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17 years ago another british child was snatched from portugal

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17 years ago another british child was snatched from portugal

Post by Guest on Thu Sep 18, 2008 7:36 am

The last child to be snatched on the Algarve was also a British girl.

Nine-year-old Rachel Charles was enticed into a car in November 1990 near Albufeira, 20 miles from where Madeleine vanished.

Her body was found three days later beneath a pile of pine needles on a lonely beachside track. She had been strangled, but not sexually assaulted.

A British mechanic, Michael Cook from Southend, was jailed for 19 years for her murder after a Portuguese judge dismissed his defence that he only confessed after a severe beating by police.

Rachel was last seen alive when she was dropped off by a school bus outside her home in Albufeira.

She was approached by a man in a red car with British-style number plates, climbed in and vanished.

A day later, a mystery Englishman phoned the time-share complex where she lived and made a 300,000 ransom demand.

Her stepfather, Ray Charles, speculated she may have been mistaken for a wealthy businessman's daughter who lived next door.

Cook, then 38, who lived and worked in the Algarve, was imprisoned by three judges who ruled: "He knew he was squeezing the life out of her as he pulled the rope round her neck. The court finds it was a crime of sexual perversion."

But the case was mired in claims of police incompetence and corruption


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