Edan Ohayon’s lawyer admitted on Thursday that his client stabbed Gadi Vichman, the Beersheba father who was killed on May 4 when he asked a group of noisy adolescents to quiet down at 2 a.m. so his baby daughter could sleep.

The killing astounded the country with the ferocity with which, according to the indictment, an 18-year-old was ready to murder a concerned father.

The event was also dramatic because Gadi’s wife, Michal, watched the alleged murder from their window and was at her husband’s side as he died.

There was also criticism of police for ignoring Gadi Vichman’s request for assistance, made two hours before he went outside to confront the noisy teenagers.

The officer who ignored the call for help subsequently lied, saying she had come to the scene, and later admitted she had not.

Ohayon’s formal admission of stabbing Vichman, 36, made via his attorney, Rotem Tubol, is significant in that it means he will at least be convicted of manslaughter.

However, Tubol left the question of whether the event was manslaughter, or the more serious crime of murder, vague enough so that Ohayon’s defense will still be able to argue that point.

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