Man beaten to death by masked men in trailer home

Lod police looking for suspects after man, well-known to police, found beaten to death in village of Kfar Truman.

June 3, 2013 20:25
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Israeli Police at crime scene [Illustrative]

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Police from the Lod subdistrict and the YAMAR investigative unit are looking for suspects in the murder of a Kfar Truman resident found beaten to death in his trailer home inside the village early Monday morning.

A senior official with the Central District Police said on Monday that the victim, 46- year-old Shimon Tirush, was well known to police, with a criminal record tied to his involvement in illegal gambling rings.

Tirush had returned to his home on Sunday night with his girlfriend when he was ambushed by two masked men who were waiting inside his caravan. The two men beat him unconscious and then fled the scene, at which point his girlfriend called the police.

Lod Police commander Doron Turgeman told reporters at the scene of the murder that officers received a call of a robbery at Kfar Truman at about 1:30 a.m., and that when they arrived they found the victim lying in the entry way of his home. Turgeman added that paramedics spent 30 minutes trying to revive him before ruling him dead.

A senior Central District official said that police ruled out a botched robbery very early on, due to Tirush’s background and the location of the killing.

Tirush was killed inside his caravan, located in an open area on the edge of the village. The run-down trailer park included a number of security cameras positioned around the perimeter, “each of which was worth more than the trailer,” the police official joked. He added that Tirush appeared to be someone who was hiding out and knew that people were coming after him, probably because of an outstanding debt.

Kfar Truman is a small moshav located in the Shfela area only 3 km. from Ben-Gurion Airport. Israeli mob kingpin Meir Abergil owns a house in the moshav and has lived there in the past. Central District Police dismissed a connection between Abergil and the murder on Monday.

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