Life could have been so very different for the McCanns if only, accountant PAUL ANTHONY GORDON had been more helpful.
If we go through Mr.Gordons statement you will see what I mean.
Paul and his family stayed for one week in Apartment 5A , they left the day the McCanns arrived Saturday, 28th April 2007.
Paul, his wife, three year old son and daughter of two years had a very pleasant weeks stay .
Here is part of Pauls statement.
The children always returned to the apartment at lunchtime for a nap that usually occurred between 13.00 and 15.00. The children were always in our company when they were not at the nursery, and frequently we took them to the beach for an ice cream.
On Wednesday or Thursday the children were sleeping in the apartment and Sal also was inside - reading a book if I am not mistaken. I was seated in the paved garden that is facing the area of the pool, when I heard a male voice say "Hello". The voice came from the gate that leads to the road on the corner of the apartment and connects to the main reception area.
I stood up and I went to the man who asked me if I would be interested to contribute a donation to an orphanage in the interior mountains. I spoke with him and noticed that he had a badge with identification and
that he had what seemed to me to be a book of receipts.
I thought that either he was genuine or a professional "cheat". It was then that I entered the apartment and asked Sal where was the money, and returned with a 10 euro note that I gave to him.
I cannot say exactly where he put the money and I think that he gave me a receipt, which I imagine that I threw away or left in Portugal.
I felt he was genuine and it appeared to be for a good cause.
I would describe the man as educated, with good appearance and brought with him a pamphlet.
I would add that the man was robustly built but was not fat. Wearing a light green polo, trousers and shoes.
After all this time I do not know if he had a slight goatee on the picture of the identification badge [card] or in person.
I had never seen this man before and saw him no more after that. Apart from mentioning him to Sal I did not speak again about this man while I was in Portugal.
The man calling for donations would have also been a great help to the McCanns, much closer to match with the day of Madeleines alleged abduction. But Mr.Gordon refused to be pressured by the McCanns and their backer Kennedy , he went to the police and made an official complaint. The McCanns backed off.