Madeleine McCann suspects Christian Brueckner will be in the rape of Irish tour representative in 2004
Christian Brueckner, the man suspected of kidnapping Madeleine McCann, is charged with the 2004 rape of an Irish tour representative in the Algarve.
The German citizen is suspected of assaulting Hazel Behan in her apartment in Praia da Rocha, three years before Maddie was snatched.
Police hope to attack Brueckner in the next 12 weeks. He is currently serving a seven-year sentence for raping a 72-year-old American in 2005 and was named as the prime suspect in the Madeleine McCann case last June.
Man suspected of kidnapping Madeleine McCann is accused of the 2004 rape of Irish tour representative Hazel Behan, 37, (pictured) in the Algarve
Christian Brueckner (photo left) left Portugal after Madeline McCann (photo right) disappeared on May 3, 2007. He is the prime suspect in the case
German prosecutor Hans Christian Wolters said the case against Brueckner was “in a good way” and that he was “hopeful of an indictment.”
Wolters explained that there were strong parallels between the attack on Ms. Behan, the rape of an American tourist – for which Brueckner was convicted – and the “kidnapping and murder of Madeleine McCann.”
He said, “In all cases, the person entered the person’s apartment or property by breaking in, often not through the door.”
However, Wolters said he could not confirm whether the police believe that Maddie’s abductor entered the hotel room through the window, rather than through the unlocked balcony doors. Sunday Times reported.
Mrs. Behan was raped in an apartment in Praia da Rocha, Portugal in 2004 (exterior of the building shown)
Ms. Behan was attacked in the seaside town of Praia da Rocha, about 20 miles from Praia da Luz – where Madeleine was kidnapped in 2007
Ms. Behan, who waived her right to anonymity in June 2020, had demanded that police reopen her case
Ms. Behan, who waived her right to anonymity in June 2020, had demanded that police reopen her case after discovering that it bore striking similarities to the rape of the American, for which Brueckner was convicted in December 2019.
She told it Guardian At the time: ‘I was shocked to read how he had attacked a woman in 2005, both the tactics and the methods he used, the tools he had with him, how well he had planned it.
“I threw up, to be honest, because when I read about it, I went straight back to my experience.”
She recently revealed details of the attack in which a masked man climbed across the balcony to her apartment in the early morning hours.
He is said to have held a knife to her throat, tied her up, and gagged before raping her repeatedly for four or five hours.
The attacker then threatened to kill her before fleeing across the balcony, leaving her bleeding.
In September, German authorities agreed to open an investigation into the incident.
But, in one fell swoop to investigators, police said the traces of DNA found at the scene of the crime did not match Brueckner’s.
It is not yet clear what evidence has been found implying Brueckner in the rape of Ms. Behan.
After an indictment, prosecutors are likely to demand a full trial before five judges in the Braunschweig district court.
In June, Brueckner the German man was identified as a suspect in the Madeleine case, who disappeared from an apartment in 2007 while her family was on vacation in the seaside town of Praia da Luz, Portugal.
In June, Brueckner was identified as the German man as a suspect in the Maddie McCann case, who disappeared from an apartment in Portugal in 2007.
Brueckner was first seen in public in November after being named by German police as the prime suspect in Madeleine’s disappearance.
Brueckner lived in the Algarve for much of the period from 1995 to 2007, and German prosecutors say he received a call from a Portuguese number around the time of Madeleine’s disappearance in May 2007.
He earned a living doing odd jobs in the area where Madeleine disappeared, and was also known to have broken into hotel rooms and vacation apartments.
He has two previous convictions for “sexual contact with girls,” authorities say, but they don’t have enough evidence to keep him in prison on the McCann case alone.
Since she took the lead in the case earlier this year, German police have struggled to explain what evidence they have about Madeleine’s disappearance.
In November, a leaked memo revealed that Portuguese investigators were “shocked” by the lack of concrete evidence after they were briefed on the Brueckner case.
Before that, there was confusion as to whether the German authorities had specific evidence that Madeleine was dead, as they initially suggested they did.
In the UK, the case remains a missing persons investigation as there is no ‘definitive evidence as to whether Madeleine is alive or dead’.
Madeleine was only three years old when she disappeared while on vacation in Praia da Luz, Algarve, Portugal with her parents Kate and Gerry McCann (pictured together)
Madeleine McCann’s parents will ‘never stop hoping’ to find their daughter as they face the 14th anniversary of her disappearance alone while Covid cancels outside prayer meeting
Madeleine McCann’s parents say they will “never stop hoping” to find their daughter while spending the 14th anniversary of her disappearance alone, a close relative said.
Kate and Gerry McCann will personally remember their daughter after an outdoor prayer meeting was canceled due to the ongoing pandemic.
But the pair are asking well-wishers to come together remotely to commemorate and pray for Madeleine just days before her milestone 18th birthday on May 12.
Three-year-old Madeleine, known as Maddie, disappeared from a holiday apartment in Praia da Luz, Portugal on May 3, 2007. She slept alone with her younger twin siblings while her parents were dining with friends at a nearby tapas restaurant. .
Maddie’s great uncle Brian Kennedy has said the family has never stopped hoping.
The family (photo, Maddie’s parents Kate and Gerry) will personally remember Madeleine on her 18th birthday on May 12
The family usually holds meetings to celebrate Maddie’s birthday, but they had to cancel for the second time due to the coronavirus.
“We have agreed with the Rothley churches that we will not hold a general meeting in the Green again, although we hoped we would,” said 81-year-old Kennedy.
‘We all believe that taking the usual numbers away would still be a problem and we wouldn’t feel completely happy about that. So each of the churches will do its own service on Sundays and Mondays and make it as widely available as possible through streaming.
“It’s not perfect, but the most important thing is to remember the day as widely as possible.”
Former GP Kate, 53, and heart doctor Gerry, 52 would normally attend the Sacred Heart Catholic church near their home with twins Sean and Amelie, now 16 years old.
In the evening, the family walked a mile to the war memorial where many supporters gathered for the annual informal prayers.
A candle still burns around the clock at Cross Green as a beacon of hope for the world’s most famous missing child.
The family clings to the hope that Maddie can still be alive until they can be “showed irrefutable evidence to prove she is dead,” ex-family spokesman Clarence Mitchell said earlier.
British agents have applied for new funding to continue the £ 12.5 million global search for her, which will be approved by the Home Office.
Convicted pedophile and rapist Christian B (Brueckner), 44, is still under investigation as the prime suspect in Maddie’s kidnapping.
UK police have applied for new funding to continue the £ 12.5 million global search for Madeleine McCann, which is expected to be approved by the Home Office