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Rose Pizem murder: Ronny Ron appeals conviction

Grandfather of slain 4-year-old changes stories again, blames mother Marie for murder

Aviel Magnezi
Published: 12.16.12, 14:22 / Israel News

Ronny Ron who was convicted of murdering his granddaughter Rose Pizem is appealing his conviction and blaming his partner, Marie Pizem, for the murder.

 

On Sunday, Ron filed an appeal challenging both his conviction and sentence. "I am not the murder, I had no motive to murder Rose, I loved her dearly," he said.

 

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Ron is claiming that Marie, Rose's mother and former wife of his son Benjamin, committed the act. "He did not know about it in advance and discovered about it only after the act," his lawyer claimed.

 

Ron is claiming he only helped Marie throw Rose into the Yarkon river and that he regrets it to this day. In the past he defended Marie and related in detail how he killed Rose himself.

 

According to the appeal, Ron confessed to the murder "as a result of his mental state at the time and a manipulative interrogation he had undergone."

 

The appeal further states that Ron was denied the right to an attorney throughout his interrogation which lasted well over a month.

 

It was also claimed that he was not aware of his rights during the first days of the interrogation and that police violated his attorney-client privilege by recording secret conversations with his attorney.

 

Rose was last seen in May 2008 but a search was launched only two months later as the authorities were not aware of his disappearance. Her body was ultimately found inside a suitcase at the bottom of the Yarkon river.

 

In May 2011, the Petah Tikva District Court convicted Ronny Ron of the murder and Marie-Charlotte Renault of solicitation to murder.

 

During his interrogation Ron changed stories several times. Throughout his trial he claimed he hit Rose without intention to harm her and that the blow had killed her.

 

At one point he claimed Marie was not aware that her daughter had died and that informed her of Rose's death after police had arrived. The version stated in the appeal had never been communicated to the police or the court.

 

Naama Cohen-Friedman contributed to this report

 

 

 

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