Australian media draws connection with Hells Angels arrests and 2015 murder of compatriot

PUBLISHED ON THU, DEC 7, 2017 3:36 PM

Australian media draws connection with Hells Angels arrests and 2015 murder of compatriot

 

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The Sydney Morning Herald quoting a Thai official has made a connection with the 2015 murder of Australian criminal Wayne Rodney Schneider, then 38, and three men arrested this week in Pattaya.

 

The Australian media quoted acting tourism chief Surachet Hakpan as saying that the three men - as yet unnamed - were the same group of people involved in the murder and burial of Schneider.

 

A Canadian Hells Angel member was also arrested along with a cache of guns, knives and two luxury cars.

 

Schneider - one of the most wanted men in New South Wales - was found dead after being abducted from his rented home in Jomtien on November 30th 2015.

 

He was found buried some 100 meters off the road in Sattahip. His neck was broken.

 

Antonio Bagnato - a former associate of Schneider - was sentenced to death for his murder in February of this year.

 

But police always claimed that three others were involved in the abduction of the victim.

 

The Sydney Morning Herald said the latest arrested Australians aged 32-42, were taken in on suspicion of extortion, involvement with illicit drugs, human trafficking and money laundering.

 

An earlier story from the Thai media reported on Thaivisa did not draw a connection to Schneider's death.

 

Details of Schneider's death from a recently held Sydney inquest told how he was tied to a chair and beaten to death.

 

Four other men were also arrested this week.

 

Previous reports suggested that the 2015 murder was connected to conflicts over drugs and may also have involved disputes between the Hells Angels and Comancheros biker gangs in Australia that spilled over to Pattaya.

 
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