A team of police led by Surachate Hakparn, better known by his popular nickname of Big Joke, Thailand’s most well-known cop, arrested Mr. Oraf Thorsten Brinkmann, German, this evening, July 11th, 2023. Oraf, sometimes called Olaf, had been the main suspect wanted in the murder of Hans Peter Mack, a 62-year-old German businessman and is accused of being the ringleader of the operation.
Mr. Mack had been missing since July 4th, 2023, with a three million baht reward offered for finding him safely. Unfortunately, his dismembered and mutilated corpse was found in a freezer at a villa in the Chokchai Garden Village 1 last evening by Banglamung and Nongprue authorities.
This took place after another suspect in the murder of Hans surrendered today and a person of interest who resided at the home where Mr. Mack’s dismembered body was found was discovered hiding at a restaurant, although police have not called her a suspect.
There were little details released around the capture of Oraf, other than the team being led by Big Joke said Oraf has denied all charges and accusations and asked for a lawyer.
This leaves only one prime suspect still loose, Mr. Zahrouk Kareem Uddin, 27, Pakistani, who is believed to have assisted in the transport of the freezer carrying the dismembered body of Mack.
Thai police have cautioned, however, that further charges and suspects could be forthcoming as the investigation into the motive behind the shocking crime continues.
As of press time, Thai police have been interviewing the suspects and gathering more information. We will continue to provide more updates on this breaking story as they become available from Thai police.