The Petah Tikva District Court has sentenced Ronny Ron on Monday to life in prison for the murder of his 4-year-old granddaughter Rose Pizem.
Rose's mother, who was convicted of soliciting for murder in the case, received a life sentence as well.
Judge Avraham Tal rejected a request made by Ron's attorney to allow his client to testify one more time. The attorney introduced a new defense during Monday's hearing, claiming that his client's martial arts training turned the blow he gave the girl lethal.
Throughout the trial, Ron claimed that Rose died when he smacked her innocently, and that he did not intend to kill her. Ron's defense attorneys intend to reopen the case, but elements in the prosecution said that the new strategy has no merit to change the verdict.
"Even if we would have accepted the defendant's version, we would not have accepted his claim that he hit her accidentally. Anyone who hits a 4-year-old girl – a little girl, with his mighty hand – indeed intends to cause her death," Tal said during the hearing.
Ron and Pizem were convicted
last month. On May 10, the day after the conviction, Marie Pizem's mother, Isabelle Day, committed suicide
by jumping off the 60-meter (197 feet) Bruton Bridge in Normandy, France.
The judges addressed Marie Pizem's involvement in her daughter's death during Monday's hearing.
"The defendant (Pizem) solicited and persuaded the defendant (Ron) to get rid of Rose, while being aware of the influence she has on him and the possibility of the deadly outcome," they said. "She wished for the deadly outcome, even if it was a last resort. The defendant (Ron) – following repeated imploration, due to his violent personality, and without finding another solution – decided to kill Rose and drown her in the Yarkon River."
Yoav Zitun contributed to the report