Tobias Suckfuell pictured in the campervan at the Lismore Tourist Caravan Park on the morning the body of Simone Strobel was found about ninety metres from where they were camping.
Tobias Suckfuell pictured in the campervan at the Lismore Tourist Caravan Park on the morning the body of Simone Strobel was found about ninety metres from where they were camping. Jacklyn Wagner

Suckfuell on drug charges

TOBIAS Suckfuell, the man police believe killed his girlfriend Simone Strobel in Lismore in 2005, has married his Australian girlfriend in Germany, after being caught by police buying hash.

German media reported Suckfuell, 32 was arrested on Friday after police were tipped off he had asked one of the guests, a Berlin man, to provide hash as refreshments for the reception at his wedding to Australian ski instructor Samantha Moran, who he was staying with in Perth last year.

Detectives staked out the expected scene of the deal - a train station at Schweinfurt - catching Suckfuell and a 46-year-old Berlin man with a bag containing 300g of hashish and a knife.

Police with drug dogs then raided eight homes in the area and found another 50g of hash and 2000 euros (about $2500), the Wurzburg Main Post reported.

Suckfuell faced court that day and was provisionally released in time to attend his - suddenly dry - wedding.

Tobias is not the first member of his family to land in trouble over drugs - in 2006 his sister Katrin was charged with possessing 75.6g of marijuana after police raided her unit in Barvaria during their investigation into Simone's murder.

NSW police revealed in the 2007 inquest into Simone Strobel's death at the Lismore Tourist Caravan Park they believed Suckfuell had killed her by smothering her, most likely with a pillow, after they had argued.

They said at the inquest they believed Suckfuell, most likely with Katrin's help, then carried Simone's body across the road where they stripped her before pushing her through a hole in the fence surrounding the bocce club before hiding her under palm fronds.

Suckfuell and his companions then spent three hours cleaning up their campsite and checking out before going to Lismore Police Station to report Simone "missing".

It was six days before police found Simone's body.

It was thought unlikely Suckfuell would return to Australia, but late last year he was working in Perth.

There was little police could do because they are still waiting for advances in technology that might physically link him to the killing.

 

TIMELINE:

August 5, 2004:

Simone Strobel, 25, of Bavaria, arrives in Australia for a one-year working holiday with her boyfriend Tobias Suckfuell.

 

January 26, 2005:

Tobias's sister Katrin Suckfuell and his friend Jens Martin arrive in Australia to join the couple for a month.

 

February 10, 2005:

Friends report Tobias's and Simone's relationship appears to sour over something said or done the previous night.

 

February 11, 2005:

The travellers arrive at the Lismore Tourist Caravan Park. They drink heavily together at the Gollan Hotel. Tobias becomes increasingly aggressive. He and Simone argue at the campsite. Simone eventually walks away.

 

February 12, 2005:

Jens and Katrin look for Simone. The following morning the three remaining travellers check out of the caravan park before going to the police.

 

February 17, 2005:

A police dog handler discovers Simone's body hidden at the Continental Club during the search.

 

July 9, 2007:

Inquest into Simone's death begins, despite Tobias and Katrin refusing to attend.

 

October 16, 2007:

Coroner Paul MacMahon finds there is not enough evidence to lay charges over Simone's death. Tobias later tells reporters in South Africa he did not kill Simone.

 

January 2009:

German police interview three witnesses in Japan.

 

December 2009:

A handcrafted granite bench, inscribed only with Simone's favourite quote, is quietly placed opposite the murder scene.

 

August 2010:

Simone's parents, Gustl and Gabi, admit for the first time they believe Tobias killed Simone, with Mr Strobel saying "Tobias deceived us again and again". Police reveal they are still getting fresh leads from the public on the case.

 

November 2011:

It is revealed Tobias has returned to Australia and is based in Perth with a new Australian girlfriend, 26-year-old Samantha Moran.

 

June 2012:

Tobias marries Samantha Moran in Germany after being arrested buying 300g of hashish, believed to have been intended for use at his wedding reception.



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