A German nightclub bouncer who killed his girlfriend after she spent tens of thousands of pounds on him has been sentenced to 18 years in prison.
Marc Schatzle strangled Anna Florence Reed with a towel in the couple’s luxury hotel room on the shores of Lake Maggiore in Switzerland.
The court heard that the 22-year-old, who came from a prominent horse racing family, had lavished nearly £ 50,000 on Schatzle during their three-month relationship.
But on April 9, 2019, when she threatened to leave him, he killed her.
Schatzle, a heavily tattooed bodybuilder and father of two, had attempted to claim he accidentally choked Ms Reed during sex.
But his story was rejected by a panel of judges.
Today, as he declared Schatzle guilty of “intentional homicide”, Judge Mauro Ermani, president of the Lugano Criminal Court, declared: “This was intentional homicide of a particularly high level, close to murder.
“His guilt is in a very high degree. He has proven himself capable of killing a young woman who had given him love and money, as he was unable to contain his emotions when he felt abandoned.”
The judge said Schatzle’s defense that Ms Reed’s death was the result of sex play that “ended badly” was “practical”.
He said: “The woman was killed with an intentional act.
“Death by strangulation is not instantaneous: whoever provokes it has time to see what is happening, sees the victim suffocate but does not stop.”
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Ms Reed’s devastated family will never know the exact sequence of sordid events in the early hours of April 9, 2019, or even the time of death.
During his trial, Schatzle tried to convince the court that the couple had engaged in a sex game which “ended badly”.
“Anna loved it when I strangled her,” he said.
But the prosecution argued he murdered Ms Reed, whose wealth he attacked.
Prosecutor Petra Canonica Alexakis told the court how the penniless Schatzle stole Ms Reed’s credit card hours before killing her and hid it in a panel in the ceiling of the hotel elevator where it was discovered five months later.
Just days before her death, Ms Reed informed him that she had received £ 30,000 from a relative.
In contrast, Schatzle’s bank had blocked his credit card and he had the equivalent of just £ 163.41 in his pocket.
The prosecutor said: “In February 12,000 Swiss francs (£ 9,500) came out of his account. The following month it was 37,000 (£ 29,200) and in April it was 13,000 (£ 10,200).
“During all this time, Schatzle’s account showed an expenditure of only 45 Swiss francs (£ 35).”
Schatzle, 32, was born in Jestetten in Baden-Württemberg, in southwestern Germany.
In addition to the tattoos on her face, her knuckles bear the initials FTW – F *** The World.
He claimed to have slept with hundreds of women over the years and to have had several previous convictions.
In 2018, he was given an eight-month suspended prison sentence for assaulting a 17-year-old boy. And in 2015, he was jailed for six months for theft and was ordered to undergo drug treatment.
On social networks, he used the nickname “Marc Dirtywhite”. Dirty White is the street slang for raw cocaine.
The Dirty White Boys are also a group of white supremacists.
Schatzle recently worked as a nightclub bouncer and lived in the Swiss city of Zurich.
It was here that he met his ex-partner Michele Bochsler, the mother of his two children.
Although she abandoned them and did not pay child support, she supported him.
She said she believed “a thousand percent” that he had not intentionally killed Ms. Reed.
Ms. Reed, who was educated privately, came from a very different background than her killer.
She and her sister Millie grew up in Harrogate and attended Ashville College, which brings in £ 10,000 a year.
The Reed family is well known in the area. They run the 300-acre Copgrove Hall Stud, founded by Ms. Reed’s great-uncle Guy Reed, a prominent racehorse owner and breeder.
Mrs. Reed herself was an accomplished horse rider and her father Clive is a stud farm administrator. The family also owns a property in Monaco.
But in 2014, when Ms Reed was 17, her life was turned upside down when her mother Mary died after falling down the stairs after suffering an aneurysm. She was only 49 years old.
Ms Reed was devastated and, as a friend put it, “she went off the rails.”
Poignantly, a crumpled photo of her mother was found under the bed in the hotel room where Ms Reed died.
After her death, she was described by friends as “bright, beautiful and bubbly”.
At the time of her death, she was not working but had a sabbatical year funded by her wealthy father.
She met Schatzle in Thailand just three months before her death. The couple spent time in Berlin before going on vacation on Lake Maggiore.
They checked into La Palma au Lac in Locarno, a four-star hotel with 68 rooms, and paid a premium to get room 501, a junior suite on the top floor.
After a night out, they got back to the hotel around 2:30 a.m.
Other guests heard the couple arguing, glass was shattered, the phone was torn from the socket, and the word “money” was clearly heard before Ms Reed shouted “You are killing me” or “You are killing me”. you laugh at me “.
It was never determined which of those words she shouted.
According to the prosecution, Ms Reed had died before 4 a.m. But it wasn’t until 6 a.m. that Schatzle frantically left the room to alert the staff.
Ms Reed’s heartbroken family did not attend the grueling trial in person.
In an impactful statement, her father and sister said, “Anna would light up a room when she walked in and she loved to dance, she loved her friends and she always took care of them.
“They knew they could count on her and she was very generous.
“Anna was also very athletic. She loved horses, swimming and skiing, she even learned to be a ski instructor. He was a very spontaneous and sociable person.
“When she died, it was her last summer of freedom before she came back to reality because she was going to go to college to study math.”