Faced with arrest for Thai 'Girlfriend' murder,
German Nico Papke slashes own throat.
German Nico Papke is in hospital under careful watch after he slashed his own throat with a box cutter while police moved in to arrest him for the murder of a Thai woman whose body was found dumped in the jungle in Wichit earlier today (9 July 2017).
Phuket Provincial Police Chief Inspector Col Akanit Danpitaksan led officers from Chalong Police Station to the rented home of German national Nico Papke, 35, in Soi Saiyuan, Rawai, at 7pm to place him under arrest for the murder of his Thai girlfriend, 35-year-old Pischa “Lek” Nampadung.
As police moved in, Papke cut his own throat with a cutter. He was rushed to Vachira Phuket Hospital in Phuket Town, where he is under watch by police officers and medical staff.
Papke reportedly remains conscious, but is unable to respond to questions, police said.
As the manhunt for 35-year-old Nico Papke, 35, from Altdobern, Germany, was stepped up over the weekend, the discovery of a body was made early Sunday and it’s believed to be that of Picha Nampadung, the beautician who’d not been seen since June 30.
Police moved to arrest Papke after the body of Ms Pischa was identified this afternoon. Her body was found wrapped in blankets and bound with packing or insulation tape beside the road about 600 metres along the newly graded track leading into the jungle north of the cement factory on Muang Chaofa Rd.
Papke worked at the BeFit Fitness Center Chalong as a trainer and manager, however the gym posted an update on Facebook Sunday night stating the gym is Thai owned and they wish to “distance” themselves from the German who many believed owned the business.
Note: There are several accounts circulating on both Thai & English language news sites regarding the details of Papke’s arrest and injuries, including his condition. This article may be edited at any time to correct anything later found to be incorrect.