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Spaniard sentenced to death in Thailand for grisly murder

BANGKOK: A Thai court sentenced a Spanish man to death on Friday for the grisly murder of a fellow Spaniard whose dismembered body parts were discovered in Bangkok s main river last year.

Artur Segarra, 38, was convicted of kidnapping and killing 40-year-old David Bernat in an effort to steal tens of millions of baht from the businessman, according to a verdict read out at Thail s Criminal Court.

Forensic evidence such as blood stains and fingerprints on (Segarra s) electric grinder had DNA that matched the victim, the judge said, adding that CCTV footage and testimony from Segarra s maid and girlfriend also implicated him in the killing.

Therefore the judge sentences the defendant to death on the grounds that he committed premeditated murder in order to steal the victim s money.

While death sentences are still on the statute books in Thailand it is rare for prisoners to be executed. The last execution was in 2009.

Segarra, who had denied a

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