Convicted child rapist quizzed over Madeleine McCann disappearance
A LOCKED-UP child rapist was grilled over the disappearance of Madeleine McCann before being taunted by inmates who chanted "give her back".
Convicted sex offender Anthony Woodhouse, 68, was questioned by Scotland Yard officers for two hours at Channings Wood prison, Devon.
He was on the run in Portugal at the time of Madeleine's disappearance for more than ten years after raping a 14-year-old girl in Hertfordshire in 1998.
An eyewitness said: "Officers took him into a private room for a good couple of hours.
"They were talking about how he was in 'close proximity' to where Madeleine disappeared.
"For days after he was quizzed, Woodhouse was abused by inmates.
"Whenever he walked down the corridor, they'd chant, 'Give her back, give her back'."
Plain-clothed detectives asked him about a cleaning business he was running in the Algarve.
He was operating the firm at the time three-year-old Madeleine went missing from her family's Praia da Luz holiday apartment in 2007.
They also asked him of his whereabouts before and after she was abducted.
Woodhouse returned to the UK in 2008 to serve a 17-and-a-half year prison sentence term for the rape of the teenager after giving himself in.
He said he was "preoccupied with guilt every day" after he admitted the crime to the British embassy in Lisbon.
British police detectives are working their way through 38 possible abductors in the Madeleine case — 12 of them Brits.
Woodhouse was questioned after it was revealed that police wanted to trace six British cleaners who were working at the resort.
A Scotland Yard spokesman last night refused to comment.
Madeleine's parents Kate and Gerry will mark her 11th birthday today at their home in Rothley, Leicestershire.http://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/378486/Convicted-child-rapist-quizzed-over-Madeleine-McCann-disappearance