Hazel Behan thinks her attacker may
have been Christian B, the main suspect in the disappearance of Madeleine
investigation into the unsolved rape of an Irish woman after 16 years.
may have been drifter Christian B, the main suspect in the disappearance of
year after Ms Behan was attacked and two years before Madeleine vanished.
own archived case files from the court in Portimao to see if they could build a
case against the suspect.
vital forensic evidence with potential DNA was destroyed on the orders of a
judge, a common practice in Portuguese cases where no suspect is identified.
who arrived in Praia da Rocha on the Algarve coast in April 2004.
the balcony to her apartment and attacked her as she slept in the early hours.
her up and gagged her, then raped her repeatedly.
kill her and left her bleeding before fleeing over the balcony.
Christian B was named as the main suspect in the Madeleine case – and Ms Behan
read about his conviction for raping an American woman in strikingly similar
circumstances – she contacted the Scotland Yard Madeleine squad.
the tactics and the methods he used, the tools he had with him, how well he had
planned it out.
as reading about it took me right back to my experience.”
Ms Behan and later told her they had contacted Portuguese police. It appears
that has prompted the reopening of her case.
the Portuguese detectives, who abandoned their investigation after eight months
without identifying a suspect.
white, slim, with blonde hair, blue eyes and possibly German.
detectives were unable to find anyone in their records who matched the
description, but that was wrong.
five years before Ms Behan was raped, after he was arrested and deported to
Germany for child sex crimes.
Christian B for Ms Behan’s attack it is unlikely he would be charged as
Portugal has a 15-year statute of limitations on rape investigations.