German woman killed in Tobago, no longer a safe destination

Tobago Police are unsure of the motive for the killing of German national Claudia Feldmeier on Thursday [February 19, 2009]. The killing of the 46-year-old German woman has again rocked Tobago’s image as a safe tourism destination.

According to police reports, the incident occurred at the Summerland Suites at Bon Accord Development shortly after 6 pm. The hotel is a stone’s throw from the Shade Night Club, and approximately 500 metres from the villa where Swedish nationals Anna Sundsval and Ake Olsson were killed in October 2008. Members of the Special Anti-Crime Unit (Sautt) went to Tobago to assist with the probe.

A male suspect, who is in his fifties, was assisting police with their investigations. Feldmeier was the assistant manager and receptionist of the hotel. Police said the discovery was made by a co-worker, after hearing screams and pounds on his door for help. On checking, the woman was found dead. Her throat was slit. Police said the woman came to Tobago in October 2008, and began working at the hotel on December 11, 2008.

This killing brings Tobago’s murder toll to five for 2009
The Tobago Homicide Bureau is continuing investigations. The double murder of the Swedish Nationals also occurred on a Thursday in the same area and remains unsolved.

Police quiz South African
A South African national, believed to be in his 50s, is assisting Tobago police in their investigations into the death of German national Claudia Feldmeier. Investigators said she had a stab wound to the neck.

Assistant Commissioner of Police Nadir Khan confirmed that several people had been interviewed, and a suspect was now in police custody, a release from the National Security Ministry stated yesterday. It was also confirmed that the suspect knew the victim, the release stated.

“We are continuing our joint patrols with the army and are maintaining a high visibility on the island,” Khan is quoted as saying.