Sex fiend probed over Maddie

22 May 2009
Rochdale Observer

A convicted paedophile who was wrongly believed to be behind the murder of Lesley Molseed is now being investigated in connection with the disappearance of Madeleine McCann. Raymond Hewlett, originally from Todmorden, was staying near Praia da Luz, in Portugal, when the three-year-old went missing in April 2007. Hewlett, who is in hospital in Germany and believed to have cancer, has been jailed several times for sexual offences against young girls.

Clarence Mitchell, spokesman for Madeleine's parents Kate and Gerry, said Hewlett was a line of inquiry being looked at by investigators working for the couple. A source close to the investigation said Hewlett was still wanted for questioning by police forces in Greater Manchester and West Yorkshire.


In 1996, it was revealed that Hewlett was also a suspect in the 1975 sex killing of 11-year-old Lesley Molseed, from Rochdale. DNA evidence from Lesley's clothing eventually excluded Hewlett from the murder and in November 2007 Ronald Castree, from Shaw, was convicted of Lesley's murder.

Last night it was reported Hewlett's connection to the Madeleine case was raised by a couple who met him while on holiday in Portugal. Alan Thompson is reported to have said: "Hewlett befriended us but kept quiet about his terrible past."

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