Man who exposed Jimmy Savile thinks Madeleine McCann’s kidnapper is ‘absolutely’ still out there
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The man who exposed Jimmy Savile thinks Madeleine McCann’s kidnapper is ‘absolutely’ still out there.
Christian Brueckner, who is currently serving a seven-year sentence for the rape of a 72-year-old woman in 2005, was officially named as a suspect by Portuguese authorities in the notorious disappearance case back in April.
However, investigative journalist Mark Williams-Thomas has suggested the evidence brought forward by the German prosecutor against the suspect is 'not true'.
Williams-Thomas is the criminologist and former police detective who exposed Savile's sickening crimes in the 2012 ITV documentary The Other Side of Jimmy Savile.
He continues to work on major crime cases, and more recently appeared in the Channel 5 documentary Madeleine McCann: The Case Against Christian B, in which he said he doesn't believe Brueckner was involved in McCann's disappearance.
In a recent interview with broadcaster Dan Wootton, Williams-Thomas explained: "The whole public I think have been fed a story from the prosecutor in Germany that Christian B is the man responsible."
He went on to say that the evidence is built around a significant telephone number which the prosecutor believes Brueckner was using the night McCann vanished, and that it was used right outside of the family's apartment at Praia da Luz in Portugal.
However, Williams-Thomas said he and his investigative team found that the number can only be placed up to 32km away from the apartment.
"But more significantly, we have now shown that that telephone number that they believe Christian B was using on the night is actually belonging to somebody else," he added.
"And they cannot place him on the night using that telephone number.
"So unfortunately, the evidence that has been put into public domain by the German prosecutor - and I'll give him some benefit, there may be a language barrier - is not true."
The heroic journalist said that he had gone into the investigation assuming Brueckner was 'probably the offender', but after looking into the evidence they realised it 'wasn't stacking up'.
He also said Brueckner gave him a solid alibi which you can see in the clip above, adding: "And the problem is, if you focus solely on him, the real abductor and killer has got free."
When asked by Wootton whether he thinks the killer is still out there, Williams-Thomas replied, "Absolutely - there is not enough evidence."
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