Madeleine McCann news: Suspect could be eligible for parole today despite links to murders of German girl and boy – The Sun

MADELEINE McCann's suspect "Christian B' could be eligible to be released on parole from today.

This is depiste being linked to the disappearance of a boy, 6, in 1996 and a girl, 5, in 2015 by police.

"Christian B", 43, is believed to have been investigated over the disappearance of a German boy, René and a girl named only as Inga, according to media reports.

Inga went missing from a family party in Saxony-Anhalt on May 2, 2015, and has never been found, while police have reopened the investigation in René Hasee's disappearance in 1996 after he vanished just 25 miles from Praia da Luz.

But the German national is eligible for parole having served two-thirds of his sentence for drug offences – but this is not automatic and German legal experts say it is unlikely to go through as he is under investigation for murder.

He has also appealed against allegations of raping a 72-year-old woman in the Algarve resort in 2005, while he has not been charged with anything related to the Madeleine McCann case.

Police homed in on "Christian B" after he told a pal in a pub he snatched Madeleine, who believe he staked out the McCanns’ holiday flat in Praia da Luz, Portugal, for four days before the three-year-old was snatched in May 2007.

Meanwhile, Portuguese cops revealed that they did tell their British counterparts about the new prime suspect when the 2012 case files were handed over.

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  • ‘VERY UNUSUAL’ MADELEINE CASE DESCRIBED AS MURDER

    A German criminal lawyer has said it was “very unusual” Madeleine McCann’s disappearance is already being described as a murder case.

    A 43-year-old convicted sex offender, Christian B, was revealed by the German to be the prime suspect in the disappearance of the three-year-old.

    Christian Hoppe, from Germany's Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA), said: “We think that she might have become the victim of a homicide.”

    But the Sunday Times reports legal experts were surprised Hoppe explicitly described the case as murder rather than as a missing person inquiry.

    “That is very unusual,” said Arndt Kempgens, a German criminal lawyer who is following the case told the paper.

    “That can only mean they have found something else that they haven’t made public. Otherwise they would have spoken about a missing person.”

  • ‘IF ONLY WE HADN’T COME HERE’

    Gerry McCann spoke of his regrets at going on holiday to Praia da Luz, a documentary maker has revealed.

    Steven Anderson said he accompanied Gerry and Kate McCann back to Portugal for a reconstruction of the events surrounding Madeleine’s disappearance.

    He was speaking in the wake of Christian B, a 43-year-old convicted German sex offender, being revealed as the prime suspect in the case.

    He told the Telegraph he was with a crew filming in the tapas restaurant where the couple had been eating when the three-year-old was abducted.

    “Walking away from our crew, he was out of my earshot, but heard to say, ‘If only we hadn’t come here’,” he said.

    “His momentary self-chastisement was met by one of my colleagues, who tried to plead with him that it wasn’t his fault.”

  • SUSPECT 'LOST IT' WHEN DISCUSSING CASE

    Prime suspect Christian B allegedly became angry when he began discussing Madeleine McCann, it was reported.

    The 43-year-old convicted paedophile was revealed as a suspect last week when the German authorities issued an appeal for information about the toddler’s disappearance.

    He ran the small shop selling drinks and snacks in the northern German town of Braunschweig between 2012 and 2014.

    Lenta Johlitz, 34, who worked for him, told German newspaper Bild about a conversation they had about Madeleine.

    “Once he totally lost it when we sat together with friends and had a conversation about the Maddie case,” he said.

    “He wanted us to stop talking about it. He shouted ‘The child is dead now and that’s it’.’

  • ‘LAST THROW OF THE DICE’ IN MADELEINE CASE

    Time might be running out to prosecute Madeleine McCann suspect Christian B, it was reported.

    The 43-year-old may reportedly be eligible for parole on his drugs offence as early as today, according to the Sunday Times.

    He is also appealing his conviction for the rape of a 72-year-old woman in Portugal in 2005, for which he has not yet been sentenced.

    “The Germans are coming under real pressure to charge him [over Madeleine’s abduction],” said a source.

    “Last week’s appeal was possibly a last throw of the dice.”

  • COPS HOPING FOR 'KNOCK OUT BLOW'

    THE prime suspect in the Madeleine McCann disappearance is under surveillance in the hope he’ll confess, it was reported.

    Police are said to be seeking a “knockout blow” to charge the 43-year-old Christian B over the youngster's disappearance in 2007.

