Asher Faraj, a 78-year-old resident of Holon, was named as the assailant who burned nurse Tova Karero, 56, to death at a Holon medical clinic on Tuesday.
The Tel Aviv Magistrate’s Court extended Faraj’s remand by eight days and ordered that the murder suspect go through a psychiatric evaluation.
Faraj, whom police said was “apparently not satisfied” with his treatment, doused Karero in flammable liquid that he allegedly brought with him and lit her on fire. He then fled by car and was soon apprehended. When questioned, he told police that he admitted to throwing the flammable liquid, but did not mean to kill her.
Faraj’s lawyer requested that he be sent for medical evaluation in a clinic not connected to Clalit (where the victim was employed) to avoid creating a conflict of interests. However, the request was rejected by the court on the grounds that it “attacks the integrity of Clalit medical teams.”
The decision by the court called the case a “tragedy” that highlights the “frequently occurring violence medical staff endures from patients,” Channel 2 reported.
Scene outside clinic in Holon where woman was allegedly set on fire on March 14, 2017 (credit: MAGEN DAVID ADOM)
A woman named Dorit who witnessed the shocking event told Army Radio on Tuesday: “The door to Room 6 opened and suddenly I see a bottle on fire – a plastic juice bottle that was thrown into the room. All of a sudden there was black smoke and boom-like explosions.”
According to the Israel Medical Association between 2014 and 2016, there were some 3,000 instances of verbal or physical violence in hospitals and clinics.
Judy Siegel-Itzkovich contributed to this report.
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