Germany/Portugal - Christian Brueckner, 27 @ time of 1st crime (2004), charged with sexual assault crimes, Praia de Rocha, Portugal. #3

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Christian B. case: Does ex-BKA employee blow up the process?

Braunschweig. With her knowledge of the inner workings of the elite police department, she has already caused a scandal. Defense attorneys want her as a witness.
 
The olive story which is basically from last week, the relevant bit.

The trial continues today with the Judge from the Diana Menkes case being cross-examined, before other child victims of Brueckner’s in Portugal are expected to give evidence.


 

Google translate.

Now the Maddie case officially plays a role in the trial against Christian Brückner (47)!

The punished child molester is currently standing for three rapes and two cases of child sexual abuse before the Braunschweig Regional Court. The public prosecutor also believes that Brückner was the small one in Portugal in 2007 Maddie McCann (then 3) kidnapped and murdered. He is not (yet) accused of this.
So far, the court has avoided making too many references to the Maddie case. Finally, the disappearance of the British girl from his parents' holiday apartment on 3. May 2007 not part of the procedure.

But now a man is supposed to testify as a witness who knows the Maddie case like no one else: Mark Draycott, Detective Constable at Scotland Yard.

The Crazy One: Brückner's defenders have asked to hear the British policeman as a witness. To relieve the accused, who is the only suspect in the Maddie case!

In 2011, Scotland Yard took over the missing person investigation. Draycott was the central investigator of the „ Operation Grange “. In 2017, witness Helge B. ( 52 ) reported to Scotland Yard: He had important information about the Maddie case. Draycott is said to have been one of the officials who traveled to Athens to interview Helge B.

Scotland Yard passed the information on to the BKA, which, together with the Polícia Judiciária in Portugal, was looking for unresolved rape cases in which the perpetrator operated similarly. They found what happened in 2004 when the American Diana M. (then 72) was raped in her house in Praia da Luz. Brückner's hair was found on the archived asses. In 2019 he was sentenced to seven years in prison for this act.

But the testimony of witness Helge B. drew further circles.

The witness stated that Brückner had confessed to the murder of Maddie. At a music festival in Spain, the men talked about the case, Brückner claimed that the girl did not scream „ when he was kidnapped. “

And the witness put something else on record: in 2006 he stolen video cassettes from Brückner's house in Portugal, which showed how Brückner raped masked women. A statement that triggered a series of investigations and now the second process.
Because the defense around Dr. Friedrich Fülscher (39) believes that Helge B. has changed his version of the video remaining in various statements and interviews, The Maddie-Cop from England should now be interviewed: What exactly did Helge B. tell him in 2017 during the survey in Athens?
The exciting question that hovers over everything: Will DC Mark Draycott also have to testify about what the investigators have in hand with Christian Brückner in the Maddie case?

The policeman is said to. May testify.
 
The Sun are running with it.

Madeleine McCann case summoned to DEFEND prime suspect Christian Brueckner in court shock​

Key witness Helge Busching said not reporting Brueckner to the police sooner after Maddie vanished had been the 'biggest failure' of his life


 
Anyone get in the Olive Press article , has NF spoken today ? As that’s her in the OP photo . TIA
 
Anyone get in the Olive Press article , has NF spoken today ? As that’s her in the OP photo . TIA
It is NF in photo, and is mentioned in the OP article.. but goes onto say it was MF ( older former ladyfriend) who testified recently..
 
It is NF in photo, and is mentioned in the OP article.. but goes onto say it was MF ( older former ladyfriend) who testified recently..
Not sure on that.

I got the feeling that he already had a little girl in the house!” she exclaimed to the court on Day Ten of his trial over five sex offences, including three rapes and two child abuse offences, last Friday.
 
Not sure on that.

I got the feeling that he already had a little girl in the house!” she exclaimed to the court on Day Ten of his trial over five sex offences, including three rapes and two child abuse offences, last Friday.
Never mind - I see it is Day 10...
:)
 
The judge at the 2019 trial testified?
We seem to be missing a great deal of information from the on going trial making it exceedingly difficult to assess exactly what is taking place.