    They are now tracking the convicted rapist in prison where he is serving time for drug offences the hope he will confess, The Sunday Times reports.

    Christian B was named as the prime suspect in Madeleine's disappearance this week with prosecutors in Germany investigating him “on suspicion of murder”.

    We are now able to show his picture in full in the UK after it was published in a German newspaper – as cops in both countries appeal for anyone who knows him to come forward.

  • SUSPECT LINKED TO TEEN'S MURDER

    The paedophile suspect in the disappearance of Madeleine McCann has been linked to the murder of a missing girl in Belgium.

    Carola Titze had reportedly been in contact with a German man days before the 16-year-old disappeared while on holiday in De Haan in 1996.

    Tragically, her body was found badly mutilated in sand dunes just six days later.

    Belgian authorities are investigating whether Christian B was involved in the teenager's killing.

    This is the fourth unsolved child disappearance he could now been linked to, prosecutors say.

    The now 43-year-old would have been about 19 at the time of Carola's disappearance.

    In the days before her disappearance, she was reportedly seen at a disco with a German man.

    And despite police constructing a potential image of the suspect, no one was ever arrested.

    Christian B has also been linked to the disappearance of two German children.

    Read more here.

  • PORTUGUESE COPS SAY THEY PASSED ON SUSPECT'S NAME

    The row over what information passed on by Portuguese police about the prime suspect in the disappearance of Madeleine McCann continues.

    They have insisted they passed the name of the Christian B, a 43-year-old convicted sex offender, to the Met Police.

    Policia Judiciaria Deputy director Carlos Farinha has said the suspect’s name was handed over but the Met didn’t request any information.

    Defending his force’s actions, Mr Farinha said: “If the Policia Judiciaria is being accused of not prioritising (the suspect), the same can be said of the Metropolitan Police, because since at least 2012, they have had knowledge of him.

    “If the suspicions about that person were so evident, he would have been the subject of intelligence requests by the English, which have always been authorised in Portugal, but they never asked.”

  • MISSING BOY'S DAD GIVEN HOPE

    The dad of a six-year-old boy who vanished in Portugal says dramatic developments in the Madeleine McCann case have given him hope.

    René Hasee disappeared on holiday in Portugal nearly 24 years ago and German investigators say they are reopening the case following the emergence of a suspect disappearance of Madeleine.

    Christian B, a 43-year-old convicted sex offender, is currently in prison in his homeland.

    “I had not heard from the police for almost 20 years,” Andreas Hasee told the Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger newspaper.

    “They told me they will now take a closer look at the case of my son.”

    Police believe “there may be a connection” between René’s disappearance and that of Madeleine, he added.

    As well as the case of René, German police are also investigating he the disappearance of Inga Gehricke

    She was five-years-old when she vanished from a forest in the Saxony-Anhalt region of Germany in May 2015.

  • POLICE APPEAL GENERATES 400 TIPS

    A police appeal for information has generated almost 400 tips since authorities said they were investigating a new suspect.

    The 43-year-old convicted German child sex offender, is currently in prison in his home country, is known as Christian B.

    The Metropolitan Police’s investigation into Madeleine’s disappearance is known as Operation Grange.

    The force still considers it a missing person inquiry because there is no “definitive evidence whether Madeleine is alive or dead”.

    “The Op Grange team have had just short of 400 pieces of information through, in calls and emails,” said a spokesman

    It comes as Madeleine's doctor parents Kate and Gerry McCann from Rothley, Leicestershire, welcomed the latest appeal in a statement saying: “We will never give up hope of finding Madeleine alive.”

    Their spokesman, Clarence Mitchell, said: “They certainly will be encouraged to know the appeal is yielding results already and hopefully within that there will be crucial bits of information the police can act upon.

    “They wait to hear any developments from police.”

  • MADELEINE MCCANN SUSPECT ‘KICKED OUT BY PARENTS’

    The prime suspect in Madeleine McCann's disappearance was kicked out by his parents after his dad was left brain damaged in a crash, it was claimed today.

    Christian B this week emerged as a prime suspect in the British toddler's disappearance 13 years ago.

    Brigitte and Fritz adopted Christian after his birth mother gave him up – but struggled to control him as he became more and more wild as a teen.

    And the horrified mum today spoke out from her detached bungalow in a village in southern Germany.

