MADRID, Nov. 20 (EUROPE PRESS) –
The Supreme Court of Thailand has decided to maintain the death penalty sentence imposed on Spanish Artur Segarra for the kidnapping and murder of also Spanish David Bernat in 2016, local newspaper 'The Bangkok Post' reported.
Segarra has been transferred from the Bang Kwang Central Prison to the Central Criminal Court to hear the court ruling. Upon entering, he greeted the Spanish journalists who were waiting at the courthouse doors.
Segarra was sentenced to capital punishment for premeditated murder, concealment of the body, illegal detention and theft. Prosecutors in the case told the court that they tried the facts that parts of the body had been found on the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok and in the provinces of Nonthaburi and Pathum Thani on January 30, 2016. Subsequently, it was confirmed that the mortal remains were by David Bernat.
The court based its ruling on circumstantial evidence and images of surveillance cameras, witness testimonies and that of a servant and Segarra's girlfriend, as well as DNA samples of Segarra and the victim collected from a freezer and a grinder electric.
The court concluded that Segarra took his co-worker David Bernat on January 19, 2016 to a room in an apartment building, where he was murdered on January 19, 2016, dismembered his body and then threw the remains in several bags in different points of the Chao Phraya river.
Segarra fled after the murder and was arrested on February 7, 2016 in the town of Sihanoukville, in Cambodia, from where he was transferred back to Thailand. In addition to the death penalty, Segarra has been sentenced to pay 734,940 bahts (about 22,000 euros) to the victim's family in compensation for the money stolen from the victim using his credit card.
Segarra's lawyer said Wednesday that his client will exercise his right to request a pardon and serve the prison sentence in Spain.