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A 16-year-old high-school student charged with fatally stabbing Beersheba
teenager Philip Geller pleaded guilty to manslaughter charges in the Beersheba
District Court on Monday.
The defendant, who cannot be named because he
is a minor, admitted the charges as part of a plea bargain agreed with state
As the defendant is a minor the plea bargain does not
include any deal regarding punishment. Instead, that will be determined by the
court in the light of a probation service report, the Southern District
Attorney’s Office said on Monday.
The defendant was arrested after
fatally stabbing Geller, 15, with a 20-cm.
kitchen knife during a fight
on June 3 last year. After the stabbing, the Beersheba police confirmed that the
teenagers had been drinking alcohol, which they said played a role in the
The Southern District Attorney’s Office originally considered
pressing murder charges against the 16-year-old, but filed a manslaughter charge
after deciding there was no unequivocal evidence that Geller’s killing was
According to the indictment, Geller was at a party at the
defendant’s home when the two started a fist fight. The fight broke up and the
defendant went home, but Geller and several other youths soon returned to the
yard outside the defendant’s house.
The defendant threatened to stab
Geller with a knife if he did not move from the yard, the indictment
Geller told defendant to put the knife down “if he were a man”
and asked to continue fighting without weapons.
However, some moments
later Geller threw a rock at the defendant’s head, causing injury, according to
The defendant then stabbed Geller in the groin with such
force that the knife’s handle broke off.
The defendant fled the scene,
while Geller was rushed to the Soroka University Medical Center in Beersheba
where he underwent emergency surgery, but the doctors were unable save his life.