Bombshell emails linking Christian Brueckner with Madeleine McCann’s ‘murder’ revealed by German FBI for first time

As the court learned today, criminal investigators have found an email account that links Christian Brueckner to the death of Madeleine McCann.

Detective Titus Stampa told the court that the German FBI had identified two email accounts linked to the pedophile.

However, he said he had no authority to discuss it because it was “related to the killing” of the toddler.

Maddie disappeared in 2007 in Praia da Luz on Portugal’s Algarve coast while on holiday with her parents Kate and Gerry from Rothley in Leicestershire.

Brueckner used the second account to share disgusting images of child sexual abuse with other online perverts, the court learned.

But incredibly, all messages from the first half of 2007 – the time when Maddie disappeared – were deleted.

Detective Stampa refused to confirm whether the “murder” report contained any “photographs.”

However, he said that investigators were also in possession of a hard drive that was related to the “murder,” but that he was not allowed to provide any information about it.

The investigator said in court: “An external hard drive is also part of the murder – and I am not allowed to talk about that.”

When asked about the account used to share child sexual abuse images, Detective Stampa said, “I seem to recall things being ‘bulk deleted’ in the inbox.”

“There was nothing left in there from January 2007.”

The revelation provided the first glimpse of the physical evidence that led German investigators to believe Brueckner kidnapped and killed Maddie.

Prosecutors have publicly stated their beliefs and presented evidence, but have refused to disclose what form it takes.

This became clear after Brueckner thought of his lawyer with a smug grin and an arrogant fist salute as he entered the courtroom on Wednesday.

The key witness in the Maddie case, Helge Busching, testified in court that he waited until 2017 to report Brueckner because he “did not trust” the Portuguese police.

When asked about the videos of Brueckner’s sexual torture that he had discovered, Busching replied that he was afraid that Portuguese officials had thrown them in the trash.

Mr Busching said: “I did not send them anonymously to the police in Portugal because I did not trust the Portuguese police.

“They would have thrown them away. They wouldn’t have known what to do with them and they would have thrown them away.”

Previously, a policewoman who lived next to Brueckner’s abandoned factory hideout in Germany had testified in court that she had had such a “bad feeling” about him that she had started privately recording his comings and goings.

The 47-year-old police officer Katharina Schmidt told the Braunschweig Regional Court that she and her 40-year-old partner Steve Meyer had lived next to Brueckner’s former cardboard factory site – and had given the police a tip-off about his hiding place.

Last month, during his trial, a Metropolitan Police officer told the court about the moment he took the call that “solved” the Maddie mystery.

DC Mark Draycott told magistrates in Germany that on May 18, 2017, he listened to a prowler’s sensational voicemail naming Brueckner as the man who had kidnapped the toddler.

The police officer said: “I called the number and spoke to a man who I now know is Helge Busching.

“He provided information related to the investigation into the Madeleine McCann case.”

The Scotland Yard police officer recounted how he travelled to Greece to interview the key witness – and later brought him to the UK to give an official statement.

Witness Busching had previously testified that during a conversation about Maddie, Brueckner blurted out the statement: “She didn’t scream.”

However, when asked what evidence the police had that the rapist had kidnapped and killed Madeleine, the British police officer refused to answer.

He said, “I can’t talk about it. I don’t have permission to talk about it.”

Meanwhile, the convicted pedophile used his rape trial to complain that he was not getting enough money in prison.

He complained that he only got one slice and was only served toast.

His lawyer also claimed that Brueckner “had not been able to shower for three days” – and that the water in the showers in the courthouse was cold.

Irish tour guide Hazel Behan testified against him in May.

The court heard that the 40-year-old knew that Brueckner was the man who had raped her because of his “piercing blue eyes”.

Ms Behan recognised him in photographs released when he was linked to Maddie’s disappearance.

She claims that in 2004, Brueckner tied her up – wearing a mask – and raped her three times after climbing onto her balcony, also in the Algarve.

Mrs Behan, from Dublin, told the court in Braunschweig: “I remember that he had piercing blue eyes. That’s how I recognised him in the newspaper.”

“When I saw his eyes, I felt sick.”

She added: “I remember he had the most piercing blue eyes – I don’t know if it was because he was dressed all in black, but I remember they stood out.”

The mother of three, who waived her anonymity, cried as she gave her testimony – which is seen as crucial to keeping Brueckner behind bars so he can face charges in the Maddie case.

She reported that she reported the attack to the police, but that plainclothes police officers followed her with instructions to find out if she was “a slut.”

They also told her to “go home” to Ireland because she could ruin the resort’s tourism reputation and threatened her friends that they could “lose their jobs”.

Judge Ute Insa Engemann forced Brueckner to allow her to look him closely in the eyes – to see if they matched Ms. Behan’s description.

This article originally appeared in The Sun and has been reproduced with permission

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