Christian B: Madeleine McCann suspect beat rape victim and attacked woman while wearing ski mask, court hears | World News
The prime suspect in the disappearance of Madeleine McCann raped a woman while wearing a ski mask and beat another rape victim with a whip, a court has heard.
Christian B – whose surname cannot be published due to the country’s privacy laws – faces three counts of rape and two of sexual abuse at his trial in the northern city of Braunschweig.
The 47-year-old German is alleged to have committed the offences in Portugal between 2000 and 2017. The allegations do not relate to the disappearance of Madeleine McCann in 2007.
He is accused of raping and beating a 70 to 80-year-old woman, after entering her bedroom wearing a ski mask. He also allegedly held a cushion over the woman’s face before leaving.
Under another charge, it’s said Christian B allegedly woke up a 20-year-old from Ireland as she slept, before raping her at her flat in Portugal in June 2004. In the same alleged attack, he is accused of gagging the woman and beating her.
Other charges facing Christian B include:
- Beating and sexually assaulting a girl aged at least 14 sometime between December 2000 and April 2006 at his house in Praia da Luz, Portugal
- Exposing himself to a 10-year-old German girl at a beach in Salema in the district of Faro in Portugal on 7 April 2007
- Exposing himself to an 11-year-old Portuguese girl at a playground in Bartolomeu de Messines in Portugal on 11 June 2017
During the hearing, Christian B’s lawyer said the defendant “is using his right to remain silent”.
His defence lawyer said he expects his client to be acquitted, dismissing the evidence as “abysmal”.
There are no formal pleas in the German legal system, and defendants are not obliged to respond to the charges.
Christian B is currently serving a seven-year prison sentence for the 2005 rape of a 72-year-old in Praia da Luz, the same town where Madeleine disappeared.
He has not been charged in the McCann case and denies involvement, but has been under investigation for the last few years.
Madeleine was three when she went missing on holiday in Portugal in May 2007.
In May last year, German and Portuguese police searched a nearby reservoir that Christian B used to call his “paradise”.
His trial opened a week ago but was swiftly adjourned on its first day after Mr Fulscher filed a challenge against a lay judge on the panel hearing the case, who was alleged once to have spread a call to kill former Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro on social media.
Prosecutors supported the challenge.
The woman has been removed from the case and now faces an investigation herself on suspicion of making a public call to commit crimes.
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The trial is expected to last four months.