Madeleine McCann suspect’s ribs broken in cell as he’s seen in public for first time
Madeleine McCann prime suspect Christian Brueckner has reportedly broken two ribs in an incident as he was being taken to court today.
The convicted rapist and paedophile was taken to hospital in an ambulance after suffering the injuries as he was being taken to court for his first public appearance since he was named as a suspect in the disappearance of the British toddler.
The 43-year-old was due to appear before German judges to apply for parole in relation to a drugs case that he is involved in.
He is currently serving 21 months for drug-related offences and is eligible for release on January 6, having served two-thirds of his sentence.
He was driven from the German prison in Kiel to the courtroom in Braunschweig some 300km – roughly 186 miles – away for a hearing.
But before the behind closed doors session could start shortly after midday, he ended up being hospitalised and was taken in an ambulance with a blue light where it was later revealed he had apparently broken two ribs.
He had arrived more than an hour before his case was due to be heard, and was kept in a holding cell where the incident happened that resulted in him suffering broken ribs.
The ambulance arrived to take him to the hospital 40 minutes after he arrived.
Eyewitnesses report saying that a prison guard in the entrance greeted the medics telling them: “Somebody’s been rioting in there.”
He was in the emergency room for an hour before being led back to court with both handcuffs on his wrists and shackles on his feet and the hearing then continued some two hours late.
Court officials have refused to discuss the incident, saying that an investigation was underway.
Brueckner’s defence lawyer Friedrich Fuelscher, 36, was heard loudly arguing with prison guards about video footage of the incident from a camera watching the cell where he was being kept.
It is unclear what this has to do with the fact that he was injured or how he was injured.
Meanwhile, the Sun reports Mr Fuelscher claimed his client had been hurt by officials and he would be filing charges.
But the court insisted Brueckner had ”fallen over” while waiting in the cell downstairs, the paper reports.
Brueckner’s appearance in court was a surprise one today.
He was named by German police earlier this year as the prime suspect in Maddie’s abduction after mobile phone records placed him in Praia da Luz on the night she vanished.
No press or members of the public were allowed into the the Chamber of Penalties court today.
Brueckner is at the centre of series of complex legal issues.
He is currently serving the sentence in the north German city of Kiel for drug dealing which ends on January 7.
And he has been convicted of the rape of a pensioner in Praia da Luz two years before three-year-old Maddie went missing in 2007 – but he is appealing the seven year sentence.
Maike Block-Cavallaro, spokeswoman for the Braunschweig Regional court confirmed the hearing was about Brueckner’s sentence for drug trafficking.
No decision was made today.