TWO Germans wanted in the murder and dismemberment of a German businessman in Chonburi last week have been arrested with the third suspect, a Pakistani who holds Thai nationality, still being hunted, Matichon newspaper quoted police as saying late this evening (July 11).
Deputy National Police Chief Pol. Lt. Gen. Surachate Hakparn, nicknamed Big Joke, had asked Pattaya Provincial Court to issue arrest warrants for three suspects in the murder and dismemberment of Mr. Hans-Peter Mack, 62, namely Mr. Olaf Thorsten Brinkmann and Mrs. Petra Christl Grundgreif, both German nationals, and Mr. Sahruek Kareem Uddin, a Pakistani holding Thai nationality.
Mack had disappeared after driving from his house at a housing estate in Nong Prue subdistrict, Bang Lamung district, around noon on July 4 to go meet a foreign broker at Jomtien beach to discuss the purchase of a land plot on Koh Samui worth hundreds of millions baht.
Last night (July 10) his dismembered body was found in a freezer at a house in Chokchai Garden Home 1 estate. The body had been cut up into 13 parts separately placed in black plastic bags and put into this freezer which was plugged in at a bedroom. His head had deep wounds showing he had been hit several times. His body parts were sent to the Institute of Forensic Medicine for autopsy.
First to be arrested today was Grundgreif with Immigration Police Division 3 late this evening arresting Brinkmann from a room in Bangkok.
The Immigration police team had chased Brinkmann after a surveillance camera clip showed that he stole a motorcycle to escape from Chonburi. They then apprehended him at a room behind a restaurant in Bangkok’s Prawet district and first took him to Prawet police station to register his arrest after which he was to be taken to Nong Prue police station for interrogation.
Top: Masked photo of Mr. Olaf Thorsten Brinkmann with an image of murder victim Mr. Hans-Peter Mack inset.
Front Page: The freezer in which Mr. Hans-Peter Mack’s dismembered body parts were kept. Both photos: Matichon