THE former girlfriend of a German man who admitted killing his British lover in a “sex game gone wrong” says he is 1000 per cent” innocent.
Anna Florence Reed, 22, was discovered lifeless in the bathroom of a Swiss hotel on Tuesday morning hours after a violent row with her partner, 29, according to reports.
She died of asphyxiation while her heavily-tattooed German boyfriend, identified only as Marc, has been arrested on suspicion of murder in Locarno, Switzerland.
However, the suspect’s former girlfriend, and mother of his children, insisted he is innocent calling the situation “a nightmare.”
The woman, who does not want to be named and lives in Zurich, said: “I’m shocked by what I had to read. It’s a nightmare.”
She said she was “1000 per cent sure” that Marc did not intentionally kill Anna, adding: “That must have been an accident, because I put my hand in the fire.”
Marc, who lives in Zurich and has distinctive facial tattoos, cannot be pictured because suspects are entitled to anonymity under Swiss law.
Hours before her body was found, the couple posed smiling together on the terrace of the posh La Palma au Lac hotel in the picturesque resort shortly after checking in.
On the same day they had been to a nearby boutique where her lover paid for two expensive dresses with cash.
A tailor there said: “She seemed very content and happy with her boyfriend. They seemed in love.”
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Local press said other guests complained at 3am on the Tuesday to the porter after hearing arguing coming from the couple’s room.
A source close to the prosecutor said: “The boyfriend has said it was an erotic game that went wrong. The autopsy initial results have shown she died from suffocation with micro fractures in her bones.
“The full findings will not be known for several days but for the time being there is sufficient evidence to hold him in custody in a local prison.
“He will appear before a magistrate in the next few days.”
Yesterday Anna’s father Clive and sister Millie were not at their home in Harrogate, North Yorks. They were thought to have been on their way to Switzerland having been told of Anna’s death on Wednesday.
A neighbour said it was the second tragedy to hit the family after Anna and Millie’s mum died from a brain aneurysm four years ago.
They were told of her death on Wednesday morning, a day after she had been found, and a neighbour said they had not yet come to terms with the news.
It was the second tragedy to hit the family after Anna’s mum died from a brain aneurysm four years ago.
A neighbour said: “It’s absolutely dreadful. Anna was such a lovely girl, so beautiful.”
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The neighbour added the family were “very wealthy” and Anna’s grandparents had a home in Monaco, while dad Clive is a trustee of Copgrove Hall Stud, in Harrogate, breeding thoroughbred horses.
Yesterday there was no sign of the tragedy at room 501 where Anna died and police had completed their forensic examination with guests coming and going oblivious to what had happened.
A post-mortem examination confirmed that Anna died from asphyxiation while she also had small cuts and fractures on her body, local media reported.
A hotel employee said: “There was a huge row between the couple the night before the woman was found dead.
“Other guests complained and the night porter had to go up and calm the situation down.”
Anna’s “agitated” boyfriend went down to the hotel’s lobby at 6.30am on Tuesday morning to inform staff his girlfriend was dead.
A source at the hotel said they had been due to stay there several days and police confirmed the boyfriend was German but lived in Zurich.
They are thought to have only flown in to Switzerland last week after returning from a holiday in Thailand.
Anna, who wrote on social media under the handle Berlin Baby, had posted several photographs of herself in exotic locations in recent months.
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A spokesman for the Foreign Office said British and Swiss police were in contact with their staff.
He said: “Our consular staff are assisting the family of a British woman following her death in Switzerland and are in contact with the Swiss and UK police.”
The recently refurbished 100-year-old hotel is renowned as the location for the Locarno Film Festival.
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