AN ARREST warrant has been issued for a German who allegedly killed his Thai girlfriend in Phuket early this month and slit his own throat during a police encounter on Sunday.
Nico Papke, who is receiving treatment for his injuries at a hospital, is now charged with pre-meditated murder and hiding the corpse of his girlfriend Picha Nampadung to cover up his alleged crime.
The two had moved in together just a little over a month ago. Witnesses told police the couple used to quarrel often because Papke was possessive.
“Our ongoing investigation shows that Picha disappeared after she told him she wanted to break up,” Chalong Police Station deputy superintendent Pol Lt-Colonel Somsak Sopakarn said yesterday.
According to police, the couple had a big fight on June 30 and Picha was last seen alive on July 1. Her body was found on Sunday, prompting officials to launch a manhunt for Papke who slit his own throat upon facing police later in the day.