Former friend of Madeleine McCann suspect claims

A key witness who alerted authorities to Madeleine McCann prime suspect Christian Brueckner has claimed that he let slip that she “didn’t scream” when she was kidnapped.

In his first public interview, Helge Busching defined that his former acquaintance appeared to incriminate himself within the disappearance of the three-year-old woman.

Helge stated that he realized of Brueckner’s true nature earlier than the disappearance of McCann after he stole some videotapes and a gun from his home.

Christian Brueckner was recognized as the first suspect in 2020

(Italian Carabinieri)

The video clips purportedly confirmed Brueckner sexually abusing an aged lady and teenage woman in Portugal. Helge recounted: “The sufferer stated ‘This borders on rape!’ and he simply stated ‘Shut up’. That’s once I knew what form of man Brueckner was.”

After leaving Portugal, Helge instructed the German outlet Bild that he crossed paths with the suspect at a music competition in Spain in 2008.

“He requested me, ‘’don’t you go to Portugal anymore and do enterprise there?’. ‘I stated, ‘’no, because the woman disappeared there, there have been too many police checks for me and I don’t want that in any respect,’ Helge stated.

“[The topic of Madeleine’s disappearance] got here up and I stated: ‘’Anyway, I don’t perceive how the baby may have disappeared with no hint.’

“Christian had drunk two or three beers, and he stated: ‘She didn’t scream.’

“I believed: He is aware of that. He has one thing to do with it. However he additionally checked that I understood that after which left at night time.”

A search was carried out of the Algarve reservoir in Might which had been visited by Brueckner


Helge claimed that he’d approached German authorities after discovering the videotapes however {that a} policeman instructed him to maintain quiet.

He additionally stated that he tried to tell Scotland Yard about Brueckner in 2008 through the devoted hotline however did not obtain a response.

“I referred to as Scotland Yard again in 2008,” he stated “On the Maddie hotline. I stated I knew somebody who may need one thing to do with it and gave them the identify. However nothing occurred there. Nothing! I used to be by no means referred to as again.

“In 2017 I had simply served a jail sentence in Greece. Once I heard in regards to the tenth anniversary of the disappearance, I remembered. Apparently the decision didn’t assist in any respect.

“So I contacted Scotland Yard once more. Then they listened to me.”

Madeleine disappeared whereas her dad and mom have been sat at a restaurant 55 metres from their condo

(PA Media)

In what has been described because the “most closely reported lacking particular person case in fashionable historical past”, Madeleine disappeared in Might 2007 whereas staying along with her dad and mom at a vacation condo in Praia da Luz.

Her dad and mom, Gerry and Kate McCann, had been eating with their mates at a restaurant 55 metres away after they found she was lacking throughout a routine test at 10pm.

The case has remained unsolved for 16 years with no physique found, nonetheless German prosecutors have said their perception that she was killed.

Brueckner was recognized as the first suspect in 2020, with authorities conducting a serious search of a distant Algarve reservoir in Might as half of their investigation. It’s believed that the jailed paedophile had commonly visited the mile-long peninsula and had described it as a “little slice of paradise” when dwelling close to the Praia da Luz resort.

Brueckner has earlier convictions for baby sexual abuse, drug trafficking and is presently serving a jail sentence in Germany for raping a 72-year-old pensioner.

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