Israeli gets death sentence for Nonthaburi killing

Shimon Biton is taken into custody following the discovery of body parts at his Nonthaburi home in November last year. (Post File Photo)

An Israeli man has been sentenced to death for murdering and dismembering a countryman in a fit of jealousy in Nonthaburi last year.

Shimon Biton, 50, admitted to killing 62-year-old Eliyahu Cohen and burying parts of his body in freshly poured concrete under the stairs in his home.

Biton was arrested along with his 17-year-old son when police found traces of blood and then discovered some of Cohen’s remains in concrete at their home in the Phattharawan housing estate in Bang Bua Thong district of Nonthaburi in November 2016. 

Biton, who has a long criminal record and was a former police informant in Israel, told police he had killed Cohen, reportedly a friend, after discovering that he had had an affair with Biton’s wife, Nantiya Saengurai.

Ms Nantiya disappeared before the killing took place. Her family believes she is also dead and they suspect Biton of involvement in her disappearance after he gave them conflicting accounts about what had happened to her.

Biton has 30 days to file an appeal against the death sentence handed down on Thursday. His son is to be transferred to a juvenile court for sentencing.

The reported that Biton was found guilty of robbing and attacking an old woman in Israel in the 1990s. He was sentenced to five years in jail but escaped before entering prison. He was caught four years later in Belgium and extradited to Israel where he served two years, then fled to Thailand during a furlough.

He was eventually extradited back to Israel after spending time in jail in Thailand for concealing a body, and became a police informant following his release from jail two years later.

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