Christian Brueckner was filmed by hitchhikers weeks earlier than Madeleine McCann went lacking (Image: Mail On-line/Reuters)
The brand new suspect within the Madeleine McCann case was filmed on the wheel of a yellow VW campervan ‘weeks earlier than police consider he used it to kidnap the little lady’.
New footage reportedly exhibits Christian Brueckner, 43, laughing and joking with a gaggle of three hitchhikers who travelled with him to Spain.
Viewers see the convicted intercourse offender pouring over a map and sitting on the wheel of the battered yellow van in footage obtained by Mail On-line.
At one level Brueckner, who’s carrying a black necklace with a white T-shirt, flashes the peace signal.
The video was taken on March 30, 2007 – about 5 weeks earlier than Madeleine went lacking from an house in Praia da Luz in Portugal.
The van, which the German paedophile used to sleep in on the seaside close to Praia da Luz, is known to have since been offered for scrap – doubtlessly destroying key proof.
Brueckner’s lawyer Friedrich Fulscher says he ‘denies any involvement’ in her disappearance.
One man within the footage, recognized solely as Tomas, mentioned he was sickened when he realised he’d shared a journey to Spain with Brueckner.
Madeleine McCann went lacking from an house in Portugal in 2007 (Image: PA)
He mentioned: ‘It makes me sick to suppose that the little lady might have been taken away in the identical van a month later.
‘He appeared like some other unusual younger man. He was cheerful and joked quite a bit and comfortable to provide us a experience in his VW van.
‘He didn’t thoughts us filming him and taking his photos. He was comfortable to pose and will need to have recognized we might by no means suspect what a horrible man he actually was.
‘We couldn’t have recognized that he was such a monster in fact.’
Tomas was finishing a problem for a German radio station on the time the footage was taken.
Documented on-line within the type of a video diary, it concerned lugging a trailer throughout Europe whereas surviving on €10 a day.
Reflecting on the journey, Tomas mentioned it appeared Brueckner was making an attempt ‘too exhausting’ to be favored.
He mentioned: ‘He was a stranger and he determined to drive us for round 280 kilometres.’
‘I believed it was an excellent gesture from him, nevertheless it appears to me now that [he] wanted firm. We did like him, however we didn’t know him actually.’
Police not too long ago dug up an allotment in Hanover as soon as utilized by Brueckner (Image: Getty Pictures)
German detectives spent this week poring over an allotment as soon as utilized by Brueckner within the metropolis of Hanover – the place the suspect reportedly used to dwell.
On the website, police are mentioned to have searched a disused cellar as soon as believed to be a part of a backyard home that was torn down in 2007.
An estimated 100 law enforcement officials used excavators, shovels, rakes and sniffer canine as they accomplished their search.
Police have been tight-lipped on precisely what they hoped to search out on the website however they did affirm it was associated to the McCann investigation.
Brueckner is at the moment serving a jail time period for drug trafficking offences.
He has quite a lot of earlier convictions together with the sexual assault of a woman, 6, and the rape of an American girl, 72, in Praia da Luz in 2005.
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