The prime suspect in Madeleine McCann's disappearance says his life in a German prison is "torture".
Christian Brueckner, currently serving a jail term in Germany for the rape of a 72-year-old American tourist, says he fears being killed by other lags now they know he’s the prime suspect in the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.
Brueckner has also complained about his nice pens being confiscated by guards and says he is distressed because he doesn't have creamer for his coffee.
He is being held in Oldenburg prison near Bremen after being found guilty of the sex offence in in Praia da Luz on the Algarve.
German prosecutors say they believe he's responsible for Madeleine’s 2007 disappearance but have been unable to gather enough evidence to charge him.
Brueckner’s seven-year sentence for the Algarve rape will come to an end in 2024.
But he’s sent a lengthy letter to the German Ministry of Justice detailing the various problems he’s having behind bars.
Alongside concerns that he might be targeted by the other prisoners, the convicted sex offender is unhappy about having to buy his own pens from the prison shop and distressed by a lack of coffee creamer.
He says he had some nice pens of his own but they had been confiscated by prison guards because they were a potential "safety hazard”.
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But his biggest problem, he revealed in a letter obtained by German magazine Bild, was that since a documentary about Madeleine’s disappearance had been shown on TV other prisoners in Oldenburg had been threatening him.
In the rambling 14-page letter, Brueckner said he had become the target of “insults and death threats” since the documentary aired.
“I am [being forced] to isolate myself because there is a high probability of a physical attack by fellow prisoners,” he said. “It's torture.”
He says he can’t work in the prison workshop any more because he fears for his life.
“Should any of the inmates want to seriously injure me or kill me,” he wrote, “the locksmith shop is the ideal place. Tools are lying around and it is possible a sharp blade can be found in seconds.
“The repellent behaviour of the prisoners working there was so threatening for me that I asked for the termination of my employment.”
Brueckner maintains his innocence in the McCann case, saying that the idea he was responsible for the Leicestershire three-year-old’s disappearance was as "absurd…as starting a nuclear war or slaughtering a chicken."
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