Main Suspect in Murder of Hans Peter Mack Arrested in Pattaya by Thai Police

Captured alleged ringleader Oraf Thorsten Brinkmann of the murder of Hans Peter Mack. He has denied all charges.

Pattaya, Thailand-

A team of police led by Surachate Hakparn, better known by his popular nickname of Big Joke, Thailand’s most well-known cop, arrested Mr. Oraf Thorsten Brinkmann, German, this evening, July 11th, 2023. Oraf, sometimes called Olaf, had been the main suspect wanted in the murder of Hans Peter Mack, a 62-year-old German businessman and is accused of being the ringleader of the operation.

Mr. Mack had been missing since July 4th, 2023, with a three million baht reward offered for finding him safely. Unfortunately, his dismembered and mutilated corpse was found in a freezer at a villa in the Chokchai Garden Village 1 last evening by Banglamung and Nongprue authorities.

This took place after another suspect in the murder of Hans surrendered today and a person of interest who resided at the home where Mr. Mack’s dismembered body was found was discovered hiding at a restaurant, although police have not called her a suspect.

There were little details released around the capture of Oraf, other than the team being led by Big Joke said Oraf has denied all charges and accusations and asked for a lawyer.

This leaves only one prime suspect still loose, Mr. Zahrouk Kareem Uddin, 27, Pakistani, who is believed to have assisted in the transport of the freezer carrying the dismembered body of Mack.

Thai police have cautioned, however, that further charges and suspects could be forthcoming as the investigation into the motive behind the shocking crime continues.

As of press time, Thai police have been interviewing the suspects and gathering more information. We will continue to provide more updates on this breaking story as they become available from Thai police.

The original version of this article appeared on our sister website, The Pattaya News, owned by our parent company TPN media.

Goongnang Suksawat
Goong Nang is a News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with The Pattaya News for more than four years. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya, and also some national news, with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English-speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket and Krabi except when commuting between the three.