Court upholds Se­garra ver­dict

Bangkok Post - - NATIONAL - POST RE­PORTERS TAWATCHAI KEMGUMNERD

The Ap­peal Court yes­ter­day up­held the death sen­tence handed down to a Span­ish man con­victed of mur­der­ing and dis­mem­ber­ing the body of a fel­low Spa­niard two years ago.

Ar­tur Se­garra Prin­cep, 39, was charged with pre­med­i­tated mur­der, de­stroy­ing and con­ceal­ing a hu­man body, il­le­gal de­ten­tion, and other charges in con­nec­tion with the death of David Ber­nat, 41.

Se­garra, who had en­tered pleas of not guilty, was con­victed by the Crim­i­nal Court last year and given a death sen­tence.

He was taken to the court­house from Bang Kwang Cen­tral Prison yes­ter­day to hear the Ap­peal Court’s rul­ing.

The Ap­peal Court stood by the lower court’s rul­ing and sen­tence. An in­ter­preter was pro­vided at the hear­ing.

Se­garra was ar­rested in Fe­bru­ary 2016 at the Thai-Cam­bo­dian bor­der in Trat’s Klong Yai district.

The grue­some mur­der case came to light on the morn­ing of Jan 30, 2016, when com­mu­nity res­i­dents near a pri­vate ship­yard close to Wat Kharue­ha­bodi, on the banks of the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok’s Bang Ph­lat district, found an arm float­ing in the river.

Later, sev­eral more body parts were dis­cov­ered float­ing in the river in var­i­ous lo­ca­tions in the prov­inces of Non­thaburi and Pathum Thani.

Po­lice later iden­ti­fied them as be­long­ing to Ber­nat, a con­sul­tant to a for­eign com­pany.

The prose­cu­tors sub­mit­ted the in­dict­ment against the de­fen­dant to the court in early May 2016.

Ac­cord­ing to the pros­e­cu­tion, be­tween Jan 20 and Jan 26, 2016, Se­garra forcibly kept his busi­ness friend Ber­nat in a room at PG Con­do­minium on Rama IX in Huai Kh­wang district and tor­tured him into trans­fer­ring 10 million baht into his bank ac­count.

Se­garra with­drew about 700,000 baht in cash be­fore killing him in the room.

The vic­tim’s body was frozen be­fore Se­garra dis­mem­bered the corpse and dropped the bagged pieces in the Chao Phraya River.

Ar­tur Se­garra Prin­cep pre­pares to be taken to hear the Ap­peal Court’s rul­ing yes­ter­day.

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