Madeleine McCann suspect ‘had ribs broken by guards after blocking cell toilet’

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Madeleine McCann suspect Christian Brueckner had two ribs broken by prison guards after throwing "a tantrum" and blocking the toilet, reports say.

The convicted rapist and paedophile, 43, was seen for the first time in public on Monday since he was named by German police as the chief suspect in the three-year-old's 2007 disappearance in the Algarve.

He was rushed to hospital for treatment after he smearing his courthouse cell with yogurt and filling the toilet with loo roll.

He was due to appear before a judge in Braunschweig for a parole hearing on an unrelated drugs charge but 40 minutes after arriving he reacted furiously to being filmed and put in chains.

A source at the court told The Sun: "He got angry at being filmed and complained. He reacted angrily and when he refused to put the shackles on there was a more violent tussle and he hurt himself."

His lawyer Friedrich Fulscher told the paper that the guards were filming him via a monitor and asked them to stop.

He added he had to get a judge to ensure the footage was deleted and has filed a criminal complaint against the guards for allegedly beating his client.

The court has claimed that Brueckner had "fallen over" after arriving at the court from his prison in Kiel and an investigation is underway.

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Brueckner had been driven 186 miles from Kiel to Braunschweig for a parole hearing on his current 21-month drugs sentence.

He will have served two-thirds of his sentence in January and will be eligible for parole.

The criminal has been identified by German police as the prime suspect in Madeleine's abduction in Portugal 13 years ago.

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