Zehava Chikol 370.
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The Central District Attorney’s Office submitted an indictment on Monday in the
Lod District Court against Eritsia Akalsongo, for the dramatic murder of
20-year-old Zehava Chikol, whose body was thrown half-naked out of a window from
the eighth floor of Netanya’s Carmel Hotel on March 26.
Akalsongo is a
friend of a foreign Maccabi Netanya FC player, known only as “A.A.” under a gag
order. The indictment said that Akalsongo was homeless and, sometime prior to
March, asked A.A. if he could stay with him in his room at the hotel. Initially,
the professional soccer player was also arrested in connection with the murder,
but he was not indicted on Monday.
Akalsongo, a Congo native, confessed
to the crime and reenacted Chikol’s murder for detectives, but may contest his
earlier confession, according to prior court proceedings.
the indictment, Akalsongo owed Chikol NIS 200. On March 26, the indictment
alleges, Chikol confronted Akalsongo about his debt to her and he attempted to
evade paying. When Chikol threatened Akalsongo that if he did not pay her, she
would open a window and scream that he had raped her, Akalsongo decided to
strangle her to death, according to the indictment.
Akalsongo then threw
her body out of the window of the room, the indictment said.
requested a special procedure for taking A.A.’s testimony on the issue prior to
trial, as A.A. plans to leave the country at the end of his current contract
with Maccabi Netanya FC in May.
Normally, testimony can only be made once
a trial starts, but exceptions are sometimes made such as when the witness may
no longer be available to testify in the future.
The state also requested
to continue Akalsongo’s detention until the end of the proceedings.
arraignment is scheduled for May 6 and the detention hearing is scheduled for
According to prior proceedings, Akalsongo and A.A. denied
the charges during initial questioning but later began to implicate one another.