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In the rape trial against C B., who has a criminal record, the judge who sentenced the defendant to seven years in prison in 2019 was heard as a witness. At the time, she perceived the men who were considered as witnesses for the prosecution in the current proceedings as authentic, said the 64-year-old on Wednesday in the Braunschweig Regional Court. It was only through the testimony of a now 53-year-old man about videos on which he recognized Christian B. that investigators became aware of the then 72-year-old victim from the USA.
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Their criminal chamber in Braunschweig at the time convicted the 47-year-old German because a hair of his had been found in the victim's bed.

According to the judge, the statements about videos with rape scenes were only significant because of the similarities in the crime. In the current trial, the video scenes described are accused of rape, although the women involved could not be identified and the videos have disappeared.

The defendant is accused of an attack on a 20-year-old woman from Ireland, also in Portugal, as the third rape. The Irishwoman is expected to testify in May. She is also said to have recognized similarities to the assault on herself in the reporting of alleged acts.
Her testimony in Braunschweig is expected in mid-May.
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However, the MM case is not the subject of the current trial.
Overall, the presumption of innocence applies.
B. remains silent during the trial.
His defense attorneys had announced at the beginning that, in their view, their client would ultimately be acquitted of all the accused acts. They also expressed doubts about the final verdict of the now retired judge.
 
I still think CB will be convicted on the rapes from the video tapes, and the reason is that given by the Judge. (Which he also stated in the 2019 trial).

There is no way the two men could have invented assaults with such similarities before they could have learned about the DM rape. I think the judge is correct that they must have seen rapes.

The only question in my mind is legal. Can you convict CB with unknown victims? Is this definitive enough?
 
yes he did saying that in the original trial HB did not say that the tapes were date stamped with 2005 so...possibly its beyond the boundaries they can prosecute

I think in the 2019 trial, there is also a different burden of proof.

The viewing of the tapes was just an evidential, corroborating factor. Each piece of evidence does not have to be proven beyond reasonable doubt - the judge merely had to accept the evidence of the two men, together with the forensic evidence.

In this 2024 case, the rape of each of the victims must be proven to the higher criminal standard. Can that tough standard be met when its not clear they even saw the same things and there is no other corroborating evidence?
 
I think in the 2019 trial, there is also a different burden of proof.

The viewing of the tapes was just an evidential, corroborating factor. Each piece of evidence does not have to be proven beyond reasonable doubt - the judge merely had to accept the evidence of the two men, together with the forensic evidence.

In this 2024 case, the rape of each of the victims must be proven to the higher criminal standard. Can that tough standard be met when its not clear they even saw the same things and there is no other corroborating evidence?

Makes sense what you are saying , the hair found at the scene corroborated HeB and MS statements but the video evidence remained unpunished . We now have independent witnesses who have seen a video camera and tapes . Also we have a written letter from CB asking his then girlfriend to remove above items and more before the Police find them. We are yet to hear from HB who alleges CB filmed the assault and despite wearing a mask would recognise his voice if she heard it , maybe that has been tested by the BKA .
 
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yes he did saying that in the original trial HB did not say that the tapes were date stamped with 2005 so...possibly its beyond the boundaries they can prosecute
Without the actual videos themselves I don’t think the prosecution can call it and hence the wide time frame. HeB may indeed be right but it’s not conclusive without the videos or victims.
 
I still think CB will be convicted on the rapes from the video tapes, and the reason is that given by the Judge. (Which he also stated in the 2019 trial).

There is no way the two men could have invented assaults with such similarities before they could have learned about the DM rape. I think the judge is correct that they must have seen rapes.

The only question in my mind is legal. Can you convict CB with unknown victims? Is this definitive enough?

Agree re the unknown elderly woman but struggling to see how a conviction is possible in the 14yr old assault case, in that, unlike the former, her assault/rape doesn't come with the same 'back-up'.
 
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Braunschweig. Braunschweig's prosecutor accuses the 47-year-old of rape and sexual abuse. That's how the process works.