    She told The Sun: “I don't know anything about it. I don't want to know anything about it.”

    She has been estranged from her adopted son Christian for years after she and husband Fritz kicked him out as a teenager because he was such a tearaway.

    And when Fritz suffered terrible injuries in a car crash which left him wheelchair bound the couple felt they could no longer cope with the disruptive teen.

    He was sent to live in a home for delinquent boys in 1992 when he was aged 15.

    Read more here.

  • PORTUGUESE OFFICIALS TO SEARCH FILES FOR MCCANN SUSPECT

    Portugal's prosecutor's office said it would pore over its files to see if a German man suspected of murdering British girl Madeleine McCann, has a criminal record there.

    Germany is investigating a 43-year-old German national on suspicion of murder, the Braunschweig state prosecutor said on Thursday.

    Lawyer Jan-Christian Hochmann confirmed on Saturday he was representing the suspect, Christian B., but declined to comment.

    German police said on Wednesday that the suspect lived in the Algarve between 1995 and 2007 and that he worked in the catering industry while also burgling holiday flats and drug dealing. The suspect is currently in detention over a different matter.

    On Friday, the prosecutor general's office in Portugal said there were no records of crimes committed by the suspect in the Algarve.

  • EDITORIAL: SUN SAYS JUSTICE SHOULD BE IN THE OPEN

    The Sun on Sunday has said it is astonishing a criminal’s identity cannot be revealed.

    Due to privacy laws in Germany the full name of the man who has been named as a key suspect in the disappearance of Madeleine McCann cannot be named.

    He is just referred to as Christian B, 43, a German national.

    The Sun said: “In crucial appeals for information, German police can only refer to the paedophile and convicted rapist as “Christian B”.

    “In Britain the fact of an arrest is now considered private too.

    “How long before privacy campaigners start pressing for a German-style system here?

    “We owe it to the victims of these monsters never to let that happen.”

    Read more here.

  • MCCANN SUSPECT WALKED INTO COP TRAP HOLDING A BIBLE

    The key suspect in the disappearance of Madeleine McCann walked into a police trap in Milan while holding a bible.

    Christian B was caught by cops in 2018 in a sting while he was on the run.

    Italian cops have said he cut a “pathetic figure” when he was snared, reports the Sunday Mirror.

    Lieutenant Andrea Papa, part of the city’s elite murder squad, said: “When we arrested him we could see the surprise on his face – he was really worried.

    “He seemed like someone who lived on the streets. He was unshaved and his clothes were dirty. He smelled bad.

    “He was in jeans, trainers and a military jacket. He had no phone or money, just a Bible and a business card with his lawyer’s number.

    “He seemed pathetic. We even felt sorry for him and gave him a bottle of water.”

  • CHRISTIAN B’S NAME PASSED TO COPS SEVEN YEARS AGO

    The name of the key Madeleine McCann suspect was passed to cops seven years ago, it has been claimed.

    Scotland Yard e-fits were shown on a German TV programme in 2013 appealing for information.

    Christian B’s name was passed to police by an acquaintance who saw the programme featuring Kate and Gerry McCann and remembered him from the Portuguese resort where Madeleine was snatched from, the Mail on Sunday claims.

    It is not known if the tip-off was ever passed on to Scotland Yard cops.

    Sources in Germany told the paper that the acquaintance outlined his suspicions in an online police form which was sent to the country’s Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA).

    The Sun Online has not been able to verify the claims.

  • MCCANN SUSPECT REGULARLY VISITED RUNDOWN COUNTRYSIDE VILLA

    Christian B regularly visited a rundown villa in the Portuguese countryside after Madeleine McCann’s disappearance, it has been claimed.

    The property, not previously linked with the 43-year-old German who has been revealed as the key suspect in the toddler’s disappearance, could now become a focal point in discovering what happened to the three-year-old in 2007.

    It is believed Christian B often stayed at the villa in the village of Foral in 2007 and 2008 and parked his Volkswagen van at a nearby restaurant.

    The villa is about 40 miles from the Ocean Club in Praia da Luz, the holiday resort where three-year-old Madeleine disappeared, according to the Mail on Sunday.

    A German couple who have lived in the village for more than 20 years said they immediately recognised him when he was named by German officials earlier this week.

  • WITNESS CLAIMS THEY SAW MADELEINE MCCANN IN VW VAN

    A witness has claimed they saw Madeleine McCann in a Volkswagen van after she disappeared.

