Bangkok: Appeals Court upholds death sentence on Spaniard

The Appeals Court has upheld the death sentence handed down on a Spanish man for murdering a fellow Spaniard and dumping his dismembered body in the Chao Phraya River back in 2016.

From El Pais, April 21, 2017 – A Spanish national was on Friday given the death sentence after being found guilty by a Thai court of murdering fellow countryman David Bernat in Bangkok. The victim had traveled to the Asian country in January 2016 for a vacation. Hours after arriving, he met with Segarra to have drinks, and after midnight, the pair went to the condemned man’s apartment. There he was held captive for six days, until he was killed and dismembered by Segarra, according to the police investigation into the case.

According to the original verdict, between January 20-26, 2016, Artur Segarra tortured and later murdered David Bernat in a room of PG Condominium on Rama IX road, dismembered his body and then dumped the body parts at various spots in the Chao Phraya River. He also stole 734,940 baht from the murdered businessman.

He was charged with kidnapping, torture, premeditated murder, and concealing the body. Segarra denied the charges. The Criminal Court on April 21, 2017 sentenced him to death and ordered him to pay compensation to Bernat’s relatives. Segarra appealed.

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