Emma Wilding Statement mini Club
374 to 376 Witness statement of Emma Louise Wilding
377 Copy of Emma Louise Wilding's passport
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She provides a statement because she works at the Mini Club
within the Ocean Club tourist complex at Praia da Luz in Lagos.
She states that she does not speak Portuguese and is accompanied
by an interpreter, Robert Murat, residing at Casa Liliana, Rua
do Ramalhete at Praia da Luz in Lagos, phone xxxxxx. She has
been working as an Infants' teacher for close to 4 years and has
specific qualifications for the job that are more than just the
She arrived in Portugal on March 22/07 and as from that date she
has been working as an Infants' teacher at the Ocean Club. She
has been working at the Mini Club for children between 3-5 years
of age since April 29.
Before coming to Portugal she worked at a Pre-school called
'Primary Steps Nursery' as an Infants' teacher. Before coming to
Portugal she knew no Portuguese people and since she arrived she
has met a few Portuguese who work within the complex. Since she
arrived from England nobody has questioned her about the
operation of the Ocean Club nor of the Mini Club nor about
When questioned she states that she knows Madeline's (sic)
parents because although Madeleine is not in her group, she
frequently speaks to her parents, and finds their concerns and
interests normal and typical of parents.
When questioned she states that there are parents that leave
their respective children during the whole day and every day at
the clubs, and that this is normal within British culture. With
respect to Madeleine, she states that she spent most of her time
at the Mini Club. The children began arriving at 0900 until 1230
when their respective parents collected them for lunch, and
returned at 1430 until 1645 when the Infants' teachers took the
children to eat something appropriate for their age at the Tapas
restaurant. Most of the parents met their respective children
here, and the children then remained in their parents' care.
When questioned she states that on May 3, 2007 it was the father
that took Madeleine, as was customary, between 0900 and 0930;
she remembers that she just said 'hello' to him, because as
Madeline (sic) did not belong to her group she did not talk to
him very much.
She only noticed Madeleine and not her father, and nothing
seemed abnormal or unusual.
She is not sure whether during the morning Madeleine's group had
outdoor activities, mainly at the pool; she does remember that
around 1230 Madelew's (sic) father went to fetch her for lunch.
When questioned, she states that on Wednesday May 2, her group
and Madeleine's group went to the beach, but she is not sure if
Madeleine was in the group or not, and does not remember having
seen anybody specifically taking direct and close-up photographs
of the children.
She remembers that during the afternoon of May 3 Madeleine was
at the Mini Club, but she does not remember at what time she
arrived, and if on that day Madeleine accompanied the other
children at 1645 as was customary.
She is also not sure whether her parents joined her during the
snack, as was customary.
During this period of time she did not notice anybody or
anything out of the ordinary, as her attention was wholly
focused on the children.
That night, at around 2200 she learned that Madeleine had
disappeared, and together with her colleagues she helped look
As regards Madeleine, she did not spent much time with her
because she was not in her group; she did not know her well, but
Madeleine appeared to be somewhat shy, this was noticeable the
first days. Since she met her, she noticed nothing abnormal in
any aspect that would point to Madeleine being a child that was
out of the ordinary.
As regards the disappearance itself, she states that she was
shocked, as it was the first time such a thing had happened.
She knows nothing more about this matter that would be of
interest for the case.
She says nothing further. After having read the document and
found it to be satisfactory, she signs it.
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