Docs bar DNA test on Maddie suspect

26 May 2009 
Daily Star
Jerry Lawton
Hospital turns away ex-coppers

Detectives were yesterday turned away from a hospital where they want to quiz a paedophile about Madeleine McCann. They hope cancer victim Raymond Hewlett, 64, will take a DNA test to see if he was in the apartment when she was snatched two years ago. (Blogger note: Hewlett had already given DNA swab to the Portuguese police.) Briton Hewlett, who has served jail terms for abducting and sexually assaulting kids, was living near Praia da Luz in Portugal when the McCanns were on holiday there. His description matches a man with a droopy moustache seen carrying off a little blonde girl that night.

Detectives hired by Madeleine's doctor parents Kate, 41, and Gerry, 40, say he is a "person of interest'' to their inquiries. Yesterday they tried to visit him in the hospital in Aachen, Germany, where he is recovering from surgery for throat cancer. But they were refused entry. The investigation team, including Dave Edgar, a former detective inspector, cannot compel Hewlett to answer their questions. A public prosecutor will decide in the next few days whether to make him take a DNA test.

He is also wanted for questioning by West Yorkshire police about the indecent assault of an eight-year-old girl in 1975. The McCanns' spokesman said: "Mr Hewlett has denied any involvement in Madeleine's abduction. We hope he will let us talk to him today." There are fears Madeleine may have been sold in Morocco.

Brit Peter Verran, 46, who shared a Morocco campsite with Hewlett, said: "He brought Madeleine up straight away. He said his three-year-old daughter looked like her."

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