refuses to speak as he is linked to Spanish child-sex
crimes and Madeleine McCann case ...
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
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
Ex-boxer O'Neill and Lauchlan, 33, strangled Allison 13 years ago in
They dumped her body at sea and it has never been found.
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
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
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 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
Last night the McCanns' spokesman
"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