The 15-year-old girlfriend of a teen beaten to death by her stepfather in Beersheba this week was arrested on Wednesday for providing a false account to police.
Arik Rafaelov, 16, was laid to rest on Tuesday. He was killed after being struck repeatedly by the stepfather. Rafaelov's brother said the murder victim had been struck with a hammer and kept in stepfather's home for hours before medical attention was sought, when it was far too late. Police are investigating those claims. According to some reports, Rafaelov's girlfriend told police that her stepfather was unarmed during the incident, matching an account given by her stepfather and mother.
Police refused to confirm the reports. "We think her statement to us was false, and the court will have to look into this," a Negev Police spokesman told The Jerusalem Post
on Wednesday. "We cannot discuss the content of her statement," the spokesman added.