Damian Karlik looked on impassively as the Central District Court handed down
six life sentences on Tuesday, one for each of the six members of the Oshrenko
family he murdered.
The 39-year-old sat upright in the dock, flanked by
Prisons Service guards, and did not appear to flinch as judges Avraham Tal, Ruth
Lorch and Tsvi Dotan read out the sentence.
Prosecutors want 6 life sentences for Oshrenko massacre
Tal reminded the court that
Karlik had been found guilty
of the October 2009 murders of Ludmilla and Edward
Oshrenko, both 56; their son Dmitry and his wife Tatiana, 32 and 28; and their
children Revital, three, and Nataniel, three months old.
took the lives of three generations of the Oshrenko family: the grandmother and
grandfather, the parents and their children, who were asleep in their beds as he
stabbed each one multiple times,” Tal said.
Karlik was also found guilty
of robbing Edward Oshrenko and of attempting to destroy evidence of the
“Karlik was not satisfied with taking the lives of the Oshrenko
family,” the judge said. “As he had planned, he set fire to a towel in the
kitchen and managed to burn part of the apartment to remove traces of himself,
then stole cash from Edward and Dmitry.”
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Afterwards, Karlik asked his
wife, Natalia, and his father to hide his bloody clothes and the knife he had
used to kill the Oshrenkos, the judge said.
After the murders, Karlik and
his wife initially fled to Taba in Egypt via Eilat, planning to fly from there
to Russia, but were arrested when they recrossed the border into
Karlik’s co-defendant, his wife Natalia, was charged alongside
her husband in connection with the murders. She was sentenced to 13 years of
imprisonment last November after being convicted in a plea bargain of
manslaughter, conspiracy to commit a crime and destroying
According to the indictment, Tal recalled, the motive for the
massacre had been Karlik’s increased hatred of the Oshrenkos, after they fired
him from a wait-staff job at their Rishon Lezion family-owned restaurant, the
Premier, in 2008.
Karlik’s wife, Natalia, began working at the restaurant
soon afterwards, and the couple began to plot revenge, at first deciding to rob
To carry out the robbery, Natalia stole the Oshrenkos’
keys and copied them.
The robbery plans instead resulted in a bloody
Shortly before 2 a.m. on October 17, 2009, Karlik went to the Oshrenkos’ apartment.
First, he woke Ludmilla, the family’s
grandmother, stabbing her in the stomach as she cried for help.
first murder, Natalia telephoned her husband and told him that the rest of the
Oshrenkos were on their way home. Damian Karlik brutally stabbed Ludmilla’s
husband Edward and then Tatiana as they arrived at their
Tatiana’s three-month-old baby Nataniel then woke up and began
to cry. Karlik strangled the baby, then picked him up and threw him so hard
against the floor that his skull was fractured.
Karlik then stabbed the
baby to death.
After murdering Nataniel, Karlik stabbed the child’s
The last member of the family to die was
Karlik lay in wait for him, and when he came home, at 6 a.m., he
unleashed a frenzied knife attack against his former employer, stabbing him at
least 38 times. He then set fire to the apartment, after stealing cash belonging
to the Oshrenkos.
In addition to the six life sentences, the court also
sentenced Karlik to an additional 10 years in prison, to run concurrently with
his life sentences, for robbery and plotting a crime.
The judges said
they did not accept a request by Karlik’s defense attorney, Uri Keynan, to
refrain from imposing additional penalties on top of those for the murder
charges, on the grounds that the arson, robbery and conspiracy charges were “an
integral part of the events” of the murders.
In addition, Karlik was
ordered to pay compensation totaling NIS 458,000 to various relatives of the
Oshrenko family, including Jana Oshrenko, the daughter of Ludmilla and Edward
The court said the sum of NIS 16,646 it had confiscated after
the government sold Karlik’s car would be forfeited to the state.
the sentence was read, Karlik whispered briefly to his interpreter before
Prisons Service guards led him out of the dock.
Outside the courtroom,
Karlik’s defense attorney told reporters that the defense team planned to study
the sentence in full before deciding within a month whether to appeal to the
Keynan said the sentencing had come very soon after the
verdict but declined to discuss any aspect of his client’s case with the
Karlik denies murdering the Oshrenkos, although he admits to being
present at the time of the killings. Karlik testified in his own defense that
another man, whose identity is unknown, murdered the family.
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