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Revised translation of Russell O’Brien’s 4th May 2007 statement.


Processos Volume I
Pages 80 – 82


Policia Judiciaria

Portimao Criminal Investigation Department



WITNESS STATEMENT


Date: 2007-05-04

Time: 21.45

Place: Portimao DIC

Interviewing Officer: Inspector Joao Carvalho

Name: Russell James O'Brien


Nationality: English

Date of Birth: 1970-11-26

Residence: Exeter.

Civil status: Common Law Union.

Profession: Doctor



Being a British citizen and not understanding Portuguese, in its written or spoken form, the witness is accompanied during this act by a translator: Filipa M da Conceicao Silva.

The witness completely corroborates the statements by his partner Jane Tanner and by Rachael Mampilly, taken by Inspector Joao Carvalho, concerning the journey, the composition of the group and the daily routines of the adults and children of the group, of which he is a member, at the Ocean Cub, Praia da Luz.

In addition to his partner, he is on holiday with his two children **** O'Brien, aged three years and **** O'Brien aged one year.

He works as a doctor being a colleague of (Gerry) McCann, having worked together directly for six months.

His partner became pregnant at the same time as Gerry's wife, his daughter E*** differing more or less by one month in age to Madeleine Beth McCann.

**** and Madeleine were in the same room at the Kids Cub, near the reception, the staff responsible for them are Cat and another woman named Emma.

Until yesterday, May 3rd 2007, he has no knowledge of anything suspicious or strange happening around the group of friends or their children. Everybody seemed normal to him from the cleaning staff, the gardeners, to the rest of the resort’s employees. He never noticed anything strange at the beach either or anyone looking at them in a suspicious manner.

Yesterday, his daughter E*** was feeling ill. The witness dropped E*** (his other daughter) at the Kids Club at around 10 after breakfast.

He completely corroborates his partner Jane Tanner's statements about the rest of the day.

At around 19.15/19.30, the witness went to his apartment. He read some stories to his daughters, staying with **** who was feeling better. Meanwhile, his partner, Jane, went to have dinner at the "TAPAS" restaurant at around 20.30 and he went there at around 20.45.

When he arrived at the restaurant, some of the adults were already present, without children. David and Fiona Payne and Diane Webster were missing. They arrived more or less 5 minutes later.

At around 21.00, they had all ordered their meals.

As was normal, more or less every 15 minutes one person from each apartment would go to the apartments/rooms to check if the children were all right. Yesterday, as E*** was not well, the interval between checks was reduced.

He recalls that Matthew Oldfield left the restaurant shortly after 21.00 , having gone to the apartment to see the children.

He is no longer certain who left first, but five minutes later, Gerry McCann and his own partner, Jane, left, almost simultaneously. Jane must have returned first because she met Gerry talking to a person who was also staying at the resort, named Jez.

He thinks that Jane only checked their apartment, being more worried about E***. Then Gerry came back at around 21.25/21.30. At that moment began to eat the starters.

At about 21.35/21.40, taking advantage of the period during which they waited for their main courses to be served, the witness left the restaurant with Matthew to check the children. When he got to his apartment, his daughter E*** was crying and he stayed in her bedroom with her. He thinks that Matthew went to his own apartment.

Matthew returned to the restaurant five minutes after having left it.

His partner came to take his place about 15 minutes later so that he could finish his dinner.

At about 21.55, he went back to the restaurant where he waited for 5 or 10 minutes for his food to be served. All the other adults had finished.

At about 22.00, Kate Healy went out to check her children in her apartment, having returned shouting and entered the restaurant shouting, coming towards the table where we were all seated, that Madeleine had disappeared.

We all ran out and the witness together with other persons decided to go around the apartment blocks and our own apartments to see if we could find Madeleine.

During the personal search he made following the disappearance he did not identify any suspicious element, person or object.

When it appeared to them that she was possibly not in the immediate vicinity of the apartments they widened the search zone but it proved fruitless.

He does not know who called the police.

No more is said. He reads, ratifies and signs.


Statement signed by Inspector Carvalho and the translator


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Processos Vol V Pages 1320 to 1322

Witness statement

Russell James O'Brien

Date: 2007.05.16


He comes to the process as a witness and of his own free will to make this statement.

