Petah Tikva man indicted for murder during brawl at wedding

February 22, 2010 03:51

Key testimony comes from waitress, who told police suspect ran into kitchen, grabbed a 30-cm knife off the wall.

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Murder suspect Aviv Ben-Bassat

Aviv Ben-Bassat. (photo credit: Channel 2)

Aviv Ben-Basset, 21, from Petah Tikva, was indicted by the city’s district court in Sunday for the alleged stabbing murder of the owner of the Ganei del Vino banquet hall at a wedding there last month.

The victim, Ro’i Bring, a father of two from the city, was killed when he tried to break up a fight that started after a celebrant accidentally stepped on the shoe of a friend of Ben-Basset’s on the dance floor.

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Ben-Basset was arrested along with three other suspects on January 29, a week after the killing.

One of the key testimonies against Ben-Basset came from a waitress at the wedding hall, who told police that while the fight was going on outside, she saw Ben-Basset run into the kitchen and grab a 30-centimeter knife off the wall. He then allegedly turned to her and made a hand signal telling her to be quiet, before he ran to the parking lot.

According to the indictment, when Ben-Basset arrived outside he saw Bring tangling with some of his friends, and he charged the wedding hall owner and stabbed him twice in the stomach, severing a major artery. Bring was rushed to the hospital and died shortly thereafter of blood loss.

The indictment says Ben-Basset “was a full participant in the brawl” that led to the murder and that the fact that he ran into the kitchen to grab a knife invalidates his contention that the stabbing was in self-defense.

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