Police officer: Grandfather admitted to stuffing Rose in suitcase
Senior officers involved in search for murdered four-year-old testify before Petah Tikva District Court, say suspect admitted stuffing child's body in suitcase. Social worker says it took nearly a month to begin search after girl was reported missing
The Petah Tikva District Court saw another day of testimonies in four-year-old Rose Pizem's gruesome murder case.
Rose went missing in May 2008. Her body was found after several months, stuffed in a suitcase submerged in the waters of the Yarkon River. Her mother, Marie-Charlotte Renault, and grandfather, Ronny Ron, were indicted for her murder.
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Taking the stand Monday were Brigadier-General Kobi Cohen, commander of Hasharon Subdistrict Police, and Major-General Ron Gertner, commander of the Netanya police, both of whom were involved in the case and in Ron's questioning from the very beginning.
Cohen rebuffed claims made by the defense as if he assured Ron the police would let Marie go if he gave up the location of the body.
Gertner told the court that he was present for both of Ron's interrogation sessions as well as for the police confrontation between him and Marie. "We took him to Yarkon River that very first night to verify where he said he dumped the body… He said he put the child, who was asleep, in the suitcase and then threw her (in the water)."
Department of Child and Family Services (DCFS) officer Mira Karni took the stand next, telling the court that although Rose was reported as missing on July 17, the search after her began only on August 12.
According to protocol, the initial report was forwarded to the Netanya Municipality Department of Welfare, said Karni. They took two weeks to report the case to the police, explaining the near month between the initial report and the first search of the four-year-old.
In many cases, processing any report takes several days, she said. "It's hardly an ideal situation, but that's just they way things are."