Observations from the blog :The Sargeants Inn
Katerina Gaspar and her husband Arul Savio Gaspar contradict each other in their accounts of when they used to meet up with the McCanns.
Katerina Gaspar says :
From what I know, Savio did not know Gerry before the wedding. After this time, we became friends and about three times we spent weekend vacations together. I would say that we are intimate friends of Gerry and Kate."I remember that in 2002 or 2003, Savio and I spent the weekend with Gerry and Kate in Devon. We maintained contact with one another via telephone. In 2002/2003 Savio and I lived Birmingham and the McCANNS in Leicester."
Katerina Gaspar says that after Kate and Gerry's marriage the two couples met up in Devon (Exeter - where the Gaspars were living at that time).
In Savio Gaspar's account he says they did not meet up with the McCanns until the Gaspars were living in Birmingham and he aslo understates the closeness of their relationship:
"I only met up with Kate again in 1997 or 1998. At that moment I was married to Katherina, we had both been invited to attend Kate and Gerry's wedding. After their wedding we lost contact and I think they went to New Zealand. We only met up again in 2001 in Birmingham. "
But in 2001 the Gaspars were not living in Birmingham, they were still living in Exeter. They only moved to Birmingham in 2002/03 according to his wife. And what's more the McCanns had madea trip to Exeter - home of Murat's sister.
Given that the Gaspars worked and lived in Exeter until 2002/2003 - and the fact Savio Gaspar is likely to be Spanish/Portuguese, I think their input needs further assessment: