German national murdered in Thai resort city

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10 September 2007, Bangkok (dpa) - A 59-year-old German national was murdered over the weekend in his home at Thailand's Pattaya beach resort, Thai police said Monday.

10 September 2007

Bangkok (dpa) - A 59-year-old German national was murdered over the weekend in his home at Thailand's Pattaya beach resort, Thai police said Monday.

The body of Kurt Schmolke of Lahnstein on the Rhein River in western Germany was discovered Sunday evening when police received reports of a fire at his home in Pattaya, 100 kilometres south-east of Bangkok. Schmolke had been stabbed and suffocated, police said.

Found next to the body was a plastic bag containing 500 euros and 30,000 Thai baht (870 dollars), said Major Jakarin Tuasupat of Pattaya's Banglamung Police Station, who inspected the scene.

Tuasupat suspected Schmolke was killed three hours before the fire by a foreigner, he told Deutsche Presse-Agentur dpa in a telephone interview.

A foreign man and a Thai woman reportedly visited Schmolke Sunday and were seen leaving in his car that afternoon.

Neighbours told police that Schmolke, who worked in the German Navy and had a Thai wife, was feuding with a foreigner over stolen belongings, which he had been planning to report to the police.

Schmolke entered Thailand on August 10 although his wife remained in Germany.

dpa

Subject: German news

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