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The trial of the man who is suspected in the disappearance of Madeleine McCann was held.

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Terrible details could be heard at the trial of Kristijan Brukner (47), who, among other things, is a suspect in the case of the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.

Bruckner is accused of three rapes and two sexual assaults allegedly committed in Portugal’s Algarve between 2000 and 2017. The attacks came just minutes after three-year-old Madeline disappeared from the apartment in Praia da Luz in May 2007 where she was staying with her parents Kate and Gerry and siblings.

She has not been seen since, and in June 2020 German police named Bruckner as the man responsible for her abduction and murder, but he has not yet been charged with anything related to her disappearance. Shocking details were read in court of how Bruckner’s victim Hazel Behan, who said she was attacked in 2004 while working as a tour guide in the Algarve, feared her attacker would ‘cut her head off’.

Two other alleged rapes of an unidentified woman aged between 70 and 80 and a girl (14) were also described in gruesome detail. Prosecutor Ute Lindeman told the court that Brukner used rape drugs to incapacitate his victims before holding them captive in his home.

In further graphic details of the attack on Hazel, the prosecutor said: “He went to Behan’s bedroom and found her sleeping there. At the time he was dressed in black, had leather gloves and a full face mask. The mask only had two round cutouts for the eyes and a small slit for the mouth, so that the victim could only see the accused’s eyes and eyebrows.

In his left hand he held a knife with a blade about 30 cm long, he knelt over the sleeping victim and called her name, which woke her up. He held the knife so that the victim clearly saw it when she woke up,” he said. In his opening statement, Bruckner’s lawyer said his client was the victim of an unfair media campaign.

“He is under constant media fire around the world. According to the public prosecutor’s office in Braunschweig, he allegedly kidnapped and killed Madeleine Beth McCann. This theory is constantly repeated by the investigative authorities to the media,” he said. Incidentally, the proceedings began with prosecutor Ute Lindeman reading the five charges against Bruckner. He listened carefully as he scanned the file in front of him, took notes and occasionally turned to whisper something to his legal team, writes jutarnji.hr.

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Earlier this month, Bruckner told MailOnline that the case against him was “ridiculous” and added sarcastically: “I hope (they) find some answers to (their) questions soon.” Bruckner’s lawyer said his client denies any involvement in Madeline’s disappearance, as well as the current charges, and said Bruckner was “under stress” from being in the media and in “poor physical health“.

The trial is unrelated to Madeleine’s disappearance. If convicted, Bruckner could spend the rest of his life in prison, but he insists that DNA and other evidence against him is wrong and that witnesses are lying about him. The trial should last until June.

(MONDO/IV)

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