Shane Warne’s van invader exposed
The woman who managed to enter the van carrying Shane Warne’s body has been identified as German national Barbara Woinke.
She was at the center of an investigation into a potential security breach involving the Australian cricket legend’s body, which was captured on video.
Prior to Warne’s autopsy, she was able to get into an ambulance carrying Warne’s body and spend more than half a minute alone in the vehicle.
Thai authorities were told the woman knew Warne personally, prompting them to grant her access to pay their respects.
Now her identity has been revealed as Woinke, a former entertainment and travel writer living in Thailand.
The Australian newspaper reports that she has worked for publications such as Instyle, Glamor and Bunte.
Barbara Woinke has been identified as the woman who entered the van carrying Shane Warne’s body.
Before moving to Koh Samui in Thailand, she lived in Berlin, Paris and New York – according to an online German bookseller selling her travel guide to Lake Garda in northern Italy.
“(Ms Woinke) always has her passport and driver’s license in her purse just in case,” the biography reads.
She was the entertainment editor of Glamor magazine in 2010.
A video posted to YouTube in September last year shows Woinke in Koh Samui promoting a tourist networking group called Skal International.
“Hello, my name is Barbara Woinke. I’m from Munich Germany and here in Koh Samui Thailand I’m on the Skal Koh Samui Membership Committee,” she said.
“I have to say that Skal is the most amazing networking group I have ever known. Even though we work in the same industry, it’s never a competitive feeling, it’s more the opposite.”
A biography posted online by another employer – Kamalaya Wellness Resort and Health Spa Retreat – said she managed the resort’s public relations in 2020.
He also said she was a flight attendant for German airline Lufthansa, where she allegedly served and interviewed a host of famous actors and singers.
Footage showed Woinke carrying a small bouquet of flowers and approaching the ambulance transporting Warne’s body from Koh Samui, where he died, by ferry to the mainland.
Woinke told the ABC she just wanted to honor him and didn’t want to hurt him.
“I’m a huge fan of his. It’s very sad that we lost him. I just took the flowers to offer my condolences,” she said.
“I’m sorry for yesterday but I [did] does not mean [any] negative act by it. I’m a big fan, he’s a big player.”
Thai authorities are investigating a potential security breach involving the body of cricketing legend Shane Warne, who was caught on camera. Picture/ABC
She was accompanied by a Thai woman who spoke to authorities near the ferry ramp entrance, reported by ABC to be immigration officers.
The woman says in English “yeah, yeah, she knows him”, followed in Thai by “thank you very much, she’s a friend”.
They are both then escorted through parked cars to the ambulance where the German woman approaches the driver’s side window, holding up the flowers to show them to the driver.
The driver then gets out and walks around the sliding side door of the ambulance, opens the door for the woman who enters and closes it behind her.
There are concerns about the time the woman has spent unaccompanied by Warne’s body.
Thai police, however, told a news conference on Monday evening that the women had done nothing against the law.
Shane Warne with his children Jackson, Summer and Brooke.
On Monday evening, members of Warne’s family spoke of the difficulty of the past few days as they struggled to come to terms with his loss.
Warne’s parents, Keith and Brigitte, described it as a “never-ending nightmare”.
“Finding words to adequately express our sadness is an impossible task for us and looking forward to a future without Shane is inconceivable. I hope the mountain of happy memories we all have will help us deal with our continuing grief,” they said. they stated.
Son Jackson described Warne as “the best father and companion one could have asked for”.
“To my brother, my best friend, to my dad, I love you so much. I don’t think anything can ever fill the void you left in my heart. Sitting at the poker table, walking around on the golf course, watching the Saints and eating pizza will never be the same again,” he said.
The 52-year-old died of a suspected heart attack on March 4 at a luxury resort villa where he was staying with three friends on Friday evening.
Police confirmed Monday evening that the cause of death was natural causes.
“Today, investigators received the autopsy result, in which the medical opinion is that the cause of death is natural,” Thai National Police deputy spokesman Kissana Phathanacharoen said in a statement. communicated.
As Australians and the global cricketing community reeled at the shock news of Warne’s death, he was transferred from hospital in Koh Samui to a larger hospital capable of carrying out an autopsy on Sunday.
The transfer was delayed while the necessary paperwork was arranged, the Herald Sun reported.
After reaching the mainland, the ambulance drove to a hospital in Surat Thani city, where doctors performed the procedure to determine the exact cause of death.
It is not known how long the results will take to be published.
Australia’s Ambassador to Thailand, Allan McKinnon, said hospital staff were facilitating the return of Warne’s remains to Australia as soon as possible.