Barend Jan Jacob Weijdom
Occupation: Property Manager
Place of Work: P da L
He comes to the process as a witness and of his own will.
He has lived in P da L since 1996.
He heard about the news being investigated on the evening of 3rd May at about 21.30 – 21.40 from P**** B******, a Dutchman and owner of the Atlantico restaurant, who passed by the witness near the Baptista supermarket, in P da L and who asked for his help in searching for Madeleine.
He then went to the place where the events occurred which was at about 21.45 – 21.50. At this time various local people and MW staff were present.
When questioned he said that the police wasn’t there yet but arrived about 5 minutes later.
When asked he says that he has known Robert Murat for about 3 or 4 years, making clear that his relation with him is limited to ‘good morning’ and ‘good evening’.
When questioned he says that he did not see Murat on the night of the events and he makes it clear that if Murat had been at the scene he would have remembered.
He adds that he was not on the scene for much time as he went to search the beach areas.
On that night, the last time he was at the scene was at about 01.00, he did not see Murat at that time either.
On the following morning, 4th May he also participated in some searches and, as in his professional capacity he manages apartment 5E of the OC Garden (in the same block as the apartment from which Madeleine disappeared) he suggested that the authorities should visit that apartment, in case someone had tried to enter it while it was unoccupied.
He went to the apartment with a GNR officer and after a few seconds Robert Murat also entered the apartment without anyone having requested his presence.
The witness says that he found Murat’s presence in the apartment to be strange, adding that after he entered the apartment he gave the witness a ‘pat on the side’ and said ‘thanks for your collaboration’. During this situation the witness thought that Murat worked for the police. On that morning the witness saw Murat moving around the site a lot and saw him enter and leave the apartment Madeleine disappeared from, without knowing whether he was with anyone there. He said that Murat moved a lot between the authorities and journalists.
When asked, he thinks that on that morning Murat was wearing a yellow shirt and light coloured trousers. The witness cannot be certain but he thinks those were the clothes Murat was wearing.
When asked he adds nothing, except that he found Murat’s behaviour strange and that he did not see him except for this morning other than on the television news.
Reads, ratifies, signs.