Man charged with murdering Peruvian embassy employee

Vargas is accused of beating to death 45-year-old Castillo, who was assistant to the military attache at Peruvian Embassy in Tel Aviv.

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October 23, 2011 23:26
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An indictment has been filed in the Central District Court accusing a 24-year-old man of murdering Rodrigo Castillo Cordova, an employee of the Embassy of Peru, the Justice Ministry announced on Sunday.

Segundo Florinda Levy Vargas is accused of beating to death 45-year-old Castillo, who had worked as an assistant to the military attache at the Embassy of Peru in Tel Aviv.

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According to the indictment, Vargas planned to kill Cordova, with whom he shared an apartment in Ramle, after suspecting the Peruvian had begun to have sexual relations with Vargas’s 20-year-old girlfriend.

On September 18, Vargas, allegedly a skilled martial arts practitioner and member of the Wing Chun martial arts organization, is charged to have launched a physical assault on the Peruvian.

Using his martial arts skills, Vargas allegedly struck Cordova repeatedly, causing severe injuries to his head and neck.

The indictment also charges Vargas with tampering with evidence in order to hamper any criminal investigation.

Vargas put on gloves and cleaned up the crime scene as Cordova’s body lay bleeding on the floor, according to the indictment.

He then allegedly changed his clothes, showered, covered his head and left the apartment with the clothes he had worn during the murder, which he disposed of in a nearby garbage can.

Vargas, who has been remanded in custody in the light of alleged evidence against him, is to be brought before an arraignment hearing in the Central District Court on October 30.


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