The Daily Mail has been shown an image
of Mr Ridout acting indecently while
wearing a Santa hat, which was taken at
a Christmas party several years ago and
which he stored on his computer.
numerous people in Praia da Luz have
reported that he regularly talked about
his interest in 'pre-teen' girls.
mother of the 12-year-old, who lives
near Praia da Luz in Burgau, said: "I
came to the Algarve five-and-a-half
years ago and started working in the
Plough and Harrow.
the day shift in the bar, while
Christian Ridout took over for the night
shift. He was always coming out with
rude innuendos, and he'd tell people who
didn't know him that he was 21, even
though he was 30.
two daughters, then 12 and 14 used to
come in to see me, and Christian used to
talk to them, and eventually it turned
out he'd got my youngest girl's mobile
weeks later, in 2005, the 42-year-old
woman heard a rumour that Mr Ridout had
been sending the girl disgusting texts.
asked her if she'd been getting any
messages from Christian - and she had,
about 25 of them. They got progressively
more obscene. They were talking about
her being a virgin, telling her he'd
done 'it' before and that he'd be gentle
and it wouldn't hurt.
was suggesting he should pick her up
from school. The messages were
youngest girl is quiet - and police said
that it was a clear case of grooming. It
was very sick. I couldn't even read the
final ones, but just phoned Christian. I
said, 'If you come anywhere near my
daughters again I'll kill you.'
took all the money from the till at the
Plough and Harrow and went to Spain that
later found his VW Golf at Seville
airport, with his keys left hidden in
the wheel arch and he was believed to
have gone back to England.
next day I went to see the Ridouts and
went to the police station in the large
regional town of Portimao, and they took
all the explicit messages. I went in to
see them just before Madeleine
disappeared and they confirmed they're
still looking for him. 'No one knows
where he is, but he could have been back
to this area."
Ridout said: "I haven't seen Christian
for two years. I have no comment on this