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Third suspect in murder of German businessman nabbed in Kanchanaburi


THE THIRD suspect in the murder and dismemberment of a German businessman in Chonburi last week was arrested this afternoon (July 12) in Kanchanaburi while trying to flee across the border to Myanmar, Naewna newspaper said.

Police  arrested Mr. Shahrukh Kareem Uddin, 27, a Pakistani holding Thai nationality, while travelling in a taxi to Kanchanaburi city. He was taken to the provincial police station to record his arrest and then to be sent to Nong Prue police station in Chonburi for interrogation, with this expected to take five hours.

Mr. Hans-Peter Mack, 62, 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.

On Monday night his dismembered body was found in a freezer at a townhouse 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.

Yesterday two German suspects in this brutal murder were arrested namely Mr. Olaf Thorsten Brinkmann, 52, and Mrs. Petra Christl Grundgreif, 54.

Also arrested was Ms. Nicole Frevel, 52, who had rented the townhouse where the freezer with Mack’s body parts was moved to.

Nong Prue police said all three continued to deny the charges filed against them with Brinkmann to be questioned again.

They added that after Brinkmann was locked up in his cell at 2 a.m. this morning he was restless and grumbling to himself and it was close to dawn before he fell asleep.

Grundgreif was stressed out and complained of chest tightness. Police then called  Sawang Boriboon Thammasathan Foundation volunteers to come and help and after getting first aid her condition improved.

Meanwhile Frevel too got medical treatment after cutting her wrist.


Top: A blurred image of Mr. Shahrukh Kareem Uddin after his arrest in Kanchanaburi this afternoon, July 12, 2023.

Front Page: Nong Prue police station. Both photos: Naewna

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