When asked he says that he does not speak Portuguese and is assisted by the interpreter Alice Avakoff.

When asked whether he is capable of recognising without any doubt the suspect Robert Murat, the witness replies yes.

When questioned he says that the first time he saw Robert Murat was on the night of the events currently under investigation, in other words, the night upon which Madeleine disappeared, at about 01.00 in the early morning of 4th May.

That he saw Murat for the first time at this moment in the Rua Silva in front of the apartment where the events occurred, near to the parking area.

When asked whether Murat arrived before or after the police, the witness says that he does not know, given that at the time the police arrived he was not present as he was searching for Madeleine.

When he saw him for the first time the police were on the scene.

Robert Murat appeared in the middle of different people (friends from the group, people from the resort, tourists and locals) who were searching for Madeleine. he adds that he does not know at what time Murat appeared on the scene, nor whether he arrive alone or accompanied, in the sense that when the witness arrived at the scene, Murat was already there.

When asked, he says that as far as he can remember, Robert was translating conversations between two officers and various people who were searching for Madeleine. As far as he could make out at that time, it seemed that Robert was trying to help, in the sense that these people were exasperated with some of the officers. He remembers that all the people were quite upset, whilst Robert was very calm. That morning was the first time the witness spoke to Murat, not remembering whether he had approached Murat or whether Robert had addressed him. They had various discussions including the fact that Robert was fluent in Portuguese as he had lived in the country for many years.

He adds that Robert told him he had a daughter of Madeleine�s age in the UK and that Madeleine�s disappearance was a terrible thing.

When asked what Murat was wearing that night, the witness says he is not certain but thinks he was wearing dark coloured trousers, he can�t remember the colour, and a T-shirt, perhaps dark grey in colour and perhaps a jacket, the characteristics of which he cannot describe. He clearly remembers that Robert wore glasses.

When asked he says he does not know how Robert found out about Madeleine's disappearance nor how he arrived at the scene.

When asked, he says that he had never seen Robert before.

After this morning the witness saw Murat 3 more times, once on the morning of 4th May in the same street, rua Silva at about 12.00 in the company of police officers. About two days later he saw Murat at the OC reception at about 12.00/14.00. Robert was alone and walking towards the previously mentioned road. The witness says that he (ROB) was accompanied by Rachel. The last time he saw Robert was last Sunday, near to his house at about 20.30. At that moment the witness was with Jane.

He never noticed anything suspicious about Murat except for the last time he saw him when Robert was being transported in a vehicle, a green van with four windows, he does not remember the make, model or number plate and that he stopped, got out of the van, opened the back and showed photos of Madeleine and that he showed himself to be a very important person in the investigation, saying that he was providing immense help to the police in discovering the truth.

When asked, he says that according to his wife Jane, she did not see Murat on the night of the events as she had spent most of the time looking after her children.

No more is said. Reads, ratifies, signs.


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Processos VOLUME VIII, pages 1945 to 1946

Witness statement of Russell James O'Brien 2007.07.11
Date: 11 July 2007; Time: 19h15; Place: Praia da Luz
Officer: Paulo F., Inspector
To the matter at hand he said:
--- That he confirms the completeness of his previous declarations given in the present case, giving
all of it unchanged as reproduced for this present document.
--- The deponent reaffirms that in truth he met Robert Murat on the night on which Madeleine
disappeared. He saw him for the first time about 01h00 on 4 May near to the parking area in front
of the main entrance [front door] of the apartment from which Madeleine disappeared.
--- That in the early hours of the morning of 4 May he was speaking with Robert Murat, having
spoken about the circumstances in which Madeleine could have disappeared. He saw him several
times that night given that he had stayed [remained] in the area [and] having also seen him
speaking with uniformed people.
--- The deponent would like now to inform that at some time he was aware that Robert Murat
assisted police officers [by] being the interpreter. Therefore, at some time, but already the following
morning, it appeared to him, he [ROB] approached Robert Murat having asked him [RM] to give
him [ROB] his [RM's] telephone number because he [ROB] considered that at some time he might
need the support of that person [RM] given that he spoke Portuguese correctly. In truth Robert
Murat furnished him with his mobile number which the deponent inserted into the calendar/address
book of his own mobile phone. He doesn't recall exactly the time that happened but has the idea
that it was already during the morning of 4 May [i.e. it was already daylight]. In an analysis of the
calendar/address book of the mobile phone by PJ officers it was verified that the number of Robert
Murat was inserted there immediately before number 914..., indicated as being of David Priest.
Questioned the deponent states that David was an Anglican priest [English vicar?] with whom the
deponent spoke on the morning of 4 May, and [of/from] whom he had asked his [David P.'s]
telephone number. He recalls that the conversation that he had had with that vicar was
accomplished [done/made] already at the end of the morning in the Ocean Club it having been on
that occasion that the deponent introduced that number into his calendar/address book.
--- He has no knowledge of any other facts that might assist in any way the present investigation.
--- The present work was accomplished in the presence of of Mrs. Lieve Van Loock, interpreter
who translated all questions and answers.
Nothing more said. Read, ratifies and will sign.


