Ilya Romanov
Israeli man detained in Antigua for attempted murder
Haifa-born sailor Ilya Romanov is arrested in Antigua for allegedly slashing a man's neck in a scuffle; while locals frame him as the instigator, Romanov claims attack was made in self-defense.

Ilya Romanov, a 30-year-old Israeli sailor, has been detained on the island of Antigua since Friday on assault and attempted murder charges he claims was in self-defense.



At around 4 am on Saturday in English Harbour, a passing vehicle pulled up beside Romanov.


According to local media, an argument erupted between him and the four passengers of the vehicle after Romanov allegedly threw wine into their car. Over the course of the altercation, Romanov—in proclaimed self-defense—threw a wine glass he was holding to fend them off, injuring one of them in the neck.


Ilya Romanov
Ilya Romanov


He was arrested several hours later, and was brought to court on Wednesday.


Although the initial police report indicated that Romanov was believed to be heavily intoxicated at the time, it is not yet clear whether or not that was revealed to be true.


Romanov has had a car accident in the past and is crippled in one of his hands. His lawyer claimed he threw the glass to defend himself, as he had no other choice due to his disability.


The Foreign Ministry is in contact with the family and is working to assist as much as possible, but its members can not intervene in legal proceedings in another country.


Romanov's partner, Masha Shatilova, said he left Israel a few months ago.


"He was Skipper but since the accident was not employed," noted said, adding that from what they know person he injured, a local named Ross Bloomfield, is conscious and in good condition.


"The lawyer allowed me to talk to Ilya, the situation there is not good. It's an isolated place, and the rules are unclear," she added, lauding his calm temper and attitude and pled, "we must help him, they must understand that this was self-defense."


Ahiya Raved, Itamar Eichner and Lior Mor contributed to this report.


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