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The Central District Court in Petah Tikva sentenced a Yavne man to life in
prison plus an additional 12 years on Thursday, after finding him guilty of
murdering his friend and raping the victim’s mother. The judges ruled that the
additional 12 years will run concurrent with the life sentence.
January 2010, Andrei Liushchenko stabbed his friend, known only as S.K., to
death in S.K.’s Rishon Lezion apartment. He then raped S.K.’s mother at
knifepoint, and subjected her to a terrifying and brutal ordeal that lasted a
day and a night.
Liushchenko was convicted of murder, rape, sodomy while
using a weapon, tampering and destroying evidence and obstructing the
The court also ordered Liushchenko to pay S.K.’s mother
NIS 200,000 compensation.
In sentencing Liushchenko, the panel of judges
– Ruth Lorch, Zahva Bustan and Tsvi Dotan – said that the circumstances of the
crimes had been “exceptional.”
“The complainant was treated with sadistic
cruelty that harmed her on several levels,” the judges said. In an impact
statement to the court, S.K.’s mother revealed that since the incidents, she has
been “behaving like a robot, trying to function and to keep herself busy to
avoid those thoughts and emotions that would cause her to break
S.K.’s mother told the court that her murdered son was “all her
dreams and hopes” and that the two had “lived for each other.”
been a dutiful son, and a source of pride, because he supported the family
financially and because he had completed his military service as a combat
soldier, his mother said.
The judges noted that in her statement, S.K.’s
mother had referred mainly to the damages caused her as a result of her son’s
murder, not to the traumas she had suffered because of her rape and
The complainant was surviving “using dissociation and reduction
coping mechanisms,” the judge said, adding that she had not yet been able to
work through the traumas resulting from the sexual violence.
Liushchenko expressed remorse for his crimes, which he blamed on the fact that
he had been drinking. His defense attorney, Tali Gotliv, said Liushchenko knew
he must be punished for his crimes, but asked that any additional sentence
imposed for the rape run concurrent to the mandatory life sentence for murder.
According to the indictment, on January 2, 2010, the night of the murder and
rape, Liushchenko and S.K. had gone to S.K.’s apartment after drinking alcohol
together. After sleeping for several hours, S.K. awoke up and demanded
Liushchenko leave his apartment. Liushchenko then punched S.K., knocking him
back onto his bed. He grabbed a kitchen knife and stabbed S.K. 12 times in the
abdomen, chest and neck, stopping his attack only when he was sure S.K. had
Immediately afterwards, the indictment said,
Liushchenko went into S.K.’s mother’s room and ordered her to wake up. After
beating her and threatening her with the knife, Liushchenko forced S.K.’s mother
to undress and perform a sex act on him. He then raped her several
However, S.K.’s mother’s ordeal continued as Liushchenko kept her
imprisoned at knifepoint throughout the day, forcing her to accompany him
wherever he went. At one point, the indictment said, S.K’s mother saw her son’s
bloody corpse lying on his bed and began to shout at Liushchenko, who threw her
onto the floor and began to beat her, then stabbed her in the stomach.
S.K.’s mother begged for her life, Liushchenko punched her in the
The next morning, January 3, S.K.’s mother waited until
Liushchenko was asleep before going into her son’s room. Seeing her son’s
lifeless body, the distraught mother began to scream at Liushchenko, who beat
At 10 a.m. that same morning, S.K.’s mother asked Liushchenko to
give her money for a taxi. After Liushchenko threatened to kill her, she
persuaded him she would tell police that the bruises on her body were from a
fall down the stairs.
As a result of her ordeal, S.K.’s mother was
hospitalized with multiple hematomas and several wounds to her intestines and
spleen. She required surgery to remove her spleen.
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