Nahariya woman, 61, gets 7 yrs. in jail for causing roommate's death

September 19, 2007 15:29


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A Nahariya nursing home resident was sentenced to seven years in prison on Wednesday for causing the death of her roommate last December. The judge at the Haifa District Court also ordered the woman - Esther Shemi, 61 - to pay NIS 10,000 in damages to the deceased's heir. Shemi recounted how her 92-year-old roommate had screamed at the top of her lungs and disturbed her sleep. Shemi then took the woman's respirator and beat her on the head and face with it in order to quiet her down. The roommate was taken to the hospital for her injuries. She later died in the nursing home's geriatric ward, where her death was discovered by chance. No autopsy was performed on the body.

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