Christian Brueckner, the person suspected of abducting Madeleine McCann, faces being charged with the 2004 rape of an Irish tour rep on the Algarve.
The German nationwide is suspected of attacking Hazel Behan in her condominium in Praia da Rocha, three years earlier than Maddie was snatched.
Police hope to cost Brueckner within the subsequent 12 weeks. He’s at present serving a seven-year sentence for raping a 72-year-old American in 2005 and was named because the prime suspect within the Madeleine McCann case in June final 12 months.
The person suspected of abducting Madeleine McCann faces being charged with the 2004 rape of Irish tour rep Hazel Behan, 37, (pictured) on the Algarve
Christian Brueckner (pictured left) left Portugal after Madeline McCann (pictured proper) disappeared on Might 3, 2007. He’s the prime suspect within the case
German prosecutor Hans Christian Wolters stated the case in opposition to Brueckner was ‘in a great way’ and that he was ‘eager for a cost’.
Wolters defined there have been stark parallels between the assault on Ms Behan, the rape of an American vacationers – for which Brueckner was convicted – and the ‘abduction and homicide of Madeleine McCann.’
He stated: ‘In every case the particular person has come into the particular person’s condominium or property by breaking and getting into, typically not by way of the door.’
Nonetheless, Wolters stated he was unable to substantiate whether or not police are engaged on the idea Maddie’s abductor entered the resort room by way of the window, fairly than the unlocked balcony doorways, the Sunday Times reported.
Ms Behan was raped in condominium in Praia da Rocha, Portugal, in 2004 (constructing exterior pictured)
Ms Behan was attacked within the resort city of Praia da Rocha, which is round 20 miles away from Praia da Luz – the place Madeleine was kidnapped in 2007
Ms Behan, who waived her proper to anonymity in June 2020, had demanded police reopen her case
Ms Behan, who waived her proper to anonymity in June 2020, had demanded police reopen her case after she found it had hanging similarities with the rape of the American, for which Brueckner was convicted in December 2019.
She advised the Guardian on the time: ‘My thoughts was blown once I learn how he had attacked a lady in 2005, each the techniques and the strategies he used, the instruments he had with him, how effectively he had deliberate it out.
‘I puked, to be sincere with you, as studying about it took me proper again to my expertise.’
She lately revealed particulars of the assault which noticed a masked man climb over the balcony to her condominium within the early hours of the morning.
He’s stated to have held a knife to her throat, tied and gagged her earlier than raping her repeatedly for a interval of 4 or 5 hours.
The assailant then threatened to kill her earlier than fleeing over the balcony and leaving her bleeding.
In September, German authorities agreed to open an investigation into the incident.
However, in a blow to investigators, police stated traces of DNA discovered on the scene of the crime didn’t match that of Brueckner.
It’s not but clear what proof has been uncovered that implicates Brueckner in Ms Behan’s rape.
Following a cost, prosecutors are prone to search a full trial earlier than 5 judges within the district court docket in Braunschweig (Brunswick in English).
In June, Brueckner was recognized the German man as a suspect within the case of Madeleine, who disappeared from an condominium in 2007 whereas her household was on vacation within the resort of Praia da Luz, Portugal.
In June, Brueckner was recognized the German man as a suspect within the case of Maddie McCann, who disappeared from an condominium in Portugal in 2007
Brueckner was seen in public for the primary time in November after he was named because the prime suspect in Madeleine’s disappearance by German police
Brueckner lived within the Algarve for a lot of the interval from 1995 to 2007, and German prosecutors say he acquired a telephone name from a Portuguese quantity across the time of Madeleine’s disappearance in Might 2007.
He made a residing doing odd jobs within the space the place Madeleine disappeared, and was additionally recognized to have burgled resort rooms and vacation flats.
He has two earlier convictions for ‘sexual contact with ladies’, authorities say, however they don’t have sufficient proof to carry him in jail on the energy of the McCann case alone.
Since taking the lead within the case earlier this 12 months, German police have struggled to elucidate what proof they’ve about Madeleine’s disappearance.
In November, a leaked memo revealed that Portuguese investigators had been ‘shocked’ by the dearth of concrete proof after being briefed on the case in opposition to Brueckner.
Earlier than that, there was confusion about whether or not German authorities had particular proof that Madeleine was lifeless, as they initially implied they did.
Within the UK, the case stays a lacking individuals inquiry, as there is not any ‘definitive proof whether or not Madeleine is alive or lifeless’.
Madeleine was simply three years outdated when she disappeared whereas on vacation in Praia da Luz in Portugal’s Algarve area along with her dad and mom Kate and Gerry McCann (pictured collectively)