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04-Processos Volume IV, pgs. 934 to 941
942 also OUTROS APENSOS I, Volume 1 page 08
Russell O'Brien's interview 11th May 2007

WITNESS STATEMENT

Name: Russell James O'Brien
Date: 2007/05/11
Time: 11H20m
Presiding officer: Maria Jose Ramos, Inspector
Executing officer: Joao Carvalho, Inspector

- Is assisted by interpreter Alice Dias Avakoff
- Confirms in the integrity of his previous declarations which correspond to the truth
- Questioned how he came to know the elements of the group which accompanied him on holidays, states that he has known David Payne since 1989, having frequented the same University where they both studied medicine. He also worked with him in the same hospital even though in different specialities. He got to know Fiona through David Payne, a couple that married four years ago, with the deponent serving as the couple's best man
- He got to know Matthew Oldfield in 1994, as they were both doctors. They became friends and Russell served as Matthew's best man at his marriage to Rachel Mampilly in 1999
- He got to know Gerald (Gerry) McCann more recently, in 2002 or 2003, given that Gerry was also a doctor. The contact between them was established by the Payne couple. The four couples get together when they have an opportunity but, as they live certain distances from each other, they seize the opportunity to get together during holiday periods. All the couples have children of roughly the same ages, which is also a factor in their friendships
- Questioned if anyone of them has had problems related to their profession, given that all the men of the group are doctors, and also Fiona Payne and Kate Healy, the deponent states that for his part and from what he remembers, there has never been a situation of this kind. However, he remembers that Matthew Oldfield did experience a situation which consisted of a patient's family member accusing the team lead by Matthew of the untimely death of his patient. This family member accused the team of making a late diagnosis which resulted in the death of said patient. He has no other knowledge of any threats made against Matthew Oldfield or his medical team except for this case which was formally lodged in the hospital where his team worked. He has no knowledge of any similar situation having happened with Gerry or with Kate.
- Questioned whether problems exist between the couples, between each couple or with third parties, be these questions of professionalism or sentimental ones, or vices, states that he does not know of any. Each couple has been together for many years and one of the points they have in common, is that there is an understanding between each couple and the couple between themselves. When he has the opportunity of meeting up with them, they pass time together, conversing and playing activities together, for fun. Clarifies that the couple with who has done this less is the McCanns, but he also has no knowledge of any strange or complicated situation. He has no knowledge of vices, drugs and/or games, on behalf of anyone in the group.
- Questioned, states that this was the second time that the four couples came together (the first was at David and Fiona's marriage, in Italy), although he has already vacationed with two or three couples, but not with the group presently in Portugal. He remembers that, in September of 2005, three couples, excluding the deponent and his wife, went on holiday to Mallorca and that they did not accompany them as Jane tanner was in the final stages of pregnancy. They travelled together, as did the other couples, to David and Fiona's marriage, which occurred in Italy.
- These holidays were combined between themselves, and it was David and Fiona Payne who organised the details. The deponent and his companion Jane tanner travelled with Matthew and Rachel and their respective children on the plane given the tourist package that they had organised initially. Because he does not know, he cannot say who took care of the details but believes that it was David Payne who took care of the major part of the formalities with the agency.
- Because they travelled at different times, the four couples only came together at the Ocean Club resort to have dinner around 18H00 in the Milenium Restaurant which is located inside the resort. As he remembers, when the travel was booked, the apartments of the four couples were located close to each other in the same block, to make it easier to check on the children. The Milenium Restaurant habitually served food after 19H30 - except on Saturdays. Guests, who normally arrived on Saturday, do not have to have a previous booking - this time was late for the children, and thus they opted to have dinner, after that day, in the Tapas Restaurant. That restaurant is situated next to the pool, in the patio areas of the block of apartments where they found themselves lodged. The deponent furthers that the daughters of David and Fiona Payne are very agitated, and that they preferred to be the closest possible to the apartment. All the couples agreed, without objections.
