Middle East

Rose Pizem murder: Mother and grandfather get life

Rose Pizem (file image)
Image caption Rose Pizem's disappearance in 2008 sparked a massive search

The grandfather and mother of a four-year-old girl whose body was found in a river in Tel Aviv in 2008 have been given life sentences for murder.

An Israeli court found Ronny Ron guilty of murdering French-born Rose Pizem; and her mother, Marie-Charlotte Renaud, of soliciting the murder.

Authorities say Ron killed the girl in a fit of rage.

The murder by the couple, who were lovers, shocked the Israeli public and triggered a debate on child welfare.

Rose's disappearance in May 2008 triggered a huge search and made headlines across the country.

Police divers found her body in a suitcase pulled from the Yarkon river in September year.

The parents, Marie-Charlotte Renaud and Benjamin Pizem, had moved to Israel from France in 2004 as Mr Pizem tried to reconcile with his estranged Israeli father, Ronny Ron.

But the couple divorced the following year after Mr Pizem discovered his wife was having an affair with his father.

Mr Pizem took Rose back to France but after a long custody battle Rose moved to live with her mother and grandfather in Israel in 2007.

Prosecutors said that after killing the girl, Ron stuffed the body into a suitcase and threw it into the river.

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