The Petah Tikva District Court resumed hearing the Rose Pizem murder case Tuesday.
Four-year-old Rose went missing in May 2008. Her body was found several months later, 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.
Ron's Tuesday testimony surprised the court, as he changed his version of the events once more, this time claiming that several days prior to his arrest he told Renault her daughter "suffered an accident."
The child's mother, he said, fainted at the news.
Ron had previously claimed that Renault became aware of her daughter's death only after being taken into custody. This time he claimed she knew the toddler was dead several days before the two were arrested.
"(Marie) could feel something was wrong. I told her the girl was at school and she wanted to see her. She didn’t know what it was, she just felt something wasn’t right," he said.
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After Renault's supposed fainting spell, "She locked herself in the bathroom and wouldn’t come out for hours. She asked me to leave the house and get her and the other children plane tickets to France."
Renault's attorney, Revital Swid questioned Ron regarding his supposed abuse of her client. He refused to answer her questions, admitting only to "being a dominant man."
"I was the one who ran the household. She had very little say in things. I'm a dominant man and I know Marie was scared of me." Ron did concede to physically harming Renault once.
He also testified to being "a ladies' man" adding that the relationship with Renault – 24 years his junior and his son's ex-wife – was "nothing unusual" as far as he was concerned.