Found dead 27th May 2012
Tuanjai Sprengel (43) was found dead in an underpass under a duel carriageway in the Bullbrook area of Bracknell, Berkshire on 27th May 2012.
Muhammed Shafi (28), Ms Sprengel’s partner, from Basemoors in Bracknell, Berkshire, has been charged with her murder. He will appear at Reading Crown Court. He is reported to be from Pakistan and to speak little English.
A post mortem disclosed that Ms Sprengel was severely beaten over the head with a blunt instrument. She had also been stabbed in the neck, although police say this was not “relevant to her cause of death”.
Detective Chief Inspector Steve Tolmie, who is leading the investigation, said: “The victim died as a result of severe blunt force trauma to the back of her head. There was a small puncture wound to her neck which would have bled but it is not relevant to her cause of death.”
Ms Sprengel, a Thai national who worked as a masseuse and who is reported to have been a proficient kick-boxer, had only been in Britain for a couple of years. She was known as “Tuk” by her friends. She lived with Shafi in a flat not far from where her body was discovered.
It is reported that, before she moved to Britain, Ms Sprengel may have been married in Germany and had a child. She has no known relatives in this country. After the killing, Thames Valley Police said they were still attempting to “identify and locate any family elsewhere”.
Ms Sprengel’s body was found by gardeners Lee Paul-Ferris (26) and his brother Glenn (22). Mr Paul-Ferris said she was dressed in evening wear and lying in a foetal position in the underpass. He said: “There was blood everywhere, all around her body and all up the wall. She was lying chest down in the foetal position.”
Locals said the underpass was often used by people returning home from bars and clubs nearby.
Note: This report was drawn from reports in the Daily Telegraph, the Guardian, All Voices and the Sun.