After a probe into the 2004 sex attack claim, a German suspect of kidnapping Madeleine McCann faces a ‘rape charge’

  • Christian Brueckner accused of assaulting Hazel Behan (Irish tour rep)  
  • German citizens lived in Algarve during the majority of the time 1995-2007 
  • For raping an American pensioner, he is currently serving seven years in prison 

German officials announced that Madeleine McCann is being charged next year with 2004 rape.

Christian Brueckner 45 is being accused of attacking Hazel Behan (Irish tour representative) on the Algarve. He was only 20 when the attack occurred three years prior to the British toddler’s disappearance.

German news website Der Spiegel reported that prosecutors will ‘conclude the investigation’ early next year.

Christian Brueckner, 45, is accused of brutally attacking Irish tour rep Hazel Behan, who was 20 at the time, on the Algarve three years before the British toddler disappeared

Christian Brueckner 45 is being accused of attacking Hazel Behan (Irish tour representative) on the Algarve when she was only 20. He did this three years prior to the British toddler disappearance.

Brueckner, who raped an American pensioner in 2005, is serving a seven-year sentence.

The German national lived in the Algarve for much of the period from 1995 to 2007 and made a living doing odd jobs in the area where Madeleine vanished

This German citizen lived in Algarve during the 1995-2007 period. He made his living by doing odd jobs around the region where Madeleine disappeared.

German prosecutors have not yet revealed what evidence they have that implicates Brueckner in Miss Behan’s case. 

His lawyer refused to comment.

German national, Madeleine vanished in 1995. Madeleine lived for a large part of her time in Algarve.

His burgling of holiday apartments and hotel rooms is also a common occurrence.

Portuguese police files on Ms Behan’s case seen by the German news weekly say there are numerous parallels between her ordeal and the attack on the 72-year-old woman.

She came forward in June 2020, waiving her anonymity, and demanded her case be reopened after reading about Brueckner’s conviction in the media.

Ms. Behan shared details of the attack at the time. In particular, she told how a masking man climbed onto her apartment’s balcony in the wee hours of the morning.

The man tied her neck and then raped her for four to five hours.

The attacker threatened her with death, then fled the scene and left her bleeding on the balcony.