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Volumen 3 Páginas 694 a 696 Declaración de Daniel James Stuk 2007.05.08

AUTO examination of witnesses 
Date diligence: 2007/05/08 
Time: 18:30 Location: Praia da Luz 

Official Witness Questioning 
Date of activity: 2007/05/08 Hour: 18H30 Locale: Praia da Luz 
Executing Official: Maria Jos? Ratnos, Inspectora 
Birthplace: Grimsby – N.E Lincolnshire Country : UK 
Nationality: British Date of birth: 1978/**/** 
Residence: Praia da Luz 
Post Code: Telephone: 
Marital status: Profession: Tennis instructor 
Work location: Mark Warner The Ocean Club Praia da Luz 
Telephone: Fax: 
Identity document: verbal identification Issued on by 

Appears in these case documents as a witness.

Due to the witness being British and not having mastered the Portuguese language, the present declarations are taken in the presence of RJQE Murat, a translator named in the official record.

He is a functionary of [employed by] the tourist operator Mark Warner, working as a tennis instructor in the precinct of the Ocean Club resort

Asked, he relates that he usually works from 09:00 to 19:30 and has his day-off on Saturday.

Asked, the deponent relates that the only tennis instructors of Mark Warner are himself and his colleague called GEORGINA.

The deponent started to work in Portugal, in the indicated functions and place, on 23 March last, having concluded a contract with Mark Warner in England with those conditions.

Questioned, he relates that he knew the McCann family as part of his work, since he gave them tennis lessons, as a couple, parents of the missing Madeleine, as well as the other couples who accompanied them.

He reports that the group iniciated contact with the tennis instructors on the 29 April, the day immediately after their arrival at the Ocean Club.

His colleague Georgina has the calendar of classes given by her and by him to the McCann couple.

He relates that a first lesson of instruction was done in the morning of 29 April, it being that, on that day, they had no more lessons. 

On the following days the parents of Madeleine, whom the deponent identified as Gerry and Kate McCann, scheduled 16 tennis classes, together and/or separately, at different times of the morning or afternoon, classes that were conducted by either him or by Georgina depending on their booking calendar. 

Questioned about the class times of G&K McCann on last Thursday, 3 May, he related that the mother of MBM had a group class at 09-10h00 conducted by Georgina; the father had a group class at 10-11h00 conducted by him.

Later, at 15-15h45, the couple had a private class, together, conducted by him – and finally, GM participated in the men’s social tennis event at 18-19h00.

Questioned about whether, yesterday, he had conducted tennis lessons for an individual called Jeremy Wilkins, who was commonly known as Jez, the deponent relates that that individual booked, and attended, some tennis lessons and that all of those had been given by him.

He relates that, as they had group lessons together GM and Jez had had some conversations, but he thinks that it is only because they shared some classes and that those [conversations] will not have given rise to a firm friendship, but rather to a simple acquaintanceship due to which they would have conversed when they met each other.

Questioned about the couple and their behaviour, both between the family and with the other group members, the deponent relates that he never noted any issue between them, and that the behaviour of everyone was like any other group of tourists that take their holidays in the resort every day. 

There never appeared any problem between them and other people. It being asked of him, the deponent relates that the McCann couple and the remaining group members had often been together, not always all of them, but the majority of the people were sociable with each other. 

He relates that they spent most of the day within the OC resort, in the pool, also they went to the beach but they did not use any of the OC activities there, and they centred their attention on the developed activities of the resort, it being that the couple preferred, unquestionably, tennis.

The four couples had children who were, for part of the day, under the care of the child care workers of the Ocean Club.

Questioned, he relates that he does not know where the group took their meals or under what circumstances.

Asked if at some time he was aware of the presence of some individual who had watched the group, whether the adults or the children, he relates that no, he never had the perception of any situation that aroused his curiosity and that everyone acted normally just like any group of friends on holiday.

Because it was asked of him, he relates that he knew about the disappearance of little MBM that same night, about 22h20, because he was contacted by a resort worker having attended and participated in the searches.

Prompted, he affirms that he has no further useful information that might help in locating MBM or that may have led to the disappearance.

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