Is this the face of the man who took Madeleine? First picture of heroin addict hotel worker accused of revenge kidnap after he was sacked
- Euclides Monteiro was fired by Ocean Club restaurant in 2006 for stealing
- Police probing claims he took Madeleine in 2007 in revenge for losing job
- He was identified as the main suspect following mobile phone tests
- The report says Portuguese police believe he may have killed Madeleine
- Family members have blasted the allegations as 'scapegoating a dead man'
By TARA BRADY
PUBLISHED: 12:44, 4 November 2013 | UPDATED: 13:11, 4 November 2013
Euclides Monteiro raided flats to feed his drug habit
This is the first picture of heroin addict Euclides Monteiro who has become a key suspect in the investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.
Monteiro worked in the restaurant at the Ocean Club in Praia da Luz but was fired a year before Madeleine vanished on May 3, 2007.
It has been claimed he was caught stealing from the tills and raiding the resort's rooms for valuables to sell in exchange for drugs.
An investigation is now under way to determine whether Monteiro, who died in a freak tractor accident in 2009 aged 40, took Maddie in revenge for losing his job.
It has also emerged that police warned holiday hotel staff about Monteiro, known as Toni.
Nelson Rodrigues, 32, a barman at the Ocean Club, told the Daily Mirror: 'The officer told us. "We know him, you can't trust that man".
'They said he had been in trouble in the past for drug offences.'
Monteiro, from Cape Verde in West Africa, was convicted of theft in 1996 but escaped deportation after a presidential pardon. However, his family deny the allegation.
Police identified him as their main suspect after mobile phone records indicated he was around the McCanns’ holiday apartment in Praia da Luz when Maddie disappeared.
The flat is a 15-minute drive from the town of Lagos where he was living after he stopped working at the Ocean Club.
Yesterday, close friend Sergio Paulo, 44, a builder from Lagos, said: 'I know he would sometimes break into apartments and rob them. He was taking valuables from rooms at Ocean Club and selling them for drugs.'
Motive: Police are investigating whether Monteiro, who died in 2009 in a tractor accident, killed Madeleine
Prime suspect: These e-fits were released of a man carrying a child 500 yards from the McCanns' apartment
Monteiro's widow Luisa, who has been questioned by police, told local media: ‘They are looking for a suspect that can't defend himself.
‘Peoples' lives can't be exposed this way.’
An investigation is now under way to determine whether Monteiro took Maddie in revenge for losing his job
A source told Portuguese newspaper Correio da Manha that police believe he may have killed the youngster to ‘shut her up’ when he saw the huge media response to the disappearance - and are now trying to find her body.
Portugal’s Attorney-General gave the go-ahead for the investigation into the girl’s disappearance to be reopened last week at the request of local police – more than five years after the original inquiry was shelved.
Correio da Manha claimed: ‘Police suspicions about the former Ocean Club employee arose during the review of the case carried out by a PJ team from Porto.
‘This was the strongest new lead presented to state prosecutors which led to the investigation being reopened.
‘The man, who died aged 40 in a tractor accident in 2009, was not on the list of employees handed over to police during the initial investigation by the Ocean Club because at the time of Madeleine’s disappearance he was not working there.’
It described his departure from the Ocean Club as ‘frictious’ and said: ‘The motives that could have caused the ex-employee to kidnap the youngster are still being investigated.’
Hope: The McCann's lawyer said that the couple, seen here with a computer generated image of how Madeleine might have looked in 2012, are still motivated by the belief that she is still alive
It suggests that he may ‘have committed the kidnap as a form of retaliation against the Ocean Club. His aim could have been to call into question the security of the holiday club but something went wrong and the youngster disappeared.’
Portuguese police and a spokesman for the McCanns declined to comment on the newspaper report yesterday.
It emerged over the weekend that police were planning to reinterview several Ocean Club employees.
More than 130 workers were questioned during the initial inquiry, including two men who fixed a blind in the McCanns’ apartment two days before Madeleine disappeared.
New leads: The investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine was reopened following a case review
Portuguese police are thought to have returned to the Praia da Luz area about a month ago to carry out mobile phone tracking work.
Last week it emerged that Kate and Gerry McCann are to apply under Portuguese law to become private ‘prosecutors’ and may now be able to influence the course of the investigation and any prosecution.
Their status as ‘assistentes’ will allow their legal team to work alongside state prosecutors, keeping the McCanns informed of all new developments in the case.
They could also bring a parallel private prosecution against any suspects charged over Maddie’s disappearance.
A secrecy order put on the case by Portugal’s Attorney General could also be lifted just for them, giving access to all case files.
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