German police cutting it fine

By Zoe Satherley

The window of opportunity for German police investigating the Simone Strobel death case to visit Lismore is fast closing for this year.

Sydney Homicide Squad detective Wayne Hayes said yesterday the German prosecutor told him he had to be in Germany for unrelated court matters from the first week of October until late in the year.

"I spoke with the Germans four days ago and they still did not have approval to come to Australia," Det Hayes said.

"If approval doesn't come within the next few days it may be too late for them for this year.

"Both police departments have given approval, but the delay is with the higher levels of government.

"I don't know and they don't know if the legal hold-up is at their end or our end."

A spokesman for the Attorney-General's Department said that, to date, no request for assistance had been received from the German Government under the international Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters Agreement.

"Australia is ready to give any assistance to German authorities they may be seeking," he said.

"We will act on that request as soon as it is received, but at present we have received no correspondence from the German Government."

Simone, a 25-year-old German tourist, was discovered dead near the Lismore Continental Club in Uralba Street in February.

Her body was found concealed under palm fronds six days after she was reported missing from the Lismore Tourist Caravan Park.

German investigators consider her boyfriend Tobias Suckfull, 24, as a suspect.

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