The 15-year-old girlfriend of a teen who was beaten to death by the girl’s stepfather in Beersheba this week was arrested on Wednesday for providing a false account to police.
Arik Rafaelov, 16, laid to rest on Tuesday, was killed after being struck repeatedly by his girlfriend’s stepfather.
Rafaelov’s brother said Arik had been struck with a hammer and kept in
the 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 it,” a Negev Police
spokesman told The Jerusalem Post
on Wednesday. “We
cannot discuss the content of her statement,” the spokesman added.
The incident began on Saturday night, when the youth and his girlfriend
returned home and met the stepfather on a street near the girl’s home.
The stepfather was furious that his stepdaughter has come home late,
and an argument broke out between the two. The man then began beating
the youth, police suspect, causing him severe head injuries. Paramedics
were called to the scene only hours later, evacuating the injured youth
to the Soroka Medical Center in Beersheba early on Sunday. He was
hospitalized in intensive care and declared brain-dead by the hospital;
then declared dead on Monday. Police arrested the stepfather, his wife,
and two of the father’s friends.
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