Madeleine update: OAP paedophile extradited to UK

Madeleine update: OAP paedophile extradited to UK

In a week of fast-paced developments in the long-running Madeleine investigation, reports now are that a 77-year-old paedophile-on-the-run whose testimony is said to be vital has now been located and is on his way back to UK.
According to the Daily Mail, police will not be providing newspapers with a running commentary. But earlier this year, the paper said Roderick MacDonald (also known as Roderick Robertson) was living in the Algarve at the time Madeleine disappeared from her family’s holiday apartment in Praia da Luz in 2007.
This morning the Mail writes that Robertson “is believed to be part of a child sex ring linked to the disappearance of Madeleine McCann”.
He was arrested in Olhão campsite in 2010 and extradited to Australia on child molestation charges.
Piecing together his chequered past, various newspapers have catalogued how MacDonald was later deported back to the UK where he molested two girls. Receiving a suspended prison sentence, he then fled back to the Far East before the authorities could stop him.
He was finally brought to ground on the Maltese island of Gozo, where he appeared in court on Monday and consented to his extradition to UK.
According to the Malta Independent, MacDonald was convicted of the rape of an eight-year-old in Australia after his extradition from Portugal in 2010.
The fact that he was living in Portugal at the time Madeleine went missing is viewed as “of vital interest”, the Mail has claimed.
MacDonald’s news comes days after the Mail ran with a story on the new prosecutor appointed to the Algarve, describing 49-year-old Inês Faria Sequeira as “a high flyer”, “utterly determined to solve” the long-running mystery.
It also comes as Scotland Yard detectives are once again on national soil and said to be hoping to push forward with new plans to interrogate Portuguese suspects.
While the British media say detectives are still working on the theory of a bungled burglary, Portuguese newspapers suggest the latest rush of stories are designed to put pressure on Sequeira who is described as having to be brought up to speed on hundreds of cases as she takes over from outgoing prosecutor Magalhães e Menezes.