Woman raped at knifepoint in Portugal gives evidence in Christian Brückner trial

Main suspect in Madeleine McCann case is accused in Germany of three rapes and two indecent assaults

A woman who was raped at knifepoint by a masked man in Portugal 20 years ago has told a German court trying the main suspect in the disappearance of Madeleine McCann how she had feared for her life and had to shut down her emotions to deal with the ordeal.

Hazel Behan, 40, described how a man dressed in black had entered her holiday apartment in Praia da Rocha in the Algarve at 3am on 16 June 2004, stood over her bed and called her name before starting the hours-long attack. Delivering a harrowing and graphic account through an interpreter for over 80 minutes, Behan had to pause several times as she became emotional, describing the incident, which occurred while she worked as a 20-year-old holiday representative.

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