Irish woman 'raped by Christian Brueckner' relives terrifying ordeal and tells his trial she lied she was pregnant to try and make him stop but 'smelt his condoms and knew it was going to happen'

Hazel Behan was just 20 when she was allegedly raped by Christian BruecknerShe tried lying to him about being pregnant to get him to stop Bruecker is accused of being the man who kidnapped Madeleine McCann 

A former tour guide has told a court how she was raped at knife point by the man suspected of snatching Madeleine McCann.

Hazel Behan, 40, who waived her anonymity and has publicly spoken about the alleged attack in TV interviews, broke down in tears as she relived the horrific moment.

Convicted rapist and paedophile Christian Brueckner, 47, is currently on trial accused of raping three women and carrying out indecent assaults on children not far from where Madeleine vanished in May 2007.

Speaking through an interpreter, Ms Behan said she had returned to her flat in Praia da Roche, in Portugal, in June 2004, after a row with her then-boyfriend Jason Coates when she was just 20.

Hazel told the court in Braunschweig, Germany, she had been to an Irish bar in the resort of Praia da Roche but then returned home alone following the argument.

Hazel Behan, 40, (pictured) who waived her anonymity and has publicly spoken about the alleged attack in TV interviews, broke down in tears as she relived the horrific moment

Hazel Behan, 40, (pictured) who waived her anonymity and has publicly spoken about the alleged attack in TV interviews, broke down in tears as she relived the horrific moment

Convicted rapist and paedophile Christian Brueckner (pictured), 47, is currently on trial accused of raping three women and carrying out indecent assaults on children

Convicted rapist and paedophile Christian Brueckner (pictured), 47, is currently on trial accused of raping three women and carrying out indecent assaults on children

She described how she got into bed fully clothed and then fell asleep, only to wake moments later when she heard her name being called.

Ms Behan said: 'I thought it was my boyfriend who had come to apologise. After a short space of time I said to myself in my head, "he doesn’t have a key so how did he get in?"

‘I had such a fear which I have never experience and it felt as if all the blood in my body went to my feet.

‘I turned and saw a man fully dressed in black from head to toe, with a knife and the first thing he did was put his knee into my back and a hand over my mouth.

He pulled my head and said in English "Don’t f***ing scream or I will kill you", so that why I didn’t. It was all very quick.

‘He pulled my hair, and then positioned my body so that he was behind me, he removed my trousers and underwear and I tried to turn round.

Ms Behan was raped in apartment in Praia da Rocha, Portugal, in 2004 (building exterior pictured)

Ms Behan was raped in apartment in Praia da Rocha, Portugal, in 2004 (building exterior pictured)

Ms Behan detailed how the assailant then threatened to kill her before fleeing over the balcony after the attack (exterior view of apartment windows from the road pictured)

Ms Behan detailed how the assailant then threatened to kill her before fleeing over the balcony after the attack (exterior view of apartment windows from the road pictured)

‘But he pulled my head back and said in English "Don’t look at me" and then I smelt a fruity smell. I knew it was condoms, so I knew it was going to happen.’

Using a tissue to dry her tears, she went on: 'I had a picture of my sister on the wall next to the bed and I said "Please don’t hurt me, she’s my baby".

‘I then said I was pregnant; I don’t know why I said I was pregnant I suppose I thought maybe he won’t go near a pregnant woman.

‘But I was absolutely not pregnant. It didn’t work and then he held my hair and with the force of train, he entered my body.’

Ms Behan, from Mullingar, County Westmeath, Ireland, added: 'I have had three children, but I have never felt a pain like that and I felt it would last forever.

‘And I knew that this person didn’t like me, and that this person was aroused by this power and this control.’

She added at the trial that she was terrified she was going to be 'beheaded' after she was made to kneel on the floor with her head on a bench as Brueckner put a sheet over her.

Ms Behan had been working as a holiday rep, aged 20, when the attack at the apartment block happened (signposted entrance to the block pictured)

Ms Behan had been working as a holiday rep, aged 20, when the attack at the apartment block happened (signposted entrance to the block pictured)

The assailant entered Ms Behan's room as she slept and held a knife to her throat before carrying out the attack (interior view of the apartment block pictured)

The assailant entered Ms Behan's room as she slept and held a knife to her throat before carrying out the attack (interior view of the apartment block pictured)

Ms Behan, who waived her right to anonymity last month, revealed details of the attack which saw a masked man climb over the balcony to her apartment in the early hours of the morning (exterior view of apartment balconies pictured)

Ms Behan, who waived her right to anonymity last month, revealed details of the attack which saw a masked man climb over the balcony to her apartment in the early hours of the morning (exterior view of apartment balconies pictured)

'At this moment I thought he was going to cut my head off.'

'Even though the sheet covered me, there was still a short gap between the end of the sheet and the floor, and I could see under.

'When you are in a situation like that, then every sense you have is heightened, you listen you try to smell what is happening.

'I heard him fumbling around and saw he was with his ruck sack and them I could see his two feet, he had no shoes on and I could see the balcony door was open.

'He stepped out on to the balcony put his shoes on, but I was still too scared to move, so I waited and waited. When I realised he was gone, I got out from under the sheet.'

Brueckner was sensationally named by German police as the prime suspect in the abduction of Madeleine from Praia da Luz in 17 years ago in June 2020.

But he has not been charged and the crimes he is currently being tried for are unconnected.

The trial continues.

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