A alleged murder of a Brit heiress woke up hotel guests at 3am before a German bouncer claimed she died in a “sex game gone wrong.”
Marc Schätzle, 30, will stand trial in Switzerland charged with the death of Anna Reed, 22, in addition to counts of fraud and theft.
The German father-of-two – who has facial tattoos – met privately-educated Anna in Thailand while she was on a round-the-world trip.
After a whirlwind romance, the pair booked into the posh Hotel la Palma au Lac in Locarno at the foot of the Swiss Alps.
Anna, from Harrogate, North Yorks – heiress to a multi-million pound racehorse fortune – was found dead in her hotel bathroom in April 2019.
A post mortem examination confirmed she died from strangulation and had also suffered small cuts and fractures.
‘SEX GAME GONE WRONG’
Prosecutors in Switzerland say that Schätzle claims Anna died in an “erotic game that went wrong”.
But, according to The Times, guests at the Swiss hotel complained about noise coming from Room 501 at 3am – hours before Anna was found dead.
A porter was even reportedly called to the £200-per-night penthouse suite to “calm the situation down”.
The next morning, Schätzle came down to the lobby and appeared “agitated”, a hotel source said.
They told The Times: “The receptionist could tell by his tone that it was serious so called an ambulance.
“The medics went straight up to the room. She was on the floor of the bathroom.
“They tried to resuscitate her but there was no response. She was already dead.”
Schätzle denies deliberately killing Anna, yet Swiss police don’t believe him.
Investigators found one of Anna’s credit cards hidden in one of the hotel lifts and suspect that Schätzle had stolen it from her either before or after her death and hid it.
A prosecution source told The Times: “The claim that she died in a sex game was never convincing. We believe she was murdered for financial gain.”
And while Schätzle and Anna looked like an odd match based on physical appearance – in terms of background, they could not have been more different.
Schätzle’s social media handle is ‘Marc Dirtywhite’ – with Dirty White being a street term for “raw cocaine” and also a white supremacist group biker gang.
There is no suggestion that Schätzle – who is heavily tattooed and has the word “warrior” brandished on his forehead – holds any supremacist views.
Anna, whose granddad was Guy Reed, a prominent owner and breeder of racehorses, was privately educated at Ashville College in England and moved to Berlin after her A-levels.
But judging by their social media posts, the heiress appeared happy with her German boyfriend.
On the evening of Anna’s death they shared a £100 bottle of champagne over dinner before returning to their hotel.
And they were pictured smiling on the terrace of their lakeside hotel after checking into their penthouse hours before the alleged murder.
Schätzle’s ex and mum of his two kids, told a Swiss newspaper that she did not believe he could be responsible for Ms Reed’s death
Michèle Bochsler, who was Schätzle’s partner for eight years, said after his arrest: “I am 1,000 per cent sure he did not mean to kill this young woman.
“He never ever has been violent. Never ever. It’s just not possible.
“I am so sure that he is innocent. It was an accident, it must have been.