Madeleine McCann latest news: Christian B will NEVER face trial for her disappearance, his lawyer claims – updates

PRIME suspect Christian B will never face trial for Madeleine McCann’s disappearance, his lawyer claims.

Police are adamant that the convicted German paedophile is the culprit and insist they have “concrete evidence’’ Madeleine is dead.

However, his lawyer Friedrich Fulscher has dismissed what cops say. He said: “Where is the evidence?

"Why has the prosecution not revealed it?

"There won’t be a trial for my client for Madeleine McCann. I am certain.”

Meanwhile, top forensic expert Professor Angela Gallop has said Madeleine McCann’s disappearance WILL one day be solved.

Professor Gallop, a world-renowned scientist whose work has helped to solve numerous cold cases, said the riddle would finally be solved because “contact always leaves a trace”.

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  • EASIER TO 'ORDER HOLY WATER' THAN COOPERATE, LAWYER SAYS

    The prime suspect in the disappearance of Madeleine McCann will never co-operate with the police, his lawyer says.

    Convicted rapist and child abuser Christian B's lawyer Friedrich Fulscher said his client would not help cops trying to find out what happened to the missing three-year-old.

    “Before our client starts to co-operate with the prosecutor's office, you could order holy water as a long drink in hell,” Mr Fulscher told the Sydney Morning Herald.

    “That is not unusual. It is very normal not to talk to the police when you are suspected of committing a crime.

    “The prosecutor's office has to prove that a suspect has committed a crime, and not the suspect prove that he hasn't.”

  • CHRISTIAN B 'EXPOSED HIMSELF TO EIGHT-YEAR-OLD IN PARK'

    A mum has claimed the Madeleine McCann suspect Christian B exposed himself to her daughter while trying to chat to her.

    Paedophile Christian B, 43, was caught with his trousers down under a slide in San Bartolomeu de Messines, 40 miles from Praia da Luz, Portugal, where Madeleine disappeared when she was aged three.

    The German national was arrested in 2017 after he committed a sex act in front of four youngsters.

    Christian B was extradited to Germany and is currently behind bars for drug offences.

  • MADDIE RIDDLE WILL BE SOLVED ONE DAY, CLAIMS EXPERT

    A top forensic expert said Madeleine McCann’s disappearance WILL one day be solved.

    Professor Angela Gallop, a world-renowned scientist whose work has helped to solve numerous cold cases, said the riddle would finally be solved because “contact always leaves a trace”.

    Speaking to the Sun Online, Prof Gallop CBE explained: “There have been so many cases where it has looked so hopeless at the start, but where we have been able to dig out something which has led to a resolution.”

    Read the full story here.

  • 'WE MISS HER EVERY SECOND'

    Several years ago, on the 10th anniversary of Madeleine McCann’s abduction, her anguished family thanked supporters for giving them hope in a heartbreaking letter.

    Kate and Gerry McCann addressed the message to “our dear friends” in Praia da Luz, Portugal.

    The poignant letter written in 2017 said: “We miss her every second.

    “Despite the evil and hurt that has come our way, we have been very fortunate, having witnessed and experienced goodness and kindness in great abundance during this long and difficult period of 'stolen' time.

    “We are especially grateful to our friends and supporters in Luz for being strong enough and brave enough to keep Madeleine and our family in your prayers and in your hearts.

    “Your love and compassion has given us fortitude over the years and sustained our hope in immeasurable amounts.

    “There will never be too many times to thank you… and so 'thank you' for everything… but above all, for not giving up on Madeleine.

    “With our love and our very best wishes, Kate, Gerry, Madeleine, Sean and Amelie – and all our family.”

  • KIDS CLOTHES FOUND IN CHRISTIAN B'S MOBILE HOME

    Christian B kept kids’ clothes and swimwear in his mobile home, it has emerged.

    Convicted paedophile Christian B, 43, bought the red and white Allegro Bay RV in early 2010 — three years after moving back to his native Germany from Portugal.

    Pals said he used it to drive regularly back and forth between Germany, Spain and Portugal and once boasted how he could allegedly “carry children and drugs” inside.

    Cops found the clothes and swimwear after seizing the RV as part of their probe into missing Inga Gehricke, who disappeared in 2015 during a picnic with her parents.

    Christian B used a derelict crate factory at Neuwegers­leben as a weekend pad where he kept the RV.

    The items were found there in 2016 along with USB sticks containing images of child sex abuse.

