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Kate left kids 3 hours a night

GERRY McCann checked on his daughter Madeleine every 20 minutes while she was alone in their holiday flat, but wife Kate went only once — on the night the tot vanished, it was claimed yesterday.

 

A waiter at the resort where they ate out nightly with three other couples told The Sun it was always the men who looked in on the children.

 

The employee, who did not want to be named, said the only time Kate left the table to check was at 10pm on May 3 — and she found her daughter gone.

 

The key witness revealed for the first time sensational new details of the night Maddie disappeared.

 

The waiter recalled hearing “terrible screams” when Maddie’s disappearance was discovered.

 

He said doctors Gerry and Kate, 39, always sat with seven friends at the same outdoor table at the tapas bar, close to their apartments.

 

It meant they could all regularly check on their children.

 

He said: “The group always came around 8pm, within five minutes of each other. They always left together between 10.30pm and 11pm.”

 

Initially the couples went to the restaurant with their children in tow. But the youngsters were cranky and they moved to the nearer poolside tapas bar after a “quiet word” with the manager.

 

                                                      Wine

 

The waiter added: “To get a table guests have to queue up at reception from 11am on the day.

 

“But somehow the McCanns made a special arrangement to get a table for nine for the last four nights of their holiday.

 

“There was a big round table near the pool. The McCanns and their friends had it every night. They obviously thought it was fine to leave the children in bed.

 

“They left their children alone for up to three hours every night. If I was in their position I wouldn’t have done that.

 

“They were obviously wealthy. Why didn’t they pay 15 euros an hour for a nanny to look after all the children in one apartment?”

 

He went on: “The apartments are all quite close — but there are trees in between so you can’t see them from the restaurant.

 

“Even though they were checking their children, there was a lot of time they were alone, when someone could have taken them. The routine was set in stone. If somebody had been watching they would have been able to choose the right moment to take the child.”

 

On the fateful night of May 3 the group apparently drank eight to ten bottles of wine. He said: “It’s been reported that they had 14 bottles a night. But I was serving them and I know.

 

“The adults were obviously enjoying some quiet time. I remember the men taking turns to check the children at least every half an hour. I think it was more like every 20 minutes. As far as I can remember, it was always the men, never the women. The only time I can remember Kate McCann ever leaving the table was the night that the little girl disappeared.

 

“It had been a normal night. Then it became madness.

 

“I went into the kitchen for a few minutes and when I came out I saw the McCanns’ table was totally empty except for the older woman. She looked scared.

 

“Then I heard shouting and terrible screaming from the apartments and my colleague told me a child had gone missing.

 

“After that it was chaos. People were running around shouting for Maddie and we all started to help looking for her.”

 

The waiter's wife saw Kate and Gerry, from Rothley, Leics, there with Maddie and twins Sean and Amelie, two.

 

                                                       Angelic

 

She remembers Maddie as an “angelic” and well-behaved child — contrary to Portuguese police smears that she was hyperactive and Kate could not cope.

 

She said: “I definitely remember Madeleine.

 

“She was like a little angel, very quiet and good as gold. Just a lovely little blonde girl.

 

“The second time they came in the McCanns were looking for high chairs for their twins and she started trying to drag them over. She obviously wanted to help her parents. It was sweet.”

 

Her husband added: “It was obvious at the time the police believed Madeleine had been abducted.”

 

A friend of the McCanns said last night: “Kate always felt, in awful hindsight, their movements were watched. They believe an abductor took Maddie.

 

“At the time, Kate and Gerry and the others felt that they had taken adequate care to leave the children. Obviously, they have been proved tragically mistaken.”

 

The eyewitness accounts come as Portuguese police prepare to fly to the UK to reinterview the McCanns’ friends.

 

They believe Rachael and Matthew Oldfield, Jane Tanner and her partner Russell O’Brien, David and Fiona Payne and her mother Dianne Webster hold more clues to what happened.

 

Clarence Mitchell, spokesman for the McCanns, said: “We cannot discuss the events of the night of May 3.”

 

The sun 23 Oct 2007

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