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Processos Vol XVI

Pages 4156 – 4158


Report of Forensic Examination Nº 2007/11112/DS – F

Requesting Entity: DIC Portimao PJ

Correspondence nº 2663 of 2007-07-27

Material received on: 2007-07-27

Examination initiated on: 2008-03-03

Total pages: 3


Material for examination.



Four photographs of a female child, aged 3 – 4 years, wearing a short sleeved pink shirt with white spots, in two different poses (two photos of each pose). Note : PT = posicao.


Requirements


Examination of the photographs to determine the following:

1. Age of the photos, from the age of the paper and/or the ink used
2. In what kind of machine is the paper of the photos used (machine for rolled or cut paper).
3. How are the photographs cut, by guillotine or other.
4. If the sizes (of the photos) are standard.
5. If the developing or printing of the photos was done in Portugal or in another country.


Observations and tests carried out.


The examination was carried out in accordance with the current procedures of the Documents Area of this laboratory.

Observation of the document(s) using adequate technical means (stereoscopic magnifying glass, spectral video comparing equipment with different kinds of illumination and different wave compression) to search for the printing methods, analysis of the cut margins and other eventual details.

It was confirmed that these were reproductions produced on Kodak Xtra Life photographic paper, printed by pigment sublimation. It was also noted that the sets of the Kodak Xtra Life markings on the back of the photos are presented at the edges of the photos (see image on page 3). The size of the photos is 10,2 x 15,2 cm (4 by 6 inches) which is one of the standard sizes in photographic reproduction and the cut margins are continuous (see image on page 3).

Given the specific nature of the requirements and the type of document in question (photos printed by pigment sublimation on special Kodak paper) and the non- existence of analytical methods that enable the dating of this kind of document by means of the analysis of “inks” we also consulted that company’s representative in Portugal.

In this way, it was possible to ascertain that the type of paper that the photographs were reproduced on has been commercially available for almost two years, having replaced Kodak Picture Maker paper, both for use in photographic development booths as for domestic printers.

The machines installed in photographic development booths use rolled paper which is cut by the machine’s own guillotine, for the reproduction of photos. On the other hand, domestic photo printers use sheets of paper, which have margins that are cut by perforation in the case of most models of printers. Lastly, the positioning of the markings on the back of the photos, could indicate that these were printed on a series 47xx machine (in a booth) or using a G600 Dock printer (domestic use).


However, we were told by Kodak that any analysis for the concrete determination of the type of machine used in the printing of the photos, could only be done at their factory in Rochester, US.


Conclusions


Based upon the observations made it is only possible to include the following:

1. The paper used to print the photos in question has been commercially available for almost two years.
1.1. The format of the photos is of 10,2 x 15,2 cm (4 by 6 inches) which is a standard size for photographic reproductions.
1.2. With regard to the cut margins of the photos and the position of the markings on the back, it could be said that they were produced using a 47xx series machine (in a booth) or using a domestic type G200 Dock printer. However, only an analysis by Kodak, in the US, could eventually determine concretely the type of machine used to obtain these reproductions.

Observations: Return the material.

Lisbon, 4th March 2008.

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Image of the back of the photos received, obtained using natural illumination, from which the Kodak Xtra Life markings are visible, positioned at the edges of the paper.

Image of the inferior right corner of the back of one of the photos received, amplified 7.51x and obtained with natural illumination from which the regular contours of the cutting of the photograph are visible.
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Processos Vol XII

Pages 3259-3263

Date 02-10-2007
Place: Ocean Club
Executing Officers: Paolo Ferreira and Ricardo Paiva


On this date, at 15.00 we went to the Ocean Club where we were received by the Maintenance and Service Manager, Silvia Baptista, and by the Mark Warner director, John Hill. We asked them to show us all the printers and photocopiers existing at the OC, which were operational at the time of the disappearance ofMadeleine McCann and that were used to print colour copies of Madeleine’s photo.

Silvia Baptista informed us that at the request of John Hill and his wife D****, hundreds of colour copies of a photo of Madeleine McCann were printed on 4th May 2007 with the aim of distributing them in Pda L and Lagos. For this purpose a colour photocopier, Toshiba, in the main OC reception was used as well as an HP laser printer, HP Color Laserjet 2840 located at a desk at the Ocean Country company, a colour laser printer Epsom Aculaser C1100 located on the desk of the administrative secretary and a colour laser printer HP Color Laserjet 1600 located on John Hill’s desk.


On his part, John Hill informed us that the printing of large quantities of Madeleine’s photo was carried out by himself with the help of his wife, at the request of Russell O’Brien, a member of the McCann’s group of friends, John Hill stated that the photograph the colour prints were made from a mobile data disk of the “memory stick” kind that Russell O’Brien gave him on the morning of 4th May.

They both stipulated that these were the only colour printers and photocopiers in existence at the Ocean Club and that there was no other place with the capacity for colour printing.
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Ines wrote:
Processos
Volume 12
Page 231

Snippet From the Statement by Nelson Filipe Pacheco de Costa about the events of the night of 3rd May.

GNR Officer

One of the group contacted Sky News and the Embassy that night. He does not know if the parents made the call.

Upon leaving the apartment he saw various photographs of the little girl printed on normal A4 paper which had been printed at the reception as well as other photos printed on 10 x 15 photographic poster paper which could not have printed at the reception. This seemed unusual to him and he later confirmed that they could not have been printed at the reception.



Ines wrote:
Will do this one in full, but in the meantime:

Translated summarised snippet from Statement by Amy Tierney saying that she was approached at her desk at the Tapas restaurant at about 24.00 by Russell O' Brien who asked if she could help print out photos of Madeleine. She went to fetch another printer and printed out about 20 – 30 photos which she handed to Russell. The photos came from the McCanns camera.


Processos
Volume nº 15
Pages 63-64
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