By Oliver Farrimond
DETECTIVES are to question a Scottish suspect over the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.
Private investigators working for the McCanns have confirmed that they want to question the man, who is currently awaiting trial for murder and child sex offences in Barlinnie prison in Glasgow.
Already wanted by Spanish police in connection with the disappearance of a German boy, the man was spotted by a prison officer at Barlinnie due to his likeness to a pencil sketch of the chief Maddie suspect.
The insider said: “This man looks like the Maddie suspect drawing that has been in the papers.
“He is also well known to have spent a lot of time in the Spanish region – staff at the prison want the investigation team to speak to him.”
The man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, operated a cleaning firm for Spanish holiday homes [Rainbow Cleaning Services] when Maddie vanished in May 2007.
He is currently accused of murdering a 40-year-old woman from Ayrshire with an accomplice, reportedly because the pair feared she would report them for child sex abuse.
The woman went missing from Largs more than a decade ago, and the body has never been found.
Clarence Mitchell, spokesman for the McCanns, confirmed that investigators were trying to contact the man.
He said: “The investigators currently searching for Madeleine are aware of this man and they do want to speak to him.
“Any credible information they receive is, of course, followed up as top priority.”
Both men face further charges of sex abuse against children, child pornography and attempting to pervert the course of justice.
Charged for a second time after the initial evidence was ruled insufficient, both lived in the Canary Islands and in Costa Blanca until being charged again last year.
in Deadline Scotland
Caso Yeremi: dos pederastas escoceses, sospechosos de secuestro
August 11, 2008
Se presentaban como pulcros limpiadores de apartamentos para los turistas que iban con sus familias a Gran Canaria, pero eran dos peligrosos pederastas condenados por abusar de seis niños en Escocia, su país. Charles O’Neill, ex boxeador, y su primo William Lauchlan repitieron el camino de muchos pederastas británicos.
Mother-of-three Allison: Was she murdered to silence her - and what do her paedophile cousins know?
11 June 2007
The experience of the boy in question was one endured by many others in the town during the 1990s. O'Neill and Lauchlan, themselves believed to have been conducting an incestuous relationship, were jailed at the High Court in Glasgow for eight and six years respectively after being convicted of 21 charges of indecent assault against six boys - aged between 11 and 15 - at a series of addresses in Ayrshire.
Murder Suspects Pose As Holiday Cleaners
October 14, 2007
One key witnesses was to have been mum-of-three Allison McGarrigle, who once stayed with O'Neill and Lauchlan at their home in Largs, Ayrshire.
Scots Pair Probed Over Missing Boy
October, 28 2007
TWO paedophile murder suspects are being investigated over the disappearance of a boy on the island of Gran Canaria. Yeremi Vargas, seven, vanished in March from Vecinardio – where child sex abusers Charles O'Neill, 44, and William Lauchlan, 30, have set up home.
11 June 2010 - Non-news update from Murdoch's Sun Tabloid
Life for murder paedo wanted by Maddie tecs
By ANTONELLA LAZZERI [aka pro McCann-parents biased tabloid hack]
A SERIAL paedophile linked to the Madeleine McCann case was yesterday jailed for life for murder.
Charles O'Neill has repeatedly refused to be quizzed by detectives working for Maddie's parents Kate and Gerry.
But the private eyes will now try again. O'Neill, 47, is believed to have been in Portugal when Maddie, then three, vanished from an apartment in Praia da Luz on the Algarve in May 2007.
Yesterday he was sentenced for killing mum-of-three Allison McGarrigle who threatened to reveal he and gay lover William Lauchlan were abusing a child.
Ex-boxer O'Neill and Lauchlan, 33, strangled Allison 13 years ago in Largs, Ayrshire.
The High Court in Glasgow ordered O'Neill to serve a minimum of 30 years and Lauchlan, a minimum of 26 years.
They were handed a further 10 years each for abusing two boys aged six and 14.
The pair had been jailed in 1988 over 31 charges of drugging and assaulting young children but were freed in 2002.
They fled to Spain and set up a cleaning business for holiday apartments.
They travelled to Portugal several times.
In April 2004 they abducted, drugged and abused a 15-year-old English boy in Spain.
O'Neill was still there three years later when seven-year-old Spanish Jeremy Vargus [Yeremi Vargas] vanished from Gran Canaria.
Two months later Maddie went missing - and O'Neill was thought to be on the Algarve at the time.
Jeremy's mother Ithaisa Suarez, 24, and Kate, 41, from Rothley, Leics, have written to each other regularly.
Kate and Gerry have also included information about the Jeremy case on their website. [read here to know what means «included in the McCann's dictionary]
Last night the McCanns' spokesman Clarence Mitchell confirmed: "Investigators have been fully aware of O'Neill and his background but have not been able to take him any further forward as an active line of investigation."