- The deponent clarifies that, when they were on holiday in Greece via a booking with Markwarner, they verified that they had available a type of service called 'baby listening', clarifying that it consisted of leaving the children asleep, at home, while the parents went out to dinner, with the checking of the children carried out by nannies, who would listen close to the room windows, to hear if the children were crying, immediately informing the parents, if there was a problem. He explains that Markwarner makes this service available in Greece, but that in Portugal it is not; a fact that they came to know when they made their bookings. In the Luz Ocean Club, a baby-sitter service is offered so that the adults can dine. This service is free. However, the children do not stay at home, but in the creche installations. The nanny service costs around 15 euros per hour and functions until 01H00. In this case, they opted for a type of vigilance of the children like that they experienced in Greece. They thought that, given the number of adults present, it would be easy to carry out. Sporadically, when someone would get up, they would offer to go and listen for other couple's children, next to the window of their rooms. Questioned, the deponent clarifies that the Payne couple did not get up as they had a baby monitor on the table, that they considered sufficient and did not consider is necessary to personally check on the children. States that he does not know how many times each member of a couple got up to check on their respective children, and that he and Jane Tanner found it more convenient to check on their own children.
- Because he is asked, states that he went to the apartment of the McCann couple once but does not remember if he was asked to go or went of his own accord. He furthers that he did not know if the glass sliding doors were locked or not but that probably Gerry told him on this night to enter his apartment to check on the children. The deponent explains that for him and his spouse, this system was secure and effective and each couple would check on their children every 15/30 minutes. For his part, he guarantees that all the doors and windows were closed and locked, explaining that the windows and the glass sliding doors can only be open and closed via the interior of the apartment. As he understood, only Gerald and Kate used the system of entering through the sliding doors, as this was easier. They stayed in the apartment closest to the pathway and there was a corridor in the back area that gave access to the stairs. The rest of the elements of the group went via the passage-way, until the corner and would enter through their front doors. When the carried out the audio checks, they would position themselves near the windows and would try to hear if noise was coming from inside or crying.
- Questioned regarding his routine during the holidays, he confirms in all of his previous declarations and that his version is absolutely in line with his companion's Jane Tanner. He also verifies in the total conformity between his declarations and those of Jane Tanner regarding the holiday trip, of the constitution of the group and of the daily routine of the adults and the children which accompanied this group in the tourist complex, the Ocean Club, in Praia da Luz-Lagos.
- Until the past Thursday, 3rd of May 2007, he has no knowledge of any strange/suspicious happenings in the group of friends or with the children. Everything to him seemed normal, from the cleaning staff, gardeners, and the rest of the functionaries of the complex. He also saw no strange people on the beach who looked of a suspicious nature.
- Questioned, states that no one from the group used a vehicle, particular or rented and that they went everywhere in Praia da Luz on foot.
- He made note of the activities on the 3rd of May p.p.. This note consists of all the facts presented, of his activities and those of the group. They are in accordance with the version already represented by his wife, Jane Tanner.
- Regarding the night period, affirms that, on this day, around 19H15/19H30 he went to his apartment. Told his daughters some stories, having stayed with Evie O'Brien, who was a little better but had a hard time sleeping. Meanwhile, his companion Jane went to dinner in the restaurant the Tapas around 20H35/20H40 with the deponent going around 20H45. As the menu was always the same, the group already knew what plates made up the menu, for this reason the deponent told his wife what he wanted, and that she place the order, while he tried to put Evie down.
- When he arrived at the restaurant, all the adults were there, without the children. David and Fiona were missing and Dianne Webster. They arrived more or less 10 minutes after.
- Around 2100 they ordered dinner.
- As was normal, in more or less every 15/30 minutes, one person from each apartment would go to the apartments/rooms to check on the children and if they were well. On that day, as Evie O'Brien was ill, this time was reduced.
- He remembers that Matthew Oldfield left the restaurant, around 21H00, having gone to the apartments to ensure that no noise was coming from within.
