5óWitness statement of Karen Lamena Elaine McCalman (family
Age if less
than 18 years:
deposition (comprising 2 pages and signed by me) is true and
according to my understanding. I am aware that, if proven to the
contrary, I will be subject to prosecution if I have voluntarily
testified to something with knowledge of it being false or not
corresponding to the truth.
Date: May 16,
I am the
abovementioned person living in East Goscote, Leicestershire.
The full address was previously supplied to police. I live with
my husband and our two children of four and two years of age.
was interviewed by police from Leicestershire on certain points
concerning the investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine
McCann. I have been informed that this questionnaire was drawn
up following a formal request from the Portuguese authorities. I
am aware that my testimony is subject to the Portuguese Criminal
Code and English law.
These are the
answers that I can provide to the questions which I received:
I have known
Kate McCann and her daughter Madeleine for about two and a half
years. At that time the McCANN family lived in Queniborough.
Kate and I knew each other from the local group of http://www.netmums.com
group of toddlers at Charnwood. We got on well with each other
and we became friends. We met at least once a week and we
frequented each other's homes. I took care of Madeleine some
afternoons or days.
thought Madeleine was fun [-loving], smart and expressed herself
with ease. She had a very pleasant personality and got on very
well with my daughter. She made people smile.
thought that Gerry McCann was a bit harsh, but as we got to know
each other he revealed himself to be very nice and fun
I think Kate
was a little shy until we got to know each other. She is strong
but modest and would never want to be on the pedestal where she
I am not
aware of any conflict between the family. Madeleine and Kate got
on well together like best friends do. I never saw Kate or Gerry
physically mistreat children. (page 1)
I never saw
Madeleine ill and I consider her a healthy child. I never saw
changes in her behaviour.
never made complaints about anybody. She never showed bad
behaviour, in fact she was almost the perfect child. We were
able to bring her to her senses like she was an adult.
seemed scared. She was not hyperactive.
sleep habits of Madeleine, Kate told me that when they lived in
Queniborough Madeleine used to wake in the middle of the night
and come to bed with the parents for the rest of the night. When
they moved to Rothley she began to do this less often and the
parents used to give her stickers as a bonus to sleep all night
there were many of these stickers in the house, for the nights
when she would sleep alone all night. The stickers were glued to
the door of the refrigerator.
Gerry never seemed tired and never struggled to take care of the
I have no
knowledge of Madeleine at any time to have been subjected to
medication. I only remember her being given paracetamol once
when she had a cold.
I think the
behaviour of Madeleine appropriate for her age. She was very
energetic, but a model child. She liked to swim, play tennis and
ride a bicycle and attend kindergarten.
I think Kate
and Gerry were exemplary parents. Kate never raised her voice
and always kept herself calm and never seemed tired of her
children even on the busiest days. Gerry 'stripped' his
professional air such that he came home after work and got
involved entirely with the children.
I do not
remember any more, nor any information or additional explanation
that is relevant or which may help in the investigation.
testimony was made by me and it is true according to my