The Tel Aviv District Attorney’s Office served indictments in the Tel Aviv
District Court on Thursday charging two Ukrainian citizens with the murder of
Dr. Eli Laluz, a 70- year-old French chemistry expert with a PhD from the
Weizmann Institute in Rehovot.
Anna Komishyn, 30, and Marina Tarasenko,
24, allegedly murdered Laluz as part of a plot to rob his apartment. Paramedics
found Laluz’s body in his burned-out apartment near Tel Aviv’s Dizengoff Street
in December. He had been stabbed to death and his body set
According to the indictment, Komishyn entered Israel on a tourist
visa in September, while Tarasenko was residing in Israel illegally; it is not
known how or when she entered the country.
Both women, who worked as
prostitutes, were acquainted with each other and lived together in an apartment
In addition to premeditated murder, the two women are charged
with conspiracy to commit a crime, murder while committing robbery, murder in
order to evade punishment for another crime, arson, destroying evidence and
The indictment alleges that Laluz had first become
acquainted with Komishyn about a week before his murder, when she visited him in
his apartment to perform sexual services. He allegedly paid Komishyn NIS 200 and
200 euros on that occasion, and the two discussed the possibility of a further
According to the indictment, following this initial encounter,
Komishyn told Tarasenko that Laluz had money in his apartment, and the two
hatched a scheme to rob the septuagenarian.
The two women allegedly
decided that Komishyn would set up a second meeting with Laluz, telling him that
she was bringing a friend and that the two would have sex with
Having gained access to his apartment, the two planned to rob him
after first spiking his drink with the illegal drug Ecstasy (MDMA), the
Komishyn and Tarasenko allegedly put their plan into
action late on December 26, when they went to meet Laluz in his apartment. After
drinking alcohol together, the two women allegedly distracted him and slipped
the Ecstasy into his drink.
As the 70-year-old lay naked on his bed with
the two defendants, the indictment continues, they decided to murder him in
order to carry out their robbery plans. Tarasenko went into Laluz’s kitchen and
took two knives, handing one to Komishyn, and the two then put a pillow over the
victim’s head before stabbing him nine times in the chest and neck, the
One of the stab wounds penetrated the main artery in
Laluz’s neck, and another his right lung.
He lay on his bed bleeding to
death, but the two defendants allegedly shoved him onto the floor, pushing his
body between the bed and the wall.
The two then placed two plastic bags
over his head, pushing them into his neck, according to the
They then allegedly searched the apartment for valuables,
stealing NIS 1,200, 100 euros and a television set.
The indictment says
the two women collected the two knives they used to stab Laluz, the glasses from
which they had drunk, the bottle of alcohol and the victim’s two cellphones and
put them into a plastic bag, to conceal the evidence against them.
same end, it continues, they decided to set fire to Laluz as he lay in the
bedroom, choking on his own blood, his head still covered with the plastic
Together, Komishyn and Tarasenko allegedly placed a blanket over
Laluz’s body, poured alcohol over it and then set fire to it, then left with the
bag containing the murder weapons, cellphones and drinking glasses, closing the
bedroom door behind them and leaving Laluz to die.
The indictment charges
that the two took a taxi home to Ashdod and dumped the bag of evidence in a
garbage can several blocks from their apartment.
indictments, the Tel Aviv District Attorney’s Office also served a request that
the two women be remanded in custody for the duration of legal
Attorney Snait Fisher-Aharoni said in the remand request
that the murder had been “deliberate, determined and planned” and the two
defendants had committed “severe violence against a 70-year-old man” and “used
any means, however cruel, to kill him and mutilate his body.”
to the remand request, forensic evidence against the two defendants includes
Komishyn’s DNA found on a cigarette butt left in Laluz’s
apartment.Yaakov Lappin contributed to this report.