This is quite likely process in Braunschweig, which is triggering the greatest media coverage this year: Christian B. is the main suspect of the prosecutor in the Madeleine McCann – case and has therefore been in focus since 2020. But he now stands before the Braunschweig district court because he charged with various sexual offenses is.

The juvenile criminal division of the district court scheduled 29 days of trial for the trial by the end of June. Our newspaper accompanies the action in court. In this overview you can read in chronological order everything that has so far happened in room 141. For detailed information, click on the individually linked reports.

The next process day will take place on the 26th. April.


Christian B. in front of the Braunschweig Regional Court – a chronology​

  • 24. April 2024: 2019 still a judge in Braunschweig, today on the witness stand: On the eleventh day of the trial, the interviewed 64-year-old today, which Christian B. sentenced to a prison sentence a few years ago – for the rape of a 72-year-old American in Portugal. Even then, the now important video sequences of the alleged rape were the subject of the court.
  • 19th. April 2024: The next woman who had a relationship with Christian B. testified. It describes the nearly one and a half years of long-distance relationship.
  • 17th. April 2024: A witness from the Hanover region who met Christian B. in Braunschweig in 2013 is invited for the ninth day of the process. It later came out: B. abused her daughter, in 2017 he was convicted. Today the prosecutor is interested in, what B. told her back then. An emigrant couple also has their say: Did you take over a caravan from Leniency Notice Helge B., even know it? The credibility of Helge B. is central to the process, is massively questioned by the defense.
  • 12. April 2024: On the eighth day of the trial, a suspected victim has his say for the first time: the eleven-year-old who is said to have masturbated before Christian B. The 18-year-old today and the father will be switched from Portugal to the Braunschweig district court.
  • 10. April 2024: Although this process is not about the Madeleine McCann case, the family's former private investigator speaks to the Braunschweig Regional Court on the seventh day of the trial. He had that to say about the statements of Helge B.. A witness Christian B. met on vacation in Portugal in 2003 is also interviewed – and stayed in his finca.
  • 5. April 2024: On the sixth day of the process, Michael T. testified. He was an accomplice of B., lived with the accused and was in prison with him. Now he is a witness.
  • 3rd. April 2024: On the fifth day of the process, it is the turn of the main witnesses Helge B.: Similar to Manfred S., he describes the Videos with rape scenes, who they want to have found in Christian B.'s finca.
  • 14. March 2024: On the fourth day of the process, the second witness is heard by video. He tells of his Acquaintance of Christian B. and CDs with pornographic content. The defense later makes an application, To gain access to all investigation files against Christian B. – also in the Madeleine McCann case. It is already clear that the process will probably not end in June, but will take longer.
  • 1. March 2024: On the third day of the trial, the first witness of the public prosecutor's office is heard: Manfred S. is one of those who is said to have seen two rape scenes on video. He recognized Christian B. on it, he said to the Braunschweig Regional Court. He had this met in Portugal.
  • 23. February 2024: On the second day of the trial, the charges are read out – 30 minutes this takes. Christian B. does not speak, but his lawyer: he sprinkles massive doubts about the truthfulness of all important testimonies, and also announces an ex-BKA employee as a witness. This have of a conspiracy by the Federal Criminal Police Office against B. reported.
  • 21. February 2024: Friedrich Fülscher, head of defense of Christian B., talks to our newspaper about the start of the process, the establishment of the defense team, English boulevard journalists – and his clients.
  • 20th. February 2024: The district court excludes the lay judge as expected. The 2nd. Criminal Court declared the defense's application to be well founded „ because there were doubts about the legal nature and legal loyalty of the honorary judge “.
  • 16. February 2024: The first day of the trial before the regional court in Braunschweig begins and ends turbulently. The great interest of the press and viewers delays the start of the negotiation. In addition, the official part ends after a few minutes – through a bias application by the defendant's defense. Years ago, a lay judge is said to have called on X (formerly Twitter) to kill Brazil's ex-president Jair Bolsonaro. The Chamber interrupts the negotiation Schöffin from the municipality of Liebenburg is expected to be replaced.
 
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