Ronny Ron, who was convicted of the murder of his granddaughter Rose Pizem four years ago, on Saturday appealed his life sentence claiming it was his partner, Marie-Charlotte Pizem, who had killed her 4-year-old daughter.
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Rose Pizem went missing in May 2008. Her body was found stuffed in a suitcase in the Yarkon River four months later. Ron and Marie-Charlotte Pizem were sentenced to life in June last year, after Ron admitted hitting Rose, his granddaughter and his partner's daughter, thus causing her death.
Ron was found guilty of murder after he acknowledged striking the girl in a fit of rage, but denied any intention to kill her. Rose's mother was convicted of soliciting her daughter's murder.
Now, in a retraction of his admission, Ron says it was Marie-Charlotte Pizem who killed Rose, and he had admitted doing it only to protect her. He says he discovered Rose's death only after the fact and assisted his partner in throwing the body into the Yarkon River, according to the appeal.
Ron says the police promised him at the beginning of his interrogation that his partner would be released if it transpired she was not involved in the killing. He says they realized that all he wanted was her release, "even to the extent of taking the blame on himself," the appeal states.
He says he was denied consultation with a lawyer and had not been cautioned in the interrogation. He claims the police infringed on the confidentiality between himself and his lawyer and says his interrogation violated human dignity. He also says the police exercised unreasonable mental pressure on him by bringing his underage daughters to the police station during his questioning.
"The appellant will say he is not a murderer. He had no motive to murder Rose. He loved her dearly, saw her as a daughter ... wanted to adopt her legally and fought to raise her in Israel. Marie, on the other hand ... did not want Rose in her life ... and consistently said she didn't want her," the appeal states.