Madeleine McCann suspect ‘brags about how police don’t have shred of evidence’ linking him to FIVE other cases including rape and murder
- Hans Christian Wolters told a new book that Christian Brueckner is being investigated in relation to several German, Belgian and Portuguese cases
- One involves the attack of a girl, 10, just six miles from where Madeleine went missing, one month before the girl’s attack
- Another, is the murder of 16-year-old Carola Titze in De Hana, Belgium, in 1996
- But Bruekner, who is in prison in Germany, said the police were ‘clutching at straws’ to connect him to the crimes. He has denied involvement in McCann case
The prime suspect in the Madeleine McCann case has bragged about how police don’t have a ‘shred of evidence’ linking him to at least five other cases including rape and murder.
Convicted paedophile and rapist Christian Brueckner, 44, is being investigated over several other attacks, including on a 10-year-old girl, as well as the murder of a teenager in Belgium, German prosecutor Hans Christian Wolters said.
But Brueckner said the latest move by the authorities to connect him to the other cases was a sign of how police were ‘clutching at straws for new leads’ to convict him.
Brueckner is currently being held in a high security prison in Oldenburg, near Bremen in northern Germany.
Investigators believe he abducted and killed three-year-old Madeleine in Portugal in 2007.
In a new book, Wolters said German police felt ‘there is good basis’ to suspect Brueckner is responsible for a sex attack on a 10-year-old girl.
The attack happened just six miles from Praia da Luz where Madeleine had disappeared one month earlier.
A source told Sun Online that Brueckner ‘is aware of the remarks and of the new allegations in this book. But he has been bragging how the police don’t have a shred of evidence’.
Christian Brueckner (right), the prime suspect in the case of Madeleine McCann(left), is being probed over at least five other sex crimes, a German prosecutor has revealed
The source added: ‘He says the new book about him is no better than a comic and that the decision by cops to contribute to it just proves how much they are clutching at straws for new leads.
‘His legal team have repeatedly asked for the evidence which police say they have and they have repeatedly refused to hand it over. This, he believes, says it all.’
The source also claimed Brueckner ‘remains insistent he has nothing to do with Maddie’s disappearance and believes police are simply courting publicity by continually linking him to the case’.
The comments come after Wolters told British journalist Jon Clarke in an interview for his book My Search for Madeleine: ‘We are investigating Christian B’s possible involvement in this.’
The lawyer said that Belgian investigators are also looking into Brueckner in relation to the 1996 killing of 16-year-old Carola Titze in De Haan, Belgium.
‘A Belgian prosecutor had some concrete questions about Carola not long ago. They needed some information about Christian B and we gave it to them,’ he said.
Brueckner is also a suspect in the rape case of 20-year-old Irish woman Hazel Behan in Praia de Rocha, Portugal, in 2004.
‘We only have Christian B as the suspect,’ Wolters said.
Three-year-old Madeleine, known as Maddie, vanished from a holiday apartment in Portugal’s Praia da Luz on May 3, 2007. Pictured: Praia da Luz beach [File photo]
In it the book, the German prosecutor said authorities were also considering whether Brueckner could have been involved in the disappearance of five-year-old Inga Gehricke – dubbed the ‘German Maddie’ – in 2015.
The final case Wolters revealed Brueckner was being investigated in relation to was an incident at a children’s playground in Messines, 40 miles from Praia de Luz, in 2017.
A man was accused of carrying out a sex act in front of children, according to Wolters, who added: ‘We have now picked up the investigation and he is facing several years in prison.’
Brueckner has denied any involvement in Madeleine’s disappearance.
The disappearance of Madeleine McCann
Madeleine McCann, known as Maddie, disappeared from a holiday apartment in Portugal’s Praia da Luz on May 3, 2007.
She was on holiday with her parents, Kate and Gerry McCann; her two-year-old twin siblings; and a group of family friends and their children.
She and the twins had been left asleep at the apartment, while the McCanns and friends dined in a restaurant 55 metres (180 ft) away.
The parents checked on the children throughout the evening, until Kate discovered she was missing at 10pm.
What followed is widely regarded as one of the most reported on missing person investigations in the world.
Portuguese authorities closed their enquiries in July 2008 but Maddie’s parents continued with private detectives.
Scotland Yard launched their own investigation – Operation Grange – in 2011 and enquiries are ongoing.