Shock as Madeleine McCann case on verge of collapse

A team led by a former detective claims to have found evidence that Christian Brueckner was “30 minutes away” from Praia da Luz on the night that Madeleine McCann disappeared – potentially critically damaging the case against him.

The 44-year-old sex offender was named as the prime suspect in the Madeleine McCann case in June 2020.

The German-born rapist was known to be living in the Algarve region of Portugal near to Praia da Luz, when the British 4-year-old disappeared in 2007.

He’s currently in jail in Germany on an unrelated charges but German prosecutors have repeatedly said that they’re confident that they will soon have enough evidence to charge him in connection with Madeleine’s disappearance.

But Mark Williams-Thomas is not so sure. The former Surrey Police detective is currently woking on a three-part documentary about the case for Channel 5, and be believes he’s found evidence that Brueckner was nowhere near the Praia da Luz holiday apartments on the night Madeleine vanished.

A source close to the investigation said: “They have concluded that [Brueckner] could not have snatched Madeleine. He was 30 minutes away and was not on the phone in Praia da Luz the night she vanished.”

Brueckner has consistently maintained that he had no involvement in the British girl’s disappearance, and disputes the allegations made by German prosecutor Hans Christian Wolters.

The sex offender’s legal team “remain sure Wolters and his investigators don’t have a shred of evidence to convict him on or charge him over,” said a source close to Brueckner.

“Their position has always been clear,” the source added. “If there is evidence, show it. But the police never have. That’s why they are convinced these comments are a bluff designed to get Brueckner to crack behind bars and confess to someone. That will never happen”.

Brueckner has accused Wolters of being just “a celebrity cop looking to make headlines.”

In 2020, German investigators said that they believe Madeleine is dead, and that they know how she was killed. But as yet prosecutors have produced no hard evidence of her death and British police are still treating the case as one of a missing person.