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Two years after the brutal murder of Volker Schwartges, in Soi Green Mango, Chaweng, Koh Samui, his murderers are finally having to appear in court after official letters of complaint from Germany.
The 46 year old bar owner was attacked by at least four local Samui men at around 6am on the 20th of August 2014. Mr Schwartges was kicked and beaten with bottles, he bled to death in the parking lot behind the popular entertainment hotspot, his throat had been split with a knife.
For two years there was no word on the case that was kept alive by articles in Der Farang and the Samui Times.
According to a report in the Dusseldorfer Express the investigation into his death had been sent to the public prosecutor’s office in Koh Samui in November 2014. However the case never made it into the court room, the perpetrators did not spend one night behind bars.
Distressed and frustrated Mr Schwartges 71 year old mother started to write letters in both English and German to the highest authorities and ministries in Thailand. She finally received a letter back this year in October from Thailand’s Ministry of Tourism informing her that the trial of her son’s murder will take place and will commence on November 11th this year. So far the office of the public prosecutor has not given any reason for the two year delay in proceedings. Experts have said that starting a murder trial over two years after the crime is highly unusual.
Mr Schwartges mother now eagerly awaits the start of the trial, hopeful that at least one of the perpetrators, who has been seen our and about in the same area as the crime over the last two years, will finally face the music for the murder of her son, rather than enjoying the music in a disco close to where he murdered her son.