    A police file details how the witness claims to have seen the toddler emerging from a restaurant in the Spanish town of Alcossebre before getting into the van with an unidentified man.

    British cops believe the 43-year-old German national was living in a battered VW T3 Westerfalia campervan in the Portuguese resort of Praia da Luz at the time of Madeleine’s disappearance.

    According to the witness, Madeleine was seen at 11am on May 28, 2007 – three weeks after she vanished, according to the Mail on Sunday.

    The police report, issued as part of Operation Task, said: “A caller has reported a possible sighting of Madeleine McCann, 11am, 28th May 2007.

    “Location given as a restaurant called Tunnels, in an old castle at an area called Cap Y Corp, Alcossebre, Spain.

    “She was seen to leave with a man in a Volkswagen van.

    “We request the Spanish police check the location for any CCTV or witnesses.

    “We request German vehicle details. Can the vehicle be circulated for a stop and check to be carried out if seen.”

  • MADELEINE MCCANN SUSPECT WAS ‘TWISTED LONER’

    The key suspect in the disappearance of Madeleine McCann has been described as a “twisted loner” by a former classmate.

    Christian B, 43, was named by German officials earlier this week as the key murder suspect.

    Now a former classmate has described how he spent his days annoying the other children and getting into a string of fights.

    He told The Sun: “I have only ever had one fight in my life – and that was with Christian B.

    “He spent a year being sneaky and snidey with me, never stopping with the comments.

    “One day I exploded and told him I wished he would go back to the children’s home from where he had come from.

    “We all knew he was adopted, so I shouldn’t have said that but I lost my temper with him.

    “He jumped on me and we traded punches until a teacher pulled me apart.

    “Everyone hated him in class and they all kept their distance.”

    Read more here.

  • MCCANN SUSPECT DESCRIBED AS ‘SLEAZY’

    The Brit woman who escaped the clutches of the key Madeleine McCann suspect has said he looked at her in a “sleazy” way.

    Christian B targeted Angie Dawes soon after the girl vanished.

    Angie’s father soon became concerned about his disturbing behaviour — and the serial sex offender’s habit of silently leering at his daughter.

    She recalled: “I met him at my parents’ house. Even though he was polite, on every occasion he was weird.

    “He was memorable to look at. The blond hair with striking blue eyes.

    “But he would just stare at me in a sleazy way for a minute or two without saying a word and not release his gaze.

    “It was bizarre and made me feel very uncomfortable. His eyes chilled me to the bone.”

    Angie added: “Dad made a comment about how he must like me.

    “It was summer time and I’d be wearing summer clothes. He was enjoying looking at me dressed like that by the way he would just stare me down.”

    Read more here.

  • MCCANN’S PARENTS COULD RENEW LEGAL FIGHT WITH PORTUGUESE COP

    The parents of Madeleine McCann could renew their legal fight with the Portuguese cop who claimed they accidentally killed their daughter.

    Kate and Gerry McCann have been battling with the former Portuguese police chief Goncalo Amaral, 59, who led the initial investigation into the toddler’s disappearance in 2007.

    He claimed in his book The Truth of the Lie Madeleine’s parents faked her abduction.

    His claims have never been substantiated and Kate and Gerry have always strongly maintained their innocence.

    The couple from Leicestershire issued a write against Mr Amaral following the publication of his book.

    In 2015 Madeleine’s parents won a libel case against Mr Amaral and he was forced to pay €500,000 in damages.

    A source connected to the legal fight has no said if the latest developments involving Christian B resulted in a successful prosecution it would “demolish” Mr Amaral’s arguments, The Daily Telegraph has reported.

    Any criminal conviction would prove his claims “utterly defamatory”, the source said.

  • WOMAN RAPED BY MCCANN SUSPECT SUFFERED HORRIFIC ORDEAL

    The elderly woman raped by the key suspect in Madeleine McCann’s disappearance feared she was going to die in the horrific attack.

    The 72-year-old, who has not been named, was beaten with a razor-sharp sword during the savage assault.

    He also bound, gagged and tortured her during the sex attack and she told police: “I feared I was going to die.”

    The woman spent two days with investigators recounting her ordeal in Praia da Luz, Portugal, in September 2005 — two years before Madeleine vanished from the Ocean Club complex in the same Algarve resort.

