "Did you see them [Kate and Gerry] in a car at all whilst you were in Portugal, prior to Madeleine disappearing?”
Reply "errr well we all arrived at Praia da Luz in a taxi, but other than that, No." [...]
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In a taxi ... Then what's the video of them on the bus about ...?????
The 'bus' looked more like the shuttle which ferries passengers to and from the airport terminal to the planes than any onward transport from Faro to Luz.

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Post by rainbow1 on 08.11.13 16:04

I remember the story coming out and my gut feeling is that this taxi driver's story was very important. The child may have had an accident and the people in the taxi were taking her for medical help or to a friend  in another town? Just something about this story .

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Post by MaryB on 08.11.13 16:12

I read a long time ago that Robert Murat had a daughter the same age as Madeleine and looked a bit like her.  Not sure if this was true or not.

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Post by Guest on 08.11.13 16:20

@MaryB wrote:I read a long time ago that Robert Murat had a daughter the same age as Madeleine and looked a bit like her.  Not sure if this was true or not.
She is about six months older than Madeleine but wasn't in PDL then. From the pictures I've seen of her as a young child, she looks nothing like her.

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Post by Guest on 08.11.13 16:25

No Fate Worse Than De'Ath wrote:
@MaryB wrote:I read a long time ago that Robert Murat had a daughter the same age as Madeleine and looked a bit like her.  Not sure if this was true or not.
She is about six months older than Madeleine but wasn't in PDL then. From the pictures I've seen of her as a young child, she looks nothing like her.
If you google RM with his daughter, there is a pic that appeared in the Daily Mail, which I think looks similar to Madeleine, but then perhaps its just me.

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Post by Estelle on 08.11.13 16:31

I have a theory which I guess none of you will agree with. This theory has interested me ever since I became aware of it. IMO the only way this story could have any relevance is if the girl was the substitute Madalene who attended the creche all week.  IMO her parents resemble Kate and Gerry in appearance which I have been told by a researcher on this case. As such they would know Murat and the Tapas9. She had finished her role and IMO they were heading back to their car to drive back to the UK escorted by two of them.  This seems far-fetched I know but IMO it was definitely not Maddie.

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Post by MaryB on 08.11.13 16:33

I think they look a little similar too.  Same blond hair and style.  At a distance who would know the difference.

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Post by Guest on 08.11.13 16:46

@ultimaThule wrote: The 'bus' looked more like the shuttle which ferries passengers to and from the airport terminal to the planes than any onward transport from Faro to Luz.
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Thank you, ultimaThule :-) It's been a long time since I was on a shuttle [bus] from a terminal to a plane [last time must have been Havana, where everything was different from what I knew here] and didn't think of that ...

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Post by margaret on 08.11.13 17:34

@Estelle wrote:I have a theory which I guess none of you will agree with. This theory has interested me ever since I became aware of it. IMO the only way this story could have any relevance is if the girl was the substitute Madalene who attended the creche all week.  IMO her parents resemble Kate and Gerry in appearance which I have been told by a researcher on this case. As such they would know Murat and the Tapas9. She had finished her role and IMO they were heading back to their car to drive back to the UK escorted by two of them.  This seems far-fetched I know but IMO it was definitely not Maddie.
You're right, Naylors child who it looks like Gerry signed in the crèche. If there was a Substitute she would have to leave before Maddie was reported missing, and remember there was talk of a 10th tapas member who left.


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Post by Estelle on 08.11.13 17:47

@margaret wrote:
@Estelle wrote:I have a theory which I guess none of you will agree with. This theory has interested me ever since I became aware of it. IMO the only way this story could have any relevance is if the girl was the substitute Madalene who attended the creche all week.  IMO her parents resemble Kate and Gerry in appearance which I have been told by a researcher on this case. As such they would know Murat and the Tapas9. She had finished her role and IMO they were heading back to their car to drive back to the UK escorted by two of them.  This seems far-fetched I know but IMO it was definitely not Maddie.
You're right, Naylors child who it looks like Gerry signed in the crèche. If there was a Substitute she would have to leave before Maddie was reported missing, and remember there was talk of a 10th tapas member who left.

Thanks, Margaret. I did not think anyone would agree with me. IMO it was not the Naylor's child but MR, the substitute child, her parents and you might be right, the 10th Tapas member plus another man as there were three men, the mother and a blonde look-alike child, Madeleine. Maybe she was the child with the coloboma and not Maddie McCann as the McCanns have denied that their daughter had this since.

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Post by Humanist on 08.11.13 17:50

Amazing.
That the one sighting that could be genuine keeps getting pushed aside for the Smith sighting.

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Post by Estelle on 08.11.13 18:35

@Humanist wrote:Amazing.
That the one sighting that could be genuine keeps getting pushed aside for the Smith sighting.
IMO it could not be true, if it happened on May 3, because if the dogs are right, Maddie died in Apartment 5A and this was a live child in the taxi.  I often wondered whether it could have happened earlier in the week if he got his dates wrong but NOT on May 3 or 4.  The sub-Maddie being there in the taxi with her parents is the only thing which IMO would make any sense.

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