A homeless man stabbed to death a fellow squatter in an abandoned building on
Tel Aviv’s busy Dizengoff Square, following an argument over a miniature
sculpture, according to an indictment served in the Tel Aviv District Court on
According to the indictment, the accused, 42-year-old Arkady
Dorfman, frequented the abandoned building near Pinsker Street for years,
spending the nights in a room there.
For around three years before he was
fatally stabbed, 50-year-old Dmitry Dikhana also slept in the Dizengoff Street
building, although the two men had different rooms.
Dikhana was an
artist, the indictment said, who would create miniature models and sculptures
from pieces of glass in his room.
On June 3, the night Dikhana died,
Dorfman had been sitting in his room, using a computer perched on a footstool
and chopping vegetables with a knife.
With him were two friends, Leonid
and Kosta, the indictment said.
At some point that evening, the
indictment said, Dikhana burst into Dorfman’s room, and slapped him in the face,
accusing Dorfman of smashing one of his glass miniatures.
sparked a quarrel between the two men, the indictment said, during which Dikhana
came into Dorfman’s room several more times, each time accusing Dorfman of
breaking the glass sculpture.
At one point, Dikhana even threw the broken
miniature at Dorfman, the indictment alleges.
In response, Dorfman went
over to Dikhana and the two began to shout at each other, until Kosta broke up
Dikhana went back to his room, but then returned to spit at
Dorfman, the indictment said.
Allegedly, Dorfman took his knife and
stabbed Dikhana in his left thigh.
The six-centimeter-deep stab wound hit
an artery, the indictment said, but Dorfman did not stop his attack, stabbing
Dikhana once more in his arm.
After the stabbing, Leonid and Kosta called
for an ambulance, and took Dikhana out of the building.
emergency assistance but Dikhana died at the scene from blood loss. Dorfman is
charged with manslaughter.
Alongside the indictment, the Tel Aviv
District Attorney also filed a request that Dorfman be remanded in custody
through the legal proceedings against him.
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