Madeleine McCann suspect 'struggling' with lawyers concerned for his welfare

Madeleine McCann and Christian B
Madeleine McCann (left) and prime suspect Christian Brueckner (right)
Jack Walters

By Jack Walters

Published: 08/12/2023

- 13:30

The 46-year-old is currently serving a sentence for raping an American pensioner in 2005

The prime suspect in Madeleine McCann’s disappearance case has been struggling with the pressure of being accused of being involved in the unsolved crime.

Christian Brueckner, 46, is said to have told friends about how he is feeling about the accusations made about him.

McCann, aged just three at the time, went missing from her bed while on holiday with her family in Portugal in 2007.

Brueckner is also said to have found it “unfair” that investigators have not yet shared any of their evidence against him with his legal team.

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He maintains his innocence to his lawyers but has been connected to the toddler’s disappearance for sometime.

"Christian B has regularly told pals he speaks to from prison how tough it is being the Madeleine suspect," a source told The Sun.

"It makes his lawyers furious if anyone ever asks how Christian B is doing.

"It’s clear he is struggling with the pressure of being so firmly in the spotlight of the world - even if he is behind bars.

Madeleine McCannMadeleine McCann was last seen in 2007PA

"He hates being suspected of one of the most famous crimes in the world. And his lawyers hate that he is constantly the subject of headlines.

"He is behind bars for crimes he has already been convicted of committing.

"But I think he forgets there is a family out there who has lost their little girl."

Brueckner is serving a seven year jail sentece in Oldenburg after being convicted of raping an American pensioner in Portugal in 2005.

Madeleine McCannThe German national has not been charged in the Madeleine McCann case which remains ongoingPA

The suspect’s lawyers have described the hunt for evidence as a “fruitless search”.

A source said: “What a client says to his lawyer is protected in Germany in the same way as in the UK.

“But [his solicitor Friedrich] Fülscher is not going to stand up in public for any client and say he's convinced of their innocence when they have told him something different.”

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