Yavne resident indicted for murder, rape

Lushchenko, 24, allegedly killed his friend, then raped victim's mother.

January 27, 2010 10:35
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Yavne resident indicted for murder, rape

murder crime scene 248.88. (photo credit: Channel 2 (file))

Yavne resident Andrey Lushchenko was indicted on Wednesday for murdering his friend, 28-year-old Rishon Lezion resident Sergei Kolsnikov. According to the indictment filed at the Petah Tikva Magistrate’s Court, Lushchenko went on to rape and assault his friend’s mother for a 24-hour period after the murder.

Lushchenko, a former IDF combat soldier who made aliya in 1996, admitted to the crimes during his police investigation.

According to police, Kolsnikov, Lushchenko and another friend met to drink alcohol at a Rishon Lezion park on Friday night, January 1. At 3 a.m., after several hours of drinking, Lushchenko and Kolsnikov went to the latter’s apartment.

When they arrived at the apartment, Kolsnikov fell asleep, and the defendant surfed the Web and listened to music. At a certain point, Kolsnikov asked Lushchenko to leave, and in response, the defendant allegedly slapped his friend in the face and stabbed him twelve times with a kitchen knife. Lushchenko only stopped stabbing his friend when he was sure he was not longer breathing, according to the indictment.

The defendant allegedly then went to Kolsnikov’s mother’s bedroom, punched her and waved the knife in her face. He forced her to undress and raped her several times, the indictment claims.

On Saturday morning, when she asked him if he had murdered her son, the defendant allegedly beat her, stabbed her in the abdomen and told her that Sergei was sleeping “because he swallowed pills and drank Vodka.” After stabbing her, Lushchenko allegedly refused to call an ambulance for Kolsnikov’s mother, though she begged him to do so.

On Sunday, January 3, Lushchenko allegedly forced Kolsnikov to lie to her boss and tell him that she would not arrive to work because she was not feeling well. After the phone call, Kolsnikov allegedly entered her son’s room again and realized that he was dead, not asleep. When she shouted at the defendant, he beat and stabbed her again, the indictment claims.

Lushchenko only left the Kolsnikov’s apartment at 10 a.m. on Sunday, allegedly forcing the woman he raped to give him money for taxi fare and threatening to murder her if she told anyone what had happened. When he arrived at his home in Yavne, Lushchenko disposed of his bloodied clothes as well as the murder weapon, continued the indictment. 

The prosecution asked the court to extend Lushchenko's remand until the end of the proceedings.

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