The Petah Tikva District Court on Monday convicted Damian Karlik of murdering six members of the Osherenko family in Rishon Letzion two years ago