Monster ... Johnson was
jailed for horror torture attack
TORTURE gang leader Steven Johnson had his daughter’s clothes
seized by police — after fearing they could belong to
missing Madeleine McCann.
The monster — caged for 25 years for the savage attack on James
Ross — was quizzed by cops investigating the little
girl’s disappearance following his arrest in Portugal.
And the 49-year-old thug told his mum Helen Taylor, 73, that
officers had swooped on his toddler daughter’s clothes.
The dramatic details can now be revealed after Johnson was jailed
for the sickening torture attack on abduction victim
James, 28, from Wick, Caithness.
Helen, who calls her son John, said: “When they arrested John they
said it was kidnap and threw in about the little girl as
Missing ... Madeleine McCann
“They went and took his baby Elizabeth’s clothes — she
was 18 months old — and analysed them.
“They said it was because the James Ross case was kidnap, a similar
Violent Johnson revealed how police had quizzed him about Maddie,
who disappeared in the Algarve aged three in 2007, in a
letter he sent from prison.
In the badly-written note, he said: “If the police have any proof,
it’s been falsified. I can’t prove my innocence without
the help of the police and they won’t give me help to
prove I didn’t do anything, they just want to convict us
to make up for their incompetence in the Madeleine
“The police told me they would charge me with her disappearance and
make it stick.”
Gang leader ... Steven
A court in Loule found the brute, of Radcliffe, Manchester, guilty
of attempted murder, kidnap, GBH and drug trafficking.
Fellow gang member Callum McLeod, 45, from Stornoway, Lewis, was
sentenced to 15 years, while Terence McGurk, 33, and
William Quinn, 54, both from Coventry, got eight years.
Ronald Lee Rose, 25, also from Coventry, was handed
Victim James suffered a 13-day ordeal after being abducted at Faro
airport in October 2010.
The dad-of-two finally managed to escape after his captors cut off
his ear, two fingers and three toes.
Victim ... James Ross was
Last night Johnson’s mum Helen revealed her son planned to write a
book about his brutal crimes.
She added: “Maybe when I read it I’ll finally find out the