She said, “Her eyes weren’t really blue, rather green. She had clear eyes.
“The mark in his right eye was clearly visible. I am sure of what I saw.
Speaking with a northern Portuguese accent, with her voice distorted to hide her identity, she added: “It was three or four years ago, I don’t know exactly when, at the Apolonia supermarket in Gale.
“There was a girl to my right who spoke with another in German.
“When I looked at his eyes, I was sure what I saw.
“They were clear eyes with the same flaw as Maddie. “
New details of the sighting were due to be released tonight on the RTP Sexta investigative program.
The weekly show, directed by Sandra Felgueiras, linked Madeleine McCann’s new suspect Christian Brueckner last week to a burglary in November 2007 at a house in Gale where a family’s savings of £ 91,000 were taken.
He also claimed the German pedophile worked with an accomplice who warned him so he could break into Algarve properties in mimic raids investigators believe resulted in Maddie’s kidnapping.
Gale is a 45-minute drive east of Praia da Luz, where the young Briton was last seen on May 3, 2007.
The woman at the center of the new claims about Madeleine is believed to be a German-speaking teacher who was inside the supermarket when she saw the two teenage girls.
Portuguese police have reportedly been made aware of the latest sighting, but only in the past few weeks since Brueckner was named a suspect in the 13-year mystery.
It was not immediately clear today how seriously the police take the new information and whether it is still under active investigation.
Madeleine McCann has a rare eye disease known as coloboma. It is a space in a part of the structure of the eye, normally towards the bottom of the eye.
It can affect one or both eyes. It only occurs in one in 10,000 births.
Maddie’s mark is believed to affect only seven in a million people.
A female psychiatrist will also tell Sexta that children torn from their parents at a young age can “consciously extinguish” the trauma.
Drifter Brueckner, 43, is currently serving a 21-month prison sentence for drug trafficking in the German city of Kiel for drug-related offenses which expires next January.
He is appealing a conviction late last year for the rape of an American pensioner in Praia da Luz in September 2005 following a burglary.
His lawyer Friedrich Fulscher appealed to the Luxembourg Court of Justice earlier this month to request his release from prison on technical grounds regarding his rape conviction.
A provisional decision is scheduled for August 6 and a final judgment is expected between two and six months later.
Bruckner was twice extradited from Portugal to Germany after international arrest warrants were issued against him.
The second time was in 2017, after discovering he was wanted for child sexual abuse and possession of child pornography.
Portuguese police caught him after arresting him on suspicion of exposing himself to young children at a playground in Sao Bartolomeu de Messines, a 40-minute drive from Praia de Luz.
He was never prosecuted and the criminal investigation was halted despite protests from angry parents of the youngsters.
On July 9, police and firefighters searched three wells for Madeleine’s body but found no trace of her.
The abandoned wells are a 15-minute drive from the Brueckner-rented chalet on the outskirts of Praia de Luz, on a narrow road to a beach where the pedophile used to park his VW camper van.