    Other images on the sticks included some of Christian B partially naked or wearing stockings performing a solo sex act.

    The six data sticks and two memory cards were found buried under the body of his dog at the factory, wrapped in a carrier bag.

  • CHRISTIAN B'S SQUALID VILLA

    The suspect once lived in a squalid villa in Portugal – just a few miles from where the youngster went missing in The Algarve.

    Pics of the “disgusting and vile” farmhouse-style property show rubbish scattered outside and a badly overgrown garden.

    Neighbours in Portugal described its former resident as an “angry” man who vanished suddenly after leaving a bizarre collection of wigs and exotic clothing.

    One told Sky News: “He arrived in the mid-nineties and rented the place from the English owner.

    “He went back to Germany at one stage and moved another German guy in to look after it, then came back and threw him out on the street.

    “He was always a bit angry, driving fast up and down the lane, and then one day, around 2006, he just disappeared without a word.”

    The woman then added: “About six months later I was asked to help clean up the place and it was disgusting, absolutely vile.

    “It had been trashed, with broken stuff like computers all over the place.

    “We found a bin bag and inside were wigs and exotic clothing, whether just fancy dress or something stranger I couldn't tell.”

    She revealed she was later contacted by Scotland Yard who quizzed her about her former neighbour.

  • WHO IS CHRISTIAN B?

    Christian B, who we are not naming for legal reasons, is the prime suspect in Madeleine’s disappearance and was born in Germany in 1976 but moved to Portugal in his late teens.

    The 43-year-old paedo – who has twice been convicted for sex crimes against kids – was thought to live nearby where the holiday villa when Madeleine disappeared in 2005.

    The pervert is believed to have been leading a “transient lifestyle”, travelling to and from Portugal and Germany.

    He was convicted of raping of a 72-year-old American woman in the same resort where Maddie went missing, but is to appealing the charge.

  • GERRY RECALLS LAST MOMENTS WITH MADELEINE

    In Kate McCann's book, ‘Madeleine: Our Daughter's Disappearance and the Continuing Search for Her,’ she revealed the details of Gerry’s final check on his daughter.

    She wrote: “After ordering his food, Gerry left for the first check just before 9:05pm by his watch.

    “He entered the apartment via the patio doors and noticed almost immediately that the children’s bedroom door was further ajar than it had been.

    “He glanced into our room to make sure Madeleine hadn’t wandered in there, as she was prone to do if ever she woke in the small hours.

    “Seeing no little body curled up in our bed, he went over to look in on the children.”

    It adds: “Madeleine was lying there on her left-hand side, her legs under the covers, in exactly the same position as we’d left her.

  • TOP FORENSICS EXPERT 'OPTIMISTIC MCCANN CASE WILL BE SOLVED'

    A top forensic expert has said she is confident the Madeleine McCann case will one day be solved.

    Professor Angela Gallop CBE is a world-renowned scientist whose work has helped to solve numerous cold cases.

    Speaking to the Sun Online, she said: “There have been so many cases where it has looked so hopeless at the start, but where we have been able to dig out something which has led to a resolution.

    “I’ve always been interested in this case – after all this time it would be extremely tough.

    “But one thing I’ve found with some of these really difficult crimes is that you never say never about anything.

    “I’m an optimist by nature and an optimist now because of my teams’ success in helping to solve so many of these complex cold cases.

    “[The concept] that every contact leaves a trace I now know to be absolutely true. The difficulty is usually in finding the traces in the first place.”

  • CHRISTIAN B WILL NEVER FACE TRIAL OVER DISAPPEARANCE, LAWYER CLAIMS

    Police are adamant that the convicted German paedophile is the culprit and insist they have “concrete evidence’’ Madeleine is dead.

    His lawyer Friedrich Fulscher has dismissed what cops say — causing fresh heartache for Madeleine’s parents Kate and Gerry.

    He said: “Where is the evidence?

    “Why has the prosecution not revealed it?

    “There won’t be a trial for my client for Madeleine McCann. I am certain.”

    He said if the case ever did get to trial, drifter Christian B would face the court “serenely and calmly . . . he has nothing to hide”.

  • MISSING FOR 13 YEARS

    Madeleine McCann was three when she disappeared while on holiday with her family in Praia da Luz, Portugal, on May 3 2007.

    German investigators have alleged that Christian B, 43, killed her soon after abducting her from a holiday apartment in the resort.

