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German Who Held Bankers Wife For €2.5m Ransom, Captured In Thailand

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A German man wanted on kidnapping and extortion charges in his homeland was arrested by Thai Immigration Police this week in the Den Chai district of Phrae province.

Earlier this month 52-year-old Mario Schaefer had kidnapped the wife of a Munich banker at gunpoint from her home in the city and then demanded a ransom of €2.5m otherwise he’d kill her. However, the woman managed to escape from the apartment he had rented to hold her hostage until his demands were met.

This led Schaefer to flee Germany and go on the run until he was finally tracked down and captured after almost three weeks in the northern Thai province. On his return he will be charged with false imprisonment, kidnapping and attempted extortion and if found guilty he will be looking at up to 15 years in prison.

The kidnapper was one of six foreign fugitives paraded at a press conference yesterday by Pol Maj-General Thamrong Saengwattanakul, commander of Immigration Police Division 3.

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Russian Woman Suspected Of Murdering Her Infant Daughter In North Pattaya

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Russian Woman Suspected Of Murdering Her Infant Daughter

A Russian woman who attempted to take her own life by jumping from a third-floor apartment in North Pattaya at the weekend is in police custody suspected of murdering her infant daughter.

Anna Efimova, 33, was found by police and medics with injuries to her legs at the apartment block on Sukhumvit Road at around 3.30pm on Sunday afternoon.

While she was taken to Bangkok Pattaya hospital for treatment while Banglamung police went to inspect her room where they found blood stains and splatters on the floor and walls.

In the bathroom, they discovered the body of an infant girl with 3 large wounds to her forehead under a towel below the wash hand basin.

Documents found in the room identified the dead infant as the woman’s daughter who was 1 year and 7 months old.

Russian Woman Suspected Of Murdering Her Infant Daughter

Police also found drug paraphernalia in the room with officers speculating the suspect might have been high when she killed her daughter, before jumping from the balcony.

An employee at the apartment block told police the woman checked in with her daughter on Saturday at 7pm and paid for a three-day stay.

Police are now waiting for the woman to recover to question her over the girl’s death.

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Boxing Is Back But No Spectators Allowed

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Boxing Is Back But No Spectators Allowed

Muay Thai boxing resumed on Saturday after more than three months but fans of the national sport had to make do with watching on television as spectators are still banned.

Matches resumed as Thailand eases measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 which left hundreds of boxers and referees without work.

No local transmissions of the virus have been reported for 40 days.

However, authorities have yet to issue rules on when and how spectators will be allowed to attend sports venues.

In March, a spike in virus cases was linked to a boxing match at Lumpinee Boxing Stadium.

“Today is a good start for the boxing industry,” said Viboon Jampa-nguern, head of the boxing committee.

“Boxers are in jeopardy, they don’t have alternative jobs. The same goes for those who work as boxing referees, they don’t have second jobs to support them,” he said.

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Suicide Suspected In Death Of Australian Man In Pattaya

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Suicide Suspected In Death Of Australian Man In Pattaya

A 59-year-old Australian man was found dead on Saturday afternoon at a Pattaya apartment with police suspecting suicide was the likely cause of death.

Police were alerted at around 4.30pm by the apartment block housekeeper who found the body of Andrew George Tomlinson laid on the bed with a plastic bag over his head fastened with a cable tie. His hands were also bound with a cable tie.

There were no signs of a struggle, no bruises on the body, no reason to suspect a robbery gone wrong and no valuables missing.

CCTV from the building showed nobody had entered the room.

The body was sent to Police General Hospital in Bangkok for a post-mortem to determine the exact cause of death and the Australian embassy notified.

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