The changing face of Madeleine McCann suspect: Mugshots show Christian Brueckner a decade apart

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The changing face of Madeleine McCann suspect: Mugshots show Christian Brueckner on release from jail for molesting a six-year-old girl and a decade later after he had tortured and raped woman, 72, in Portugal

  • EXCLUSIVE: First picture was taken in 1996 after Brueckner, 19, left jail
  • He soon afterwards moved to Praia da Luz, where Madeleine went missing  
  • Second picture was taken in 2006 when he was arrested for stealing in Portugal 

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Two pictures which show the changes in the face of Madeleine McCann suspect Christian Brueckner can be revealed by MailOnline.

The first picture was taken in 1996 shortly after Brueckner, who was then 19, had been released from jail in his native Germany for molesting a six-year-old girl.

He fled his homeland soon afterwards to begin his reign of terror - robbery, burglary and rape - in the holiday resorts of the Algarve coast, including Praia da Luz.

The second picture was taken early in 2006, when he was 29, after he was arrested for stealing diesel from commercial trucks in Portugal.   

Both photos of Brueckner emerged from court papers in Portugal concerning his arrest and imprisonment in 2006 for stealing fuel. 

The changing face of Madeleine McCann suspect: Mugshots show Christian Brueckner a decade apart

Christian Brueckner is pictured as a 19-year-old in 1996 (left), upon leaving prison for molesting a six-year-old, and a decade later in 2006 (right) after he was arrested for stealing diesel from commercial trucks in Portugal

The year before Brueckner had tortured and raped a 72-year-old American tourist at her home in Praia da Luz.

The German filmed the attack and kept a copy of the recording.

The second picture was taken almost a year to the day before British youngster Madeleine McCann disappeared from the apartment in Praia da Luz where she was on holiday with her parents.

The changing face of Madeleine McCann suspect: Mugshots show Christian Brueckner a decade apart The changing face of Madeleine McCann suspect: Mugshots show Christian Brueckner a decade apart

Brueckner fled his homeland soon after 1996 to begin his reign of terror - robbery, burglary and rape - in the holiday resorts of the Algarve coast, including Praia da Luz where Madeleine went missing in 2007 (left).

He is now the prime suspect in her disappearance (recent picture, right)

On May 3, 2007 Brueckner was living in a run-down farm house on the edge of the village with his former cell-mate, Austrian drifter Michael Tatschl.

Phone records have revealed that the German, who has been linked with a growing number of sex attacks across Europe, was at the resort on the night that Madeleine disappeared.

Austrian carpenter Tatschl has now revealed he believes that his former friend and cell-mate is guilty of the kidnapping the three-year-old and selling her to a paedophile ring.

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