- He is not sure who left first. But has the notion that, about five minutes after, Gerry McCann went to check on his children. Around 5 or 10 minutes after Gerry McCann had left, the deponent's companion, Jane Tanner, also left, to check personally on how her two children were doing. He does remember is Jane or Gerry arrived first but remembers that Jane commented on having passed Gerry on the road, and that he was talking to another guest in the same locale, named Jez.
- Around 21h25, taking advantage of a pause in the service of the first plate, the deponent left the restaurant with Matthew Oldfield to check on the children. He arrived at his apartment and immediately heard his daughter Evie crying and stayed in the apartment. He believes that Matthew Oldfield went to his apartment, and is not aware if he was going to also check on the McCann children and went to the deponent's apartment and asked him if he needed help.
- Matthew Oldfield returned to the restaurant, having told Jane Tanner that the deponent stayed behind with Evie O'Brien because she was crying.
- The truth is that after the crying, the deponent had to change all the sheets and his daughter's clothing as she had vomited.
- His companion came to change places with him 15 minutes after and told him to go finish dinner.
- Around 21H55, he returned to the restaurant, having stayed there for 5/10 minutes waiting to be served his plate. At this point, all the others had already finished eating.
- Around 22H00, Kate Healy left to check on the children in her apartment an returned in desperation, entered the restaurant screaming, in the direction of the table where the group was seated, affirming that Madeleine McCann has disappeared.
- All of them left, except Dianne Webster, and the deponent with some other people decided to start looking around the apartment blocks, and in the apartments, to see if they could find Madeleine.
- In the searches they carried out, after the disappearance, they did not identify any element/person/or suspicious object.
- Because he is asked, states that he cannot describe the state of the children's room after the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, because he never entered there. When they were alerted to the situation, they immediately left the table, and the deponent immediately began searching the immediate areas, heading towards the village and the beach zone.
- Questioned regarding if he noticed whether the blind to the children's room was up or down, states that he cannot answer because he did not look. He remembers that when he went to check on his children, together with Matthew Oldfield, they were talking and did not look to the windows.
- Questioned whether he knows if Matthew Oldfield went, or not, to check on the McCann children, he states that he does not know as he stayed with his daughter Evie Obrien in the apartment, but heard, after, a comment that he was supposed to have gone, but that in the checking, he went to the outside of the door to the room, saw the twins, and not Madeleine McCann's bed, which was situated at an angle which did not give him visual contact.
- States that he has no suspicion to present, and doe not remember any detail of situation that could be related to the disappearance of little Madeleine McCann.
- States that he does not remember any discussion between any of the couples, or any other element of the group with him, nor equally between any of the group with a third-party.
- The deponent remembers only one episode, that for him did not have any importance, but that, given the circumstances, make him relate it. States that between the activities of tennis and others on the beach, he took notice of an individual who he only knows as NIGEL - a British individual, married, and with a daughter of 3 years whose name is Ixxx. He had trivial conversations with him. On the day of the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, in the late morning, part of the group, with their children, were next to the tennis courts when NIGEL approached him. They were filming his daughter, with a video camera, and that, questioned, the deponent states that he does not remember seeing anyone with such an apparatus. Considering the current particulars of paedophilia, they conversed and the deponent considered this perfectly normal. Nigel had commented that he felt uncomfortable in having his daughter filmed. The deponent finished by concurring with him and together they spoke about the ridiculous situation and 'the state to which the world has come'. The deponent states that he has no reason to suspect NIGEL, in any circumstances whatsoever, and that he appeared to him a normal citizen, with a normal family. He never again thought about this conversation and only reports it of all the situations of the week, he has no incident to register or relate.
- States that what he has just related is the truth of the facts.
- At this moment a mouth swab collection was requested of him, to be taken by Special Adjunct Irene Trovao, police officer in the current investigation. The same, and voluntarily accedes to the request and signs the respective declaration of consent, after it is read and translated by the interpreter, who has also signed together with the deponent.
- And nothing more was said-


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