An ex-girlfriend of Madeleine McCann suspect Christian Brueckner has opened up for the first time about her experience of living with the pedophile. The woman, 35, revealed that she had been living in fear of his release from prison after serving a sentence for sexually assaulting her daughter who was 5 at the time. The woman and Brueckner had been in a relationship for around nine months.
The woman and her daughter had lived in his apartment for a while which was beside the kiosk he worked at in Braunschweig in Germany, Daily Mail reports. It is said that Brueckner had assaulted the child who had blonde hair similar to Madeleine in a public park. He had also taken pictures of the child and saved it on a memory card.
Brueckner is the prime suspect in the disappearance of Madeleine McCann. Madeleine vanished at the age of 3 while she was on a vacation with her parents at a Portuguese resort in May 2007 and has not been seen since.
Brueckner’s former girlfriend shared, “I am scared because it was this trial that put him in jail. I don’t want him to come out of jail,” adding that he had only received a 15 month-long prison sentence for his crimes. The woman cannot be identified for legal reasons. She also claimed that Brueckner had repeatedly assaulted her daughter and would also be violent towards her. She shared, “he hit me when he was drunk or in a foul mood. He was very aggressive.” She added that she had reported Brueckner to the police for the abuse of her daughter and also provided a written statement that was given to prosecutors.
“I believe he abused my daughter on three occasions, but the police only charged him for the one occasion because they had photos of the abuse,” the woman said. She also says it is possible that Brueckner had abused other children in the same area as a number of parents had a habit of entrusting him with their children. “I am sure he abused other children. Some parents used to leave their kids with him, especially those parents on welfare,” she continued. The accused had initially been investigated by the authorities for sexually abusing the five-year-old child in 2014.
When the police raided his apartment, they found a digital camera with at least 391 sickening pictures and 68 videos of the abuse taking place. The same camera also consisted of five pictures of Brueckner abusing the child in a Braunschweig Park. The authorities revealed that the images had been taken in 2013 which was around the same time that Brueckner’s name came on the radar of German investigators who were looking into the disappearance of Madeleine. Brueckner, 43, is currently serving a seven-year jail term for raping an American woman, 72, in Praia da Luz, Portugal. He is housed at the Kiel Jail in northern Germany. He is now the prime suspect in Madeleine’s disappearance from 13 years ago.
In the 13 years since the incident, the case has been dubbed as the “most heavily-reported missing person case in modern history” with many persons emerging as suspects in the case but left after their trails drew no conclusion.