Tobias Suckfuell in Lismore in February, 2005.
Tobias Suckfuell in Lismore in February, 2005.

Tobias investigated by South African authorities

By CHARLES MIRANDA

SOUTH AFRICAN immigration officials are investigating Tobias Suckfuell.

A coronial inquest found this month that there was insufficient evidence to charge Tobias with the murder of his girlfriend, German backpacker Simone Strobel, at Lismore in February, 2005.

But South African authorities are now taking an interest in Tobias and, in particular, how he has managed to stay in their country and renew a tourist visa every three months.

It is understood he has taken out citizenship in the nearby African republic of Lesotho, although this would not necessarily allow him to keep re-entering South Africa.

Official interest in the case was heightened last week in South Africa after a number of local newspapers ran a story about the Australian murder.

Before the publicity, Tobias had been telling friends and people he met the reason media sometimes pursued him was because he was a premier league soccer star in Germany.

Meanwhile, NSW Police have described as 'curious' revelations in Sydney's Daily Telegraph newspaper that Tobias wears a necklace believed to be the same one Simone wore shortly before she disappeared. The beaded and shell chain was worn by Simone in the picture police handed out when she was first reported missing; it appears to be the same one Tobias was wearing when approached last week outside his beachside home in a village called Wilderness. Lismore police say the murder investigation is ongoing.



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