Inside Madeleine McCann suspect's cell where he spends 23 hours a day

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Inside Madeleine McCann suspect's cell where he spends 23 hours a day

New details have emerged about life inside prison for the prime suspect in the Madeleine McCann murder case.

Christian Brueckner spends 23 hours a day in his cell and is only allowed outside once a day – and he cannot mix with other prisoners.

The 43-year-old sex offender reportedly has a TV in his room and large legal documents on his shelves.

A sketch by Brueckner, obtained by newspaper Bild, shows a bed, desk and shelving unit in the tiny room, which are all fixed to the floor.

Trial records and mail are seen on the shelves in the black and white sketch, while curtains hang in front of the window.

Brueckner is currently serving a seven year sentence at Kiel prison in northern Germany.

He was convicted in 2013 of sexually assaulting the daughter of a former girlfriend, it emerged last month, and has also been found guilty of raping a pensioner on a Portuguese beach.

Brueckner is only allowed outside for one hour a day, and has to be alone in the yard.

Since he was linked to Madeleine’s murder, Brueckner has been ostracised from other prisoners, it is claimed.

The only people he has contact with are wardens and the prisoner who distributes food – stew on Monday, fish on Thursdays and a roast dinner on Sundays.

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Brueckner is reported to have a TV in his room, but this is not visible in the picture.

He is said to have previously complained about the cramped conditions and asked for more space, but this was rejected.

Brueckner lived 15 minutes from the complex where Madeleine vanished in 2007 in Praia da Luz, aged three.

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Brueckner’s lawyer, Friedrich Fülscher, has previously insisted that his client “is innocent.” 

Speaking in Germany, Fülscher said Brueckner had nothing to do with Maddie’s abduction and claimed he was the victim of a miscarriage of justice.

The Metropolitan Police maintain their active investigation into Madeleine’s disappearance, Operation Grange, is a missing person inquiry as there is no “definitive evidence whether Madeleine is alive or dead”.

In July, German police were pictured searching an allotment close to Brueckner’s home.

Prosecutors claim he was close to the Ocean Club complex in Praia da Luz, Portugal, about an hour before Madeleine is suspected to have been snatched by an intruder.

Madeleine vanished on the night of May 3, 2007 just days before her fourth birthday, while on holiday with her family, from Rothley, Leicestershire.

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Brueckner, who raped a 72-year-old woman in the Algarve, was named as the prime suspect in June.

He is believed to have returned to his native Germany shortly after the British toddler vanished.

Prosecutor Hans Christian Wolters said investigators believe Madeleine is dead, but her body has not been found.

Police have said they do not have enough evidence to charge Brueckner in connection with Madeleine’s disappearance.

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