Madeleine McCann update: More evidence of suspected killer’s past crimes

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Madeleine McCann suspect’s friend found horrific video of him raping woman – and ‘young girl tied up in a house’

Madeleine McCann suspect’s friend found horrific video of him raping woman – and ‘young girl tied up in a house’

The convicted paedophile, 43, was identified two months ago as the man responsible for kidnapping and killing Madeleine and German police are racing to build a case against him.

The pal, who was named only as Manfred S, was tracked down to Portugal by a German documentary which was broadcast today.

Manfred spoke of his shock after finding the videos which were used to convict Christian B last December of the 2005 brutal rape of a 72 year old woman in Praia da Luz – two years before Madeleine vanished just yards away.

He said:”In the video an old woman was talking to him the whole time, then he used what looked like a ruler on her. I have seen some people say stick but to me it looked like a ruler.

”He kept flicking her breast with it and then on the other video there was a young girl tied up in a house, tied to a wooden beam.”

Manfred immediately alerted police about the videos which were found in Christian B’s house after he broke in while his pal was in prison.

Former friend of Madeleine McCann prime suspect Christian Brueckner tells how he boasted to him about breaking into hotels and says he reported him to police after finding video of him raping a woman

Brueckner’s mugshot issued by the Carabinieri military police in Italy around the time of his arrest in 2018 under an international warrant

It comes after the Mail on Sunday established that Brueckner had used a Casio Exilim digital camera to store 391 child porn pictures and 68 videos showing the rape and abuse of minors.

It was the same device that he used to take images of himself sexually abusing the five-year-old daughter of an ex-girlfriend.

The camera and its contents became the main evidence against Brueckner during two trials in which he was accused of sexually abusing the girl and possessing child pornography.

He fled to Portugal after being acquitted in 2016, but admitted his guilt when he was extradited back to Germany a year later. He was given a 15-month jail sentence.

A ten-page judgment from Braunschweig District Court reveals that the photographs showed children under the age of 14 being abused by adults, while others involved children being forced to perform sex acts.

Police said the videos had been downloaded from the internet and stored on the camera’s memory card.

The judgment adds that there were several naked pictures of another ex-girlfriend of Brueckner’s – not the mother of the five-year-old – and photographs of her having sex with him.

Police also found a Reck P6E blank pistol with ammunition in his flat – illegal to possess without a licence under German law.

According to the document, the abuse of the five-year-old took place on June 16, 2013, in Braunschweig at around the same time that Brueckner came on to the radar of German investigators as a suspect in the disappearance of Madeleine.

It adds he took pictures of the abuse and ‘saved them on his later confiscated camera with the intent to later arouse himself sexually’.

Police received a tip-off about Brueckner following an appeal over Madeleine on German TV six years after she disappeared from her family holiday apartment in the Praia da Luz resort in Portugal in May 2007.

Brueckner was living in the area at the time and police have said that mobile data shows he was near Maddie’s apartment on the evening she was abducted.

The judgment also noted that at the time of his arrest in 2014, Brueckner was on parole for a drugs offence he had committed in Niebull, a German city near the Danish border.

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