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Anthony Woodhouse


12 May 2014

Yard's jail quiz for rapist over vanished Madeleine McCann

The parents of missing Madeleine McCann were marking her birthday today as it was claimed detectives have quizzed a convicted child rapist over her disappearance.
Kate McCann, 46, and Gerry, 45, were remembering their daughter with cake and presents at their home in  Leicestershire on what is her 11th birthday, and the eighth since she vanished from a family holiday in the Portuguese resort of Praia da Luz in 2007.

It comes as it emerged British  criminal Anthony Woodhouse, 68, was quizzed for two hours by Scotland Yard detectives in his prison cell.

He spent more than 10 years hiding in Portugal after going  on the run after raping a 14-year-old girl in Hertfordshire in 1998, and was jailed for 17 years in 2008 after giving himself up to the British embassy in Lisbon.

Detectives spoke to Woodhouse in March at Channings Wood jail in Devon about a cleaning business he ran in the Algarve, close to where Madeleine  was snatched, prompting fellow inmates to chant at him: “Give her back”.

A spokesman for the Met refused to comment.




Met Police detectives have quizzed a British child rapist in his prison cell.

Anthony Woodhouse, 68, was visited by police trying to establish what happened to Maddie, aged three at the time of her disappearance in May 2007.

Woodhouse had been due to stand trial in 1999 charged with raping a 14-year-old who fell pregnant as a result but fled the country and set up a cleaning business in Portugal.

He was jailed for seventeen-and-a-half years in 2008 after giving himself up to the British Embassy in Lisbon claiming he felt guilty about his crime.

Judge Alistair McCreath told his trial at Worcester Crown Court: “This is as bad a case of rape that one can imagine and it is difficult to overstate how wicked it was. It is inevitable that the child was hugely damaged.”

Thousands of calls have been made to Scotland Yard’s Operation Grange team over the disappearance of three-year-old Maddie on a holiday in Praia da Luz, Portugal.

A spokesman said: “We will not be providing a running commentary.”



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.


It appears he has now died in jail.


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