Karp. Murdered on beach

Judge: Men accused in TA lynch dangerous

Tel Aviv District Court rules three youths indicted for beating Arik Karp to death will remain in custody until legal proceedings are completed. Justice Hayuta Kochan says there is evidence allegedly proving defendants caused Karp's death

The Tel Aviv District Court on Thursday ruled that three youths accused of murdering Ramat Aviv resident Arik Karp on a Tel Aviv beach in August would remain in custody until the completion of the legal proceedings against them.


According to Judge Hayuta Kochan, there is evidence allegedly proving that the three – Jamil Adas, Abed al-Rahman and another minor – caused Karp's death. "Their dangerousness is shocking," she said.


The prosecutor, Attorney Menachem Mizrahi, expressed his satisfaction with the decision. Dr. Dana Pugach, chairwoman of the Noga Legal Center for Victims of Crime at the Ono Academic College, who represents the Karp family, said there was no doubt that this was a serious incident which justifies the defendants' arrest. She added that they should all pay the price for their actions.


Karp, his wife and daughter were assaulted while walking on the Tel Baruch promenade. The mother and daughter managed to escape, while Karp disappeared. His body was found in the water several hours later.


Defendants in court (Photo: Yaron Brener)


In a previous court meeting, the defendants' lawyers claimed that a long time had passed between the assault and Karp's death, and that therefore is was impossible to determine for certain that he had died from the injuries he suffered in the attack.


The judge ruled that this was a groundless theory which does not match the pathological report, which determines explicitly that the fatal blow which broke Karp's skull and nose was caused by a shoe or fist.


"When adding the defendants' violence – which included strikes, punches and kicks – to the pathological report, one cannot but determine that there is a causal relation between the blows and the death," the judge said.


She added, however, that it was too early for her to rule whether the offense committed was murder or manslaughter.


פרסום ראשון: 11.05.09, 12:21
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