4 suspects in Tel Baruch murder convicted

Former IDF soldier and three Jaljulya residents failed to prevent the murder of Arik Karp in 2009.

Karp 311 (photo credit: Courtesy)
Karp 311
(photo credit: Courtesy)
Four people accused of failing to prevent the brutal murder of Arik Karp were convicted on Wednesday at the Tel Aviv District Court.
Karp was beaten to death by a gang of intoxicated individuals from Jaljulya in the summer of 2009 on Tel Aviv’s Tel Baruch beach, in a killing which shocked and outraged the general public.
The attack came after Karp was attacked verbally without provocation on his part, police and state prosecutors said.
Wednesday’s convicted individuals included former IDF soldier Or Levy and three residents of Jaljulya, who were with the main murder suspects during the incident. The four were found guilty of passively looking on as Karp was beaten repeatedly and failing to call for help or for police.
Shortly after the incident a year and a half ago, Levy denied the accusations against her, and attempted to distance herself from the main culprits, describing them as “disgusting people” and expressing regret that she had been friends with them.
Later, Levy confessed to failing to prevent a crime.
Levy’s attorney claimed during her trial that she suffered from “below average mental capabilities,” but that claim was rejected by Judge Mordechai Peled, who ruled on Wednesday that there was “nothing to prevent the defendant from acting rather than doing nothing” on that fateful July evening.
A conviction based on the charge of failing to prevent a crime is a rare occurrence in Israel’s legal landscape. Channel 2 said the last person who was convicted of the charge was Margalit Har-Shefi, a former friend of Yigal Amir, who murdered prime minister Yitzhak Rabin in 1995.