German police on their way

By ZOE SATHERLEY

THE German prosecutor and police investigating the death of German tourist Simone Strobel are coming to Lismore.

The news was passed on to Sydney Homicide Squad detective Wayne Hayes when he was in Germany recently.

Det Hayes is a member of Strike Force Howea, set up to investigate Simone's death.

While in Germany he met local police who are undertaking their own investigation.

Although a date has not yet been firmly set for their visit to Lismore, it is likely to be late next month.

The German team investigating Simone's mysterious disappearance and death in the Lismore CBD in February are in the process of getting German and Australian Government approvals for the visit, Det Hayes said.

They are are also seeking a formal memorandum of understanding to legally exchange intelligence with Australian police working on the case.

The German prosecutor wants access to all of the witness statements, police notes and exhibits.

Some of this information has already been exchanged, but before a formal agreement had been signed.

German police told Det Hayes that Simone's boyfriend, Tobias Suckfuell, was not in custody and had not been charged over Simone's death, although he was still a suspect.

If he were to be charged by them any trial would be held in Germany, with Australian witnesses possibly needed to fly to Bavaria to testify.

Det Hayes said while the German prosecutor did not speak English, a policewoman working on the case was fluent in English and would accompany him.

He was not sure if there would be other German police also attending, or how long they might stay.

"I do know they have unrelated court commitments in late October, so they will need to be back before that," he said.

Simone's badly decomposed body was found in the Lismore CBD on February 17, six days after she went missing from the Lismore Tourist Caravan Park in Dawson Street.

She had been staying at the caravan park with Tobias, his sister Katrin Suckfuell and mutual friend Jens Martin.



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