Man charged with Simone Strobel’s murder extradited to NSW

ABOVE: NSW Police escort the man charged with murder to Mascot Police Station in Sydney. Photo: NSW Police

Detectives escorted Tobias Friedrich Moran, formerly known as Tobias Suckfuell, on a flight that landed at Sydney Domestic Airport today, Wednesday, July 27 at 5pm.

Mr Moran was extradited from Western Australia and charged with murder following an investigation into the homicide of German backpacker Simone Strobel in Lismore 17 years ago.

Ms Strobel, 25, was last seen at the Lismore Tourist Caravan Park on Friday, February 11, 2005, after a night out with her then-boyfriend Tobias Suckfuell and friends.

Her body was found six days later concealed under palm fronds at a sportsground less than 100 metres from the caravan park.

At a coronial inquest in 2007, then-State Coroner, Paul McMahon, ruled there was insufficient evidence to lay charges over Simone’s death.

Following inquiries, strike force detectives travelled to Western Australia, and arrested the 42-year-old Mr Moran at a home in Perth.

On his return to NSW, he was taken to Mascot Police Station and charged with murder and ‘do act with intent to pervert the course of justice’.

Mr Moran was refused bail to appear at Downing Centre Local Court tomorrow, Thursday, July 28.

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