    That’s despite British police continuing to treat her vanishing as a missing persons probe.

    He is in jail in Germany for drug dealing, and is appealing against a conviction for the 2005 rape of a 72-year-old woman, also at Praia da Luz.

    The paedo is a suspect in a string of unsolved crimes, reportedly including an alleged attack on a 10-year-old British girl in the resort in 2005, one of a series of incidents where young girls were targeted.

    German prosecutor Hans Christian Wolters, who is leading the investigation into him, previously told the PA news agency that prosecutors have “concrete evidence”, but not “forensic evidence” that Madeleine was killed by the suspect.

    He said they may “know more” than Scotland Yard, who are still treating the case as a missing person investigation.

  • WHO WAS 11-YEAR-OLD CLAUDIA RUF?

    Claudia Ruf, 11, was found murdered and burned 40 miles from the German town of Grevenbroich.

    She had been kidnapped while walking a neighbour's dog.

    Cops were investigating a potential link to Christian B.

    However, DNA tests ruled him out earlier this month as a suspect in Claudia's murder.

    “After comparing the information obtained, it can be said that Christian B was not in Grevenbroich at the time of the crime in the case of Claudia Ruf,” a police spokesman today told Bild.

    “In addition, a DNA comparison is said to have been negative.”

  • MADDIE SUSPECT CLEARED OF 1996 RAPE

    THE prime suspect in the disappearance of Madeleine McCann has this week been cleared of involvement in the rape and murder of another young girl.

    Christian B had been a suspect in the 1996 killing of Claudia Ruf, 11, whose partly burned body was found 40 miles from the German town of Grevenbroich.

    She had been kidnapped while walking a neighbour's dog.

    Cops investigating a potential link to Christian B today confirmed DNA tests have ruled him out as a suspect in Claudia's murder.

  • WHERE ARE MADELEINE'S SISTERS NOW?

    MADELEINE McCann vanished from her family’s holiday apartment in Portugal in 2007 where she was sleeping alongside her twin siblings Sean and Amelie.

    Now aged 15, the twins have grown up without knowing their older sister who is still missing.

    Sean and Amelie live with parents Kate and Gerry at their home in the town of Loughborough in Leicestershire.

    They attend a Catholic secondary school the area which retains a place for their sister Madeleine, who would be aged 17 now, if she is ever found.

    The twins are both aspiring athletes and have competed in triathlons and country crossing racing.

  • 'NEVER GIVE UP', SAY PARENTS OF SNATCHED CHILD

    THE family of a girl who was reunited with her parents 18 years after she was snatched from her mum's arms have given Kate and Gerry McCann a message of hope.

    The dad of Kamiyah Mobley, who was a newborn when she was kidnapped in 1998, told the parents of missing toddler Madeleine: “Never give up”.

    Speaking to The Mirror devoted dad, Craig Aiken told Kate and Gerry: “We are bound together by the terrible crimes that befell our daughters.

    “Very few parents in the world are united by such an atrocious wrong.

    “But I have worn the shoes the Kate and Gerry now wear. I have walked the footsteps they now tread and I have come out the other side.”

  • BRIT MUM TELLS HOW SHE ESCAPED 'CHILLING' CHRISTIAN B

    A BRIT told how she escaped the clutches of the Madeleine McCann suspect when he stayed with her parents.

    Christian B targeted Angie Dawes soon after the girl vanished.

    She said: “It makes me sick to my stomach.”

    Terrified Angie, then 32, said the German creeped her out after suddenly arriving at her remote Portuguese village.

    She recalled: “I met him at my parents’ house. Even though he was polite, on every occasion he was weird.

    “He was memorable to look at. The blond hair with striking blue eyes.

    “But he would just stare at me in a sleazy way for a minute or two without saying a word and not release his gaze.

    “It was bizarre and made me feel very uncomfortable. His eyes chilled me to the bone.”

  • BOGUS MADDIE PICTURES

    Madeleine would have turned 17 on May 12, 2020.

    In April 2012, UK cops released a computer generated image of Madeleine showing what she would look like aged nine.

    In 2019 updated age progression images were uploaded on social media but Kate and Gerry said the images of Madeleine are bogus.

    Kate and Gerry warned the new fake images were neither “commissioned nor endorsed” by them or Scotland Yard’s Operation Grange team.

