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The Beersheba District Court sentenced Mazal Bar-Osher on Wednesday to 24 years
in prison for the murder of her neighbor, Tali Atar, and the manslaughter of
Atar’s unborn child. Bar-Osher was also sentenced to a further two years
The murder occurred on June 13, 2010 when Bar-Osher stabbed
Atar, a mother of three, in the apartment building where the two women
According to the charge sheet, an argument had begun earlier that
day between Bar- Osher and Atar after Bar-Osher had thrown a box of coffee and
salt at the entrance to Atar’s apartment. The two women continued to argue and
curse each other throughout the morning.
At one point, Bar-Osher called the
police and told them “she’s threatening me and now I’m going to go and stab her.
I’ll cut open her stomach.” Shortly afterward, Bar-Osher stabbed Atar
repeatedly, including in the heart.
Afterwards, she called the police
again and confessed she had stabbed her neighbor.
Atar, who was seven
months pregnant, was rushed to Kaplan hospital in Rehovot, but died despite
attempts to resuscitate her. Atar’s baby was delivered by Caesarian section but
died a few days later.
Despite the severity of the case, the Beersheba
District Court did not rule that Bar- Osher should pay compensation, because
Atar’s family intended to file a civil suit instead.