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Child killer Martin Ney ‘to be questioned for a second time over Madeleine McCann’s disappearance’

German child killer Martin Ney is set to be questioned for a second time over Madeleine McCann‘s disappearance. 

The 49-year-old man, who was jailed for life in 2012 for abducting and murdering three young children and abusing many more, has been extradited from France to be pulled in for questioning again. 

After reviewing the evidence into Madeleine’s disappearance, Scotland Yard suggested interviewing him again, TV station RTL claimed.   

According to The Sun, the convicted triple murderer was interviewed back in 2007 after a man was seen near the apartment in Praia da Luz, Portugal, where the three-year-old girl went missing. Ney was said to fit the description.

Child killer Martin Ney (pictured), who is serving life in prison for the murder of three boys aged between eight and 13, is to be questioned again over the disappearance of Madeleine McCann in 2007

The convicted triple murderer was interviewed back in 2007 after three-year-old Madeleine McCann (pictured) disappeared from an apartment in Praia da Luz, Portugal

The convicted triple murderer was interviewed back in 2007 after three-year-old Madeleine McCann (pictured) disappeared from an apartment in Praia da Luz, Portugal

The German sex fiend is currently serving a life sentence for the murder of three boys.

The killer, known as the ‘masked man’, was reportedly known to haunt the Algarve and travelled throughout Portugal in the 1990s.

He revealed in chatroom messages, under the username GerdX, he had dressed in camouflage to jump out of bushes, ‘in children’s playgrounds if a beautiful boy goes past,’ The Sun reported.

He also wore masks, balaclavas and replied ‘yes’ when one girl awoke from a nap and asked if he was her daddy.

Ney was jailed for killing Stefan Jahr, 13, in 1992, Dennis Rostel, eight, in 1995, and Dennis Klein, nine, in 2001.

His known victims are all boys, but experts claim gender is often unimportant for paedophiles.

Ney is believed to have leapt out at children from behind bushes wearing a mask and dressed all in black (photofit pictured)

Ney is believed to have leapt out at children from behind bushes wearing a mask and dressed all in black (photofit pictured)

Ney was interviewed over Madeleine McCann's disappearance in 2007 after he was believed to match a previously issued suspect's photofit (pictured)

Ney was interviewed over Madeleine McCann’s disappearance in 2007 after he was believed to match a previously issued suspect’s photofit (pictured)

A general view of the hotel building where Madeleine McCann disappeared from in 2007

A general view of the hotel building where Madeleine McCann disappeared from in 2007

Ney was interviewed in 2007 following Madeleine's (pictured) disappearance and has been extradited to France again for questioning

Ney was interviewed in 2007 following Madeleine’s (pictured) disappearance and has been extradited to France again for questioning

It was reported in 2018 that Ney confessed a fourth killing to a cellmate, that of 10-year-old French school boy Jonathan Coulom, who was kidnapped and killed from a holiday camp in Saint-Brevin-les-Pins in 2004. This has not resulted in a charge.

He was also investigated over the disappearance of German boy Renee Hasse in Aljezur, Portugal, in 1996, but never charged.

He is known to have finished his teacher training aged 21 before travelling to Ecuador in 1993, Peru in 1995 and Portugal a year later. He was jailed in 2012 after a wide scale police operation.

Ney denies he had any involvement in Madeleine’s disappearance. 

While in Nantes he is set to be asked about the murder of a ten-year-old boy in 2004. 

Scotland Yard last month confirmed it has no plans to end its missing person investigation into Madeleine’s disappearance, despite the belief of German prosecutors that she was murdered. 

In June last year German national Christian Brueckner, 44, was identified as a suspect in the Madeleine investigation.

In June last year German national Christian Brueckner, 44, (pictured) was identified as a suspect in the Madeleine investigation

In June last year German national Christian Brueckner, 44, (pictured) was identified as a suspect in the Madeleine investigation 

Earlier this month German police investigating the disappearance were reportedly set to interview witnesses who knew suspect Christian Brueckner.

It is hoped that interviews with a number of people in the Algarve who knew main suspect Brueckner, 43, could help snare the paedophile, the Mirror reports.

Experts see the new interviews as a step forward in the investigation and are hopeful they will lead to Brueckner himself being questioned and possibly charged.  

Brueckner was told last November that he will remain behind bars until 2026, after losing a bid to overturn a rape conviction.

He was last year found guilty of the 2005 rape of a 72-year-old American woman in the same Portuguese resort and sentenced to seven years in a Hanover jail, at a court in Brunswick, Lower Saxony.


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