Madeleine McCann suspect Christian Brueckner claims he was with woman

Madeleine McCann suspect Christian Brueckner claims he was miles away and having sex with a woman – who is willing to back his alibi – when the child was abducted

  • Chief suspect Christian Bruecknerc, 45, says a woman can prove his innocence 
  • Brueckner insists he was with the woman when Madeleine McCann disappeared
  • He alleges he drove her to Faro Airport, where she was arrested carrying spray 
  • It is understood Brueckner could soon be charged with an offence by police

The chief suspect in the Madeleine McCann case claims he has a cast-iron alibi which can be backed up by a woman he was with on the night the toddler disappeared.

German national Christian Brueckner, 45, insists he was having sex with a woman in his camper van when three-year-old Madeleine disappeared while holidaying with her family in Praia da Luz, Portugal, on February 3, 2007.

Bruckner further alleges that he drove the young woman to Faro Airport in Portugal on the morning after their encounter.

He says the young woman was arrested at the airport for carrying pepper spray and later appeared in court, Sky News reports.

Brueckner is understood have asked for Portugese Police to find a record of the incident, as he reportedly believes his relationship with the woman will prove his innocence.

German national Christian Brueckner, 45, insists he was having sex with a woman in his camper van when three-year-old Madeleine disappeared while holidaying with her family in Praia da Luz, Portugal, on February 3, 2007

The turn of events comes almost 15 years to the day that three-year-old Madeleine McCann disappeared while holidaying with her family in Praia da Luz, Portugal

Prosecutor Hans Christian Wolters, leading the investigation, said: ‘I assume if he has anything that exonerates him that sooner or later he will share it with us and we would then check it out. What happens then, let’s see.

‘So far he has told us nothing, he’s given us no alibi.’

German police officers have reportedly told a possible witness to be ready to give evidence in court against Brueckner.

The turn of events comes almost 15 years to the day that three-year-old Madeleine disappeared while holidaying with her family in Praia da Luz, Portugal.

Madeleine vanished from the apartment she slept in with her two younger siblings while her parents visited a nearby tapas bar.

Brueckner was first named as a suspect by German Police in 2020 and is known to be a convicted paedophile.

German prosecutors insist they have evidence that Brueckner is responsible for Madeleine’s disappearance.

Bruckner further alleges that he drove the young woman to Faro Airport in Portugal (pictured) on the morning after their encounter, where she was allegedly arrested for carrying pepper spray

Portugese police listed him as an ‘arguido’ – an official suspect – in her disappearance last month.

Madeleine’s parents Kate and Gerry McCann have never given up hope of finding their daughter alive but are said to have welcomed the news that Brueckner may be charged.

The toddler vanished from the apartment she slept in with her two younger siblings on May 3, 2007, as her parents dined at a nearby tapas restaurant.

Despite extensive police searches and worldwide media attention, no trace of Madeleine has ever been found.

Prosecutor Hans Christian Wolters said that after gathering evidence, his team of investigators are ‘100% convinced’ that Brueckner killed Madeleine.

Friends who knew Brueckner during the time he stayed in Portugal in 2007 understand that charges will soon be made.

Madeleine’s parents Kate and Gerry McCann have never given up hope of finding their daughter alive but are said to have welcomed the news that Brueckner has been charged

On May 3, 2007 Kate and Gerry McCann went to a small tapas bar metres away from their apartment to dine with friends. But when Kate returned to do a routine check on their children, she found that Madeleine had disappeared

One former friend said: ‘I got a call from the Germans asking questions about a previous statement I made.

‘They said I should be prepared to come to Germany, possibly at the end of the summer. They said they were hoping to charge Christian with something but didn’t go into any more detail.’

In addition to kidnapping Madeleine, Brueckner is also a suspect in the rape of an Irish tour rep in 2004 as well as exposing himself to children in a playground.

It is not known if the new charges – said to be imminent – relate to Madeleine or the other crimes in which Brueckner is a suspect.

Brueckner is serving a seven-year jail term for a brutal 2005 sex attack on a 72-year-old woman and his application for early release has been rejected by the German authorities.

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