Madeleine McCann Case: Paedophile Roderick McDonald to be extradited to UK
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British man Roderick McDonald has been arrested in Malta this past Monday and is set to be extradited back to the UK in connection with the Madeleine McCann case. McDonald, who is 76 years of age and from Aldershot, is believed to have information that could lead to a breakthrough in the investigation into Madeleine's disappearance.
McDonald has a long criminal record and has been convicted of indecent assault in Australia where he served a six month prison sentence. Upon visiting Thailand in 2011, he was swiftly deported back to the UK when authorities became aware of his record. McDonald was then convicted of touching two sisters aged 5 and 7 on a boat in Shoreham in 2012. He was subsequently convicted and sentenced to a 12 month sentence but went on the run and is believed to have been residing in Malta ever since.
Madeleine infamously went missing from Praia da Luz in Portugal back in 2007 while on holiday with her parents Gerry and Kate and her younger siblings. The family were staying at a resort in the Algarve and Madeleine was just 3 years of age at the time she went missing.
At the time of Madeleine's disappearance, McDonald is believed to have been living in the Algarve. He was arrested by Interpol in 2010 in the area so it seems he would have remained in the country for almost 3 years after Madeleine went missing.
It has been suggested that Metropolitan Police will pose questions to McDonald on his return to the UK in connection with a paedophile ring that operated in the Algarve for a number of years surrounding McCann's disappearance. Seven years on from the disappearance of Madeleine, Metropolitan Police continue to offer a reward worth £20,000 for anybody that can provide information which leads to the arrest and prosecution of those responsible.