Israel police officers.
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A Kiryat Gat teenager was indicted for manslaughter Friday for allegedly stabbing another local teen to death with a pair of scissors during a late night brawl in the city last month.
Southern District police revealed the details of the arrest Friday, nearly a month after 15-year-old Maor Elmakayes was stabbed in a city park late on the night of October 4th. The suspect was one of four local teens arrested that night, and his remand has been extended repeatedly since as police finished the case.
As prosecutors prepared to issue the indictment on Friday, police described how a brawl between two groups of local youths led to the fight that took Elmakayes’ death.
Police said that a few weeks before Elmakayes’ death, two groups of teens brawled one night in the city. No one was hurt in the fight, but teens from one of the groups decided to take revenge against the other group, which Elmakayes was part of.
On the night Elmakayes was killed, the two groups had set a meeting to “settle the account” at the Park HaShoftim in the city.
After the teens met up, police said Elmakayes was fighting with another teen, whose older brother came to the scene to look after him. At this point, the older brother – who was indicted on Friday – pulled out a pair of scissors would had been broken in two and turned into a makeshift blade and plunged it deep into Elmakayes’ back.
The single blow proved fatal, with Elmakayes bleeding to death on the pavement as the other teens scattered. That same night four suspects were arrested, including the suspect indicted Friday for manslaughter.
Police said the suspect confessed to the stabbing, and went with detectives to recreate the crime at the scene. When asked by officers why he stabbed Elmakayes he said only “I don’t know what got into me at the moment”, police said.