  • TRAVELLER 'SICK' AT THOUGHT OF LIFT WITH CHRISTIAN B

    A German traveller has said it makes him 'sick' to think that he travelled in Christian B's campervan.

    The man, known only as Tomas, is one of three travellers who features in footage shot in the van on March 30 2007, just five weeks before McCann disappeared from a holiday resort in Portugal.

    Christian B had agreed to give the group a lift from Portugal to Spain.

    “It makes me sick to think that the little girl could have been taken away in the same van a month later,” said Tomas.

    “He seemed like any other ordinary young man. He was cheerful and joked a lot and [was] happy to give us a ride in his VW van.

    “He didn't mind us filming him and taking his pictures. He was happy to pose and must have known we could never suspect what a terrible man he really was.”

  • FOOTAGE SHOWS CHRISTIAN B AT WHEEL OF CAMPERVAN

    Footage shows Christian B behind the wheel of a VW campervan just weeks before Madeleine McCann disappeared.

    The suspect is thought to have been living in a camper in Portugal's Praia de Luz around the time the three-year-old vanished from the resort in 2007.

    In the footage, he can be seen laughing as he is filmed by three German travellers he had offered to drive from Portugal to Spain.

    The clip has been dated to March 30 2007, just five weeks before Madeleine went missing.

    Watch the clip and read the full story here.

  • CHRISTIAN B'S CONVICTION APPEAL 'DASHED' BY EUROPEAN COURT

    Christian B's hopes of a successful appeal against his rape conviction have been dashed by Europe's highest court.

    The 43-year-old is currently serving a jail term in Germany for the rape of a woman in Portugal in 2005.

    He was extradited to Germany from Italy ahead of his conviction, and is appealing on the grounds that he was initially extradited to face unrelated drug trafficking charges.

    The German court considering the appeal sought guidance from the European Court of Justice.

    The Court delivered a non-binding opinion that German authorities should have gotten permission from Portugal for the rape charge, but that the appeal is unlikely to succeed because Christian B left Portugal voluntarily.

  • CHRISTIAN B WON'T EVER TALK TO POLICE, SAYS LAWYER

    Christian B won't ever co-operate with investigators, his lawyer has said.

    Speaking to the Sydney Morning Herald, Friedrich Fulsche said it was not for his client to defend himself, but for prosecutors to establish his guilt.

    “Before our client starts to co-operate with the prosecutor's office, you could order holy water as a long drink in hell,” he said.

    “That is not unusual. It is very normal not to talk to the police when you are suspected of committing a crime.

    “The prosecutor's office has to prove that a suspect has committed a crime, and not the suspect prove that he hasn't.”

  • DETECTIVES FOLLOW CLUES TO SOLVE THE CASE

    In June, detectives revealed key new evidence in the probe into the disappearance of  Madeleine McCann.

    New clues include a mystery phone call one hour before she was last seen and a camper van the prime suspect is believed to have been living in.

    Cops also took the the “really unusual” step of releasing two mobile phone numbers as part of the appeal to try to find Madeleine.

    The first, (+351) 912 730 680, is believed to have been used by the suspect.

    That number received a call from another Portuguese mobile, (+351) 916 510 683, while in the Praia da Luz area.

    Here's our report from June.

  • EX COP ASKS: IS THERE ENOUGH EVIDENCE?

    Prof Gallop believes that the mystery of what happened to little Madeleine will one day be solved.

    But in January, ex-detective Mark Williams-Thomas said he believes the case may be “unsolvable”.

    In book Hunting Killers, written before Christian B was identified as a key suspect, he said a “crucial” CCTV camera at the Portuguese resort where the McCann's were staying wasn't working.

    And he said: “I believe Madeleine was the victim of an opportunistic criminal whose act was random.”

    In June, he wrote for The Sun again – but reiterated that he doesn't currently believe there's enough evidence to secure a conviction.

  • 'MADELEINE'S PARENTS SHOULD HAVE CLOSURE'

    We recently blogged about Prof Angela Gallop, who says she's 'optimistic' that one day the case will be solved.

    She said it's important to continue fighting for the truth for Madeleine's mum and dad, Kate and Gerry McCann.

    “People’s freedom, and often their sense of justice, is at stake,” she said,

    “Also family feelings and if they have lost a loved one – there is the need to provide proper closure if at all possible.

    “All of these things you are well aware of, and I think it just drives you to do as well as you possibly can.

    “Stick at it and be as careful, innovative and accurate as you can – that’s what keeps you going.”

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