September 27, 2022

He’s led a charmed life as the blond-haired surfer married to a wealthy lawyer and enjoying a life of luxury. 

But 17 years after police allege he murdered his 25-year-old German girlfriend and hid her naked body under palm fronds, Tobias Friedrich Suckfuell – aka Toby Moran – is headed for a prison cell.

The 42-year-old – whose teen sweetheart Simone Strobel’s decomposing body was found near their Lismore campsite in 2005 shortly – was dramatically arrested on Tuesday in Perth and charged with her murder.

He is being extradited to Sydney to face court on Thursday. 

Toby Moran (above when he was Tobias Suckfuell with then girlfriend Simone Strobel) has been charged with her 2005 murder in Lismore and extradited from Perth to Sydney

Toby Moran is handcuffed and led away from his wealthy wife’s multi-million dollar Perth beach shack for extradition to Sydney where he will face court on Thursday charged with murder 

The former Tobias Suckfuell, has been living under his new name Tony Moran with wealthy lawyer and yoga instructor wife Samantha Moran (pictured above) in the elite Perth suburb of City Beach for more than a decade

WA Police footage shows detectives arresting and handcuffing Mr Moran outside his home in exclusive City Beach, Perth where he has been living with his pregnant wife Samantha Moran, their two young children and pet dog Mango.

The modest-looking multi-million dollar fibro house in a street of mostly high-end rebuilds is owned Ms Moran’s wealthy parents, who live in the same suburb. 

Tobias Suckfuell and Samantha Moran – who is also a yoga instructor – were married in 2012 at his family’s farmhouse in Altbessingen, Germany, just 30km from the Wurzburg home of Ms Strobel’s parents. 

Mr Moran, who left Australia after Ms Strobel’s alleged murder and led a carefree nomadic existence surfing the world’s top spots, met Samantha in South Africa.

They moved back to Perth and Tobias Suckfuell became Toby Moran – a house husband and part-time builder while continuing to live the high life jet-setting to beaches in Bali and Mexico.

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Mr Moran has never previously been charged over the murder of Ms Strobel, a kindergarten teacher who backpacked to Australia with her then boyfriend of more than six years.

But a Supreme Court judge has ruled in a civil case there are ‘reasonable suspicions’ that Mr Moran killed Ms Strobel at the Lismore caravan park in 2005. 

Toby Moran (above with wealthy wife Samantha) has been living the high life in a luxury beach shack owned by his wealthy dentist father-in-law in the elite Perth suburb of City Beach

The grieving parents of Simone Strobel (left) in Bavaria have been seeking answers for years since her 2005 alleged murder after last being seen on CCTV (right) six days before her naked decomposing body was found pushed through a fence near the Suckfuell siblings’ campsite

The decomposed body of Ms Strobel was found covered in palm fronds and pushed through the fence of a bocce court 90m from where she and Mr Moran had been camping with his sister Kathrin and her friend Jens Martin.

Ms Strobel’s body was found six days after she vanished following a drinking session between the four German tourists in a local Lismore hotel.

Neither Mr Moran nor his sister Kathrin returned to Australia to appear at the subsequent inquest into Ms Strobel’s death.

But Jens Martin did testify and claimed that all three had lied to police at Mr Moran’s behest about their actions before Ms Strobel disappeared.

Ms Strobel’s grieving parents Gustl and Gabi Strobel have spoken to German newspapers over the years, saying they have endured ‘agonising uncertainty’ since their beloved daughter’s death. 

Ms Strobel’s mysterious death also became the subject of a book, Have You Seen Simone? written by Virginia Peters.

Simone Strobel (above in the same outfit she was last seen wearing on CCTV) was found decomposing and covered in palm fronds, pushed through the fence of a bocce court 90m from the caravan park where she and Mr Moran had been camping with his sister Kathrin

The fibro house owned by Samantha Moran’s family is in a street of multi-million dollar knockdowns in the same suburb as her wealthy parents, John and Sandy

In 2014, Mr Moran took out an injunction to prevent its publication, and then launched a defamation suit against Ms Peters and Schwarz Publishing, but dropped the lawsuit in 2017.

However, during the defamation suit’s process called discovery, the defence applied for the release of papers called ‘the 100-page Document’. 

SIMONE STROBEL TRAGEDY

Simeone Strobel and Toby Moran – then known as Tobias Suckfuell – arrived in Australia for a one-year working holiday in August 2004, and travelled along the east coast.

Tobias’s sister Kathrin and Jens Martin arrived on Australia Day 2005 to join the couple for a month.

On February 11, the four young Germans arrived at Lismore Tourist Caravan Park, and adjourned to the Gollan Hotel for a drinking session.

Tensions erupted between Tobias and Simone, who argued at the campsite, after which Simone disappeared.

The next day, Jens and Kathrin began to look for Simone.

On February 13, the three checked out of the caravan park before reporting Simone’s disappearance to police.

Four days later, on February 17, 2005, a police dog handler discovered Simone’s body hidden in the grounds of the Lismore Continental Club’s bocce courts.

The three travellers laid flowers at a makeshift memorial in the club grounds with Ms Strobel’s brother who had flown out from Germany.

Both Suckfuell siblings and Jens Martin returned to Germany, but only Mr Martin flew back to Lismore for the 2007 inquest. 

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In 2017, Mr Moran applied to block these documents on the grounds they were the subject of legal professional privilege and included notes written by himself and Samantha in South Africa which allegedly discuss the ­circumstances of Ms Strobel’s death.

The West Australian newspaper has previously reported Ms Moran said the couple was looking forward to commenting on the Ms Strobel’s case in the future, but would not speak publicly before then.  

Toby and Samantha met in South Africa after he left Australia following Simone’s alleged murder and have lived a comfortable life with the help of her rich Perth family

Simone Strobel and Tobias Suckfuell (right) are seen on CCTV leaving Lismore’s Gollan hotel on February 11, 2005 when it is said the couple argued over tensions in their relationship

Photo of Tobias and Simone during their backpacker holiday in Australia which has been signed by him with a romantic message to his then girlfriend of more than six years

Tobias Suckfuell (above) in a NSW Police interview following the discovery of his then girlfriend’s body pushed through a fence near their campsite in Lismore

Toby and Samantha (above) are expecting their third child just as he has been extradited from Perth to NSW to face charges of murdering his ex-girlfriend in a Lismore caravan park in 2005

NSW Police told the inquest they believed Ms Strobel had been killed by smothering, most likely with a pillow.

In 2020, the NSW government offered a $1 million reward for information over the homicide.   

Detective Cameron Blaine, who arrested Mr Moran on Tuesday, was among senior detectives who found missing four-year-old Perth girl, Cleo Smith, last year.

Mr Moran is being extradited from Western Australia and will face Sydney’s Downing Centre local court on the murder charge on Thursday, when he is expected to be remanded in custody to await trial.

Police prosecutors are expected to oppose any bail application by Mr Moran’s lawyers.