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How Maddie's creche attendance was "arranged"

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Re: How Maddie's creche attendance was "arranged"

Post by Phoebe on 25.04.17 13:01

@Verdi wrote:
@Phoebe wrote:Cat Baker on 10/3/07 makes an extra statement about trips to the beach taken by Madeleine's group. She alleges these happened on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons and on Thursday morning for the "mini sail". She describes the route taken and places herself at the head of the "Sammy Snake" line but does not clarify that this was the case for each trip. She merely describes the safety measures used when taking children to the beach. Regarding the day of the "mini sail" she states-

- Alice Standley accompanied the children ON THE ROUTE and on the boat.

- All said that the children did not meet anyone else during their time at the beach, nor during the trip to it.
- All said that they saw no-one suspicious watching the children nor in the vicinity.
- Catriona said she noticed nothing abnormal [unusual] along the route either when going to the beach or when returning to the resort area.


 Why does Cat. report on what "all said". If she was there she would have stated "I saw nothing suspicious".
There is no mention of the "I'm scared" episode and indeed Cat never says anything in this interview to place her at the beach on the Thurs. Why would Alice Standley need to leave the beach (she was a sailing instructor) and accompany children on the route down to the beach if the nannies were already with them? My take on Cat's statement is that she did not accompany the children to any mini sail on Thursday and therefore did not see Madeleine there.
The information contained in the PJ files about Madeleine's alleged trip to the beach, with other children, is not a verbatim witness statement.  It is the PJ's report on the beach trip, including a transcript of Catriona Baker's description of the sequence of events..

04-Processos, volume IV . Pgs. 870 to 873
04 - VOLUME IVa_Page_870
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04 - VOLUME IVa_Page_871
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04 - VOLUME IVa_Page_872
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04 - VOLUME IVa_Page_873
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Date: 2007.05.10
Place: Praia da Luz, Lagos
Officer responsible: Manuel Pinho, Inspector
Description and result of diligence
Today (10 May 07), accompanied by Joao Barreiras and Catriona Baker, the 'nanny' responsible for the missing minor, retraced the places and times at which they left the resort area to go to Praia da Luz. A photographic report [of this journey] is attached:
- We were told by Catriona that the only days they went to the beach were Tuesday afternoon (1 May 2007) between 15:30 and 16:30, on Wednesday (the next day) at the same time and on Thursday between 10 and 11 o'clock (see attached table [of creche activities]).

- The route taken was as follows:

1. The parents left the children at "Baby Club", Mark Warner, situated next to the principal reception and which is open 24 hours;
2. then Catriona, with Madeleine and 4 or 5 more children, walked toward the beach. The distance is about 100 metres but not in a straight line;
3. she was always in front with the children behind linked together in a "summy snake" (the object being to form a snake so that the children stayed together in Indian file);
4. leaving the "Baby Club" they descended the stairs to the principal reception, through the front-entrance and crossed Rua Direita (the main street in Praia da Luz) heading for Beco das Palmeiras [passageway: called 'alley of palm trees'];
5. then they made a right towards Beco do Nordeste [passageway: called 'northeast alley'] after which they made a left and went down a stairway next to a property called "Casa Ortiga", that has the number 17;
6. at the bottom of the steps is Travessa das Redes [another street];
7. crossing this they descended alongside the parking lot towards the esplanade that runs the length of the beach;
8. after reaching the beach they went along the boardwalk to an area where there was a red awning and several thatched sunshades;

- On the first two days the children played and did activities in the sand. On the Thursday they went sailing next to the beach.
- On that day they sailed in a small yellow "catamaran";
- Alice Standley accompanied the children on the route and on the boat. Three children sailed with her at one time;

- Chris Unswork transported the children in a red amphibious boat (life-saving boat) until the boat reached the open sea, and, a few minutes later, returned them to the beach to pick up three other children from the group;

- All said that the children did not meet anyone else during their time at the beach, nor during the trip to it.
- All said that they saw no-one suspicious watching the children nor in the vicinity.
- Catriona said she noticed nothing abnormal [unusual] along the route either when going to the beach or when returning to the resort area.
I'm still wondering why Alice Standley would need to accompany the children on the route. I would have expected her and Chris to have waited on the beach for them. Lindsay Johnston, the creche manager, is also confused about this trip. She's not sure what day it happened but claims Gerry and Kate also accompanied Madleleine on her way to the mini sail. I find it odd that allegedly, on Tues and Wed, the nannies alone were capable of taking the children there but by Thurs they had to enlist the sailing instructor and Kate and Gerry to make the same short trip.
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