Schumi thief commits suicide

By admin
08 August 2014

The man suspected of stealing Formule 1 hero Michael Schumacher’s medical records was found dead in his cell on Wednesday, according to AFP.

The man, whose identity is not known, was arrested on Tuesday on a charge of stealing Michael’s medical records with the intention of selling them to the media. He had worked for the Swiss helicopter emergency service that transported Michael from France to Switzerland in June.

On 29 December 2013 Michael suffered severe head injuries during a skiing accident at a resort in France. He spent five months in hospital in the French city of Greboble before being transferred to Switzerland.

The alleged thief denied the accusation and was held in a police cell in Zurich, Switzerland. According to AFP police officials said he’d displayed no sign of suicidal tendencies or mental illness.

According to Motorsport.com he’d tried to sell the medical records for about R721 000.

The records weren’t published.

Michael’s manger, Sabine Kehm, said in a statement his family were shocked by the incident. According to AFP prosecution authorities in Zurich are confident the late man was behind the theft of the reports and there’s convincing evidence of his guilt.

Sources: AFP; Motorsport.com; The Guardian

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