Oshrenko suspect rescinds confession

Kirilik, accused of brutally slaying family, blames Israel Beiteinu.

Dimitry Kirilik 311 (photo credit: YAAKOV LAPPIN)
Dimitry Kirilik 311
(photo credit: YAAKOV LAPPIN)
Dimitry Kirilik, who had previously admitted to the October 2009 murders of six members of the Oshrenko family, rescinded his confession at his trial on Sunday at Petah Tikva District Court.
Kirilik claimed that he was pressured by his interrogators into confessing to a murder that he did not commit.
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Kirilik claimed that he is a pacifist that avoids conflict, and has never physically harmed anyone since he was a child. He also said that a man named "Vlad" who is connected to Israel Beiteinu is the real murderer, and paid Karelik to frame himself.
The murder suspect said that his entire family was taken into custody by the police and that he confessed to the crime himself so that they would be released.
Kirilik, 39, is charged with murdering Ludmilla and Edward Oshrenko, both 56, their son Dimitry, 32, and his wife Tatiana, 28, and their children Revital, three, and Natanel, three months old, before attempting to set the Rishon Lezion house ablaze to destroy evidence linking him to the murder.
Kirilik was a former employee at a restaurant owned by the Oshrenko family. He was publicly dismissed by Dimitry Oshrenko in 2007 after he was caught on video drinking on the job, police say. Police believe the humiliation of his firing together with his gambling addiction drove Kirilik to plot the murder and robbery of the Oshrenko family.
Kirilik reenacted the crime for police before making a full confession.
Dimitry’s wife, Natalia Kirilik, who is charged with manslaughter, destruction of evidence, conspiracy and robbery, is also on trial.
Ben Hartman contributed to this report