A former girlfriend of the man suspected of abducting Madeleine McCann has described her shock at discovering that she slept with him in a campervan police believe he may have used to kidnap the youngster.
In an interview with The Mail on Sunday, Nuray Oezgen told how Christian Brueckner took her to the yellow and white Volkswagen T3 Westfalia van at a local park which he described as his ‘house’.
‘It was the same campervan that appeared in the media when they said Brueckner was a suspect,’ said Ms Oezgen.
‘He used to sleep inside. At the time, I just thought he was very poor. I sometimes stayed at night in the campervan with him.’
The 52-year-old dated Brueckner, a lifelong criminal with convictions for rape and child sex offences, for three months before they split over what she says was his growing obsession with young women who he would take to swingers’ parties.
In an interview with The Mail on Sunday, Nuray Oezgen, 52, described her shock at discovering that she slept with him in a campervan police believe he may have used to kidnap the youngster
Ms Oezgen – the first of Brueckner’s former girlfriends to speak on the record – was twice interviewed by the Bundeskriminalamt, the German equivalent of the FBI, as part of the Madeleine inquiry before his name was made public by the authorities. She believes her former lover is capable of committing the crime.
‘I believe it is possible because Brueckner had two sides, two faces,’ she said. ‘He had a nasty and aggressive side to him.’
Madeleine, then aged three, vanished from a holiday apartment in the Portuguese resort of Praia da Luz in May 2007 as her parents, Kate and Gerry McCann, dined nearby with friends.
German prosecutors appealed last May for information about Brueckner, who spent long periods in the Algarve in the 1990s.
They released photographs of the campervan which the 44-year-old had been driving at the time and which may have been used during Madeleine’s kidnap.
The couple split over what she describes was his ‘growing obsession’ with young women who he took to swinger parties. Pictured: Christian Brueckner
The vehicle is thought to have been sold in the Algarve in 2015, and was recovered by German police.
Ms Oezgen met Brueckner, now serving a seven-year jail term for the 2005 rape of a pensioner in Praia da Luz, in the German city of Hanover in 2012.
He was working as a mechanic at a garage owned by her uncle and he began drinking at a bar called Debakel where she was a barmaid.
Brueckner charmed her with stories about his travels across Europe and they began a relationship, eventually renting a kiosk selling drinks and snacks and the neighbouring flat in Braunschweig, 40 miles east of Hanover.
After moving there, Brueckner’s behaviour became aggressive and he began drinking heavily and taking and dealing cannabis, said Ms Oezgen, who now lives near Berlin.
‘I would sit at the kiosk all day and he would be out drinking beer and Jagermeister with friends.
Madeleine, then aged three, vanished from a holiday apartment in the Portuguese resort of Praia da Luz in May 2007 as her parents, Kate and Gerry McCann, dined nearby with friends
‘They would come back and get drunk all night,’ she said.
‘He started taking interest in young girls, schoolgirls, who used to come to the kiosk before they went to school. I did not like that.
‘He also started going to swingers’ clubs with friends and some young Croatian girls.’
Her testimony chimes with that given to the MoS last year by Peter Erdmann, a former caretaker who recalled how Brueckner would shower youngsters with toys as they walked to a school barely 100 yards from the kiosk.
‘At the time, I did not think anything of it… It turns my stomach now to think of his intention,’ he said.
In an interview with The Mail on Sunday, Nuray Oezgen told how Christian Brueckner took her to the yellow and white Volkswagen T3 Westfalia van at a local park which he described as his ‘house’
Ms Oezgen said she finally left Brueckner when it became clear he was in a sexual relationship with a local teenager he would bring back to their flat.
Brueckner, originally from the Bavarian city of Wurzburg, fled Germany for the Algarve in the 1990s after being charged with molesting a young girl.
German police say mobile phone records place him close to the Ocean Club apartments where the McCanns were staying on the night she vanished.
Brueckner’s lawyers firmly deny he had any involvement in her disappearance.
The MoS revealed last year that Brueckner was given a 15-month sentence for sexually abusing the five-year-old daughter of a 35-year-old woman he began dating in Braunschweig in 2014.
After the mother of the girl, who closely resembles Madeleine, called police, officers recovered almost 400 child abuse images from his camera.