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Three arrested after German man’s body found in freezer in Chon Buri


Thai police have arrested 3 suspects, all foreigners, in relation to the murder of a German expat in Chon Buri. The dismembered body of 62 year old Hans Peter Mack was found in 13 pieces in a freezer in a rented house in the Bang Lamung district on Monday night, July 10.

Thai PBS World reports that local gangland figure Olaf Thorsten Brinkmann was arrested last night, July 11, in the On Nut district of Bangkok and is being questioned at Nong Prue police station in Chon Buri. He has, so far, denied all charges and called for a lawyer.

A woman named as Petra Christl Grundgreif was also arrested, having she turned herself in to police yesterday afternoon. She faces charges of being a co-conspirator to murder, concealment of a body, and the transportation and dismemberment of a body.

Police believe Ms Grundgreif acted as a decoy, allegedly luring Mr Mack to his death, telling he she was wanting to purchase a property on Koh Samui. Yesterday, she was questioned for 5 hours, with her visa subsequently cancelled and bail denied.

According to a Nation Thailand report, the third suspect to be arrested is a Pakistani with Thai nationality, who has been named as Sahrukh Kareem Uddin.

Another suspect, Nicole Frevel, was also questioned yesterday, after being treated in hospital for a self-inflicted wound on her wrist (that she inflicted after being found by police). It’s understood Ms Frevel was renting the Pattaya house where Mr Mack’s body was found in the freezer. She insists she was forced to keep the freezer at her home and ordered not to touch it by Olaf Thorsten Brinkmann.

Officers were led to Ms Frevel’s house after reviewing CCTV footage. According to Nong Prue police, the freezer was transported to her house in the back of a black pick-up truck allegedly belonging to Mr Brinkmann. They say the truck was initially driven to Nong Hin Soi 5 and was then seen leaving with the freezer covered in the truck bed. The truck was then driven to Ms Frevel’s house.

On searching the property, they found the dismembered body in the freezer, which was plugged in and sealed with black tape. The German had been missing since July 4, when he told his Thai wife he was going to a business meeting.

SOURCE: Thai PBS World | Nation Thailand

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