‘I didn’t kill the McCann girl ... it’s the truth’

15 June 2009
Evening Express
Albert Innes

A sex beast who lived in the North-east has denied any involvement in the disappearance of Madeleine McCann. Raymond Hewlett, 64, was said to have been living in the Algarve in Portugal when Madeleine, 3, went missing from her holiday apartment two years ago. The Evening Express revealed that Hewlett lived in Aberdeen and Moray in the late 1990s after he had been jailed for a string of sex attacks.

Private detectives hired by the McCanns want to interview Hewlett, pictured right, who has been living in Germany where he has been undergoing treatment for throat cancer.

According to a report, he said: “It’s obvious why they’re interested in me. But they can all think what they like. I didn’t kill the McCann girl. It’s the truth and it’s never going to change.”

And he was reported to have said the only time he had ever seen Madeleine was on television and in posters, never “in real life”.

He said he had an alibi for the night the youngster vanished, but added: “There is a person who can say where I was that day, but why should I bring them into this?”

Hewlett, a former soldier who also lived in Blackpool and Telford, is being treated in Aachen. He was jailed several times in the UK for sexually assaulting young girls, including an attack in 1978, in which he put a gun to his victim’s back.

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