This morning at the Bangkok Criminal Court, Spaniard Artur Segarra was found guilty of murdering his fellow countryman David Bernat last year and was sentenced to death.
The 39-year-old had denied all 13 charges against him, including abduction, extortion, torture, murder and concealment of a body.
However, after a lengthy trial that seen prosecutors call over 40 witnesses, including Segarra’s former girlfriend whom he tried to pin the killing on, the panel of judges found him guilty on all counts.
David Bernat went missing on January 20th 2016, the day after he arrived in Thailand, and it’s believed he was killed between January 25-27 after being kidnapped, forced to transfer millions of baht through online banking transactions before being murdered.
His bank cards were also used by Segarra to withdraw substantial amounts of cash from ATM machines in several provinces before he fled the country.
Segarra fled across the border into Cambodia and was captured by local police on February 7th at guesthouse in Sihanoukville.
Despite being handed the death sentence, Segarra will likely appeal and have his sentence reduced to life in prison.