German slashes own throat before arrest for murder

German national Nico Papke, 35, remains under watch in hospital in Phuket Town after he cut his own throat with a box cutter at his rented home in Rawai this evening. Photo: Phuket Immigration Police

PHUKET: — A German man 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 Phuket woman whose body was found dumped in the jungle in Wichit on Sunday (July 9).

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.

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Papke reportedly remains conscious, but is unable to respond to questions, police said.

Police moved to arrest Papke after the body of Ms Pischa was identified Sunday 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. – Phuket News

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