    A female FBI agent interviewed the widow about the attack on behalf of Portuguese police.

    She told the agent: “I went to the study. I was grabbed by a very strong and tall man by the neck in the dark and pulled up the five stone stairs into the bedroom.

    “I was briefly able to recognise a masked figure.

    “Dark eyes looked out of slits and he had held a long, curved knife, which looked like a sabre.

    “He gagged me, tied my arms behind my back and then, as I later found out, put bedclothes and other material on the windows so no one could look inside.”

    Read more here.

  • BRIT MUM NARROWLY ESCAPED CLUTCHES OF MCCANN SUSPECT

    A Brit mum has told how she escaped the clutches of the Madeleine McCann suspect when he stayed with her parents.

    Christian B targeted Angie Dawes soon after the girl vanished.

    She said: “It makes me sick to my stomach.”

    Terrified Angie, then 32, said the German creeped her out after suddenly arriving at her remote Portuguese village.

    Read more here.

  • MCCANN SUSPECT WAS SENT TO HOME BY ADOPTIVE PARENTS

    The key suspect in the disappearance of Madeleine McCann was sent to a home by his adoptive parents.

    Neighbours of Christian B, now 43, claimed he was sent to the home when he was a young boy because they could no longer cope with his behaviour.

    The German national is now the key suspect in the disappearance of Madeleine McCann who vanished from a holiday apartment in Portugal in 2007.

    Christian B, who is currently serving time in jail, is now being investigated over the toddler who was aged three when she disappeared.

  • MADELEINE MCCANN SUSPECT HAS LONG CRIMINAL RECORD

    The German man who is now the focus of attention in the disappearance of Madeleine McCann is currently serving time in prison but what is expected to happen next?

    Christian B, 43, is currently jail in Kiel, northern Germany, serving 21 months for dealing drugs on the island of Sylt.

    The sentence, handed down in 2011, was initially suspended, but in 2016 he was convicted of sexual offences involving a child and the following year of grievous bodily harm and so was then forced to serve the drug sentence.

    Last December he was given a further seven years after he was convicted by a court in Brunswick, Lower Saxony, of raping a 72-year-old American, who has not been named, in Praia da Luz in September 2005, some 20 months before Madeleine McCann’s disappearance.

    It was his 17th conviction.

    Christian B has appealed his rape conviction, and is so not yet legally binding.

    As he has served two-thirds of his drug sentence, Christian B is eligible parole, but this is not automatic.

    German legal experts have said that it is extremely unlikely that someone suspected of murder would be released early.

    He has yet to be charged with any offence in connection with Madeleine McCann.

    Police have issued photographs of the suspect and it is not thought he has been questioned by them.

  • NADIA SAWALHA BACKS MADELEINE MCCANN’S PARENTS

    Loose Women presenter Nadia Sawalha has backed Madeleine McCann’s parents over conspiracy theories about the disappearance of the toddler.

    Taking to her Instagram account, the TV star and actress, 55, posted a picture of her own daughter Maddie and wrote: “This is my Maddie the year Madeleine McCann went missing.

    “I remember the horror I felt every time I saw a newspaper headline with her name emblazoned across it.

    “I was pregnant with Kiki when Madeleine went missing and my heart felt perpetually broken for her and her parents.

    She continued: “I want to beg and plead with all my heart for those people who have been, and continue to be, so brutal to the McCann’s now just stop.

    “Have a heart. No more trolling, accusations or conspiracy theories. Ask yourself if you've ever made a mistake you regret, I know I have.”

  • MADELEINE MCCANN SUSPECT TRADED DRUGS FOR SEX WITH YOUNG GIRLS

    The Madeleine McCann suspect traded drugs for sex with young girls at raves in the Algarve, it was claimed tonight.

    Christian B often slept with revellers after gifting them cannabis joints at the wild sex parties.

    Details of the prime suspect’s actions were laid bare by a witness who recognised him peddling dope at around the same time Madeleine McCann disappeared.

    The woman, who spoke to Portuguese TV anonymously with her face masked, said she recognised him and his distinctive yellow and white VW Camper van.

    The woman said of the his sex-for-drugs deals: “It was a sort of payment in kind.

    “He gave the girls weed and other things they wanted and in exchange they gave him sex because they didn’t have money to pay for the drugs.

    “That was the way they did things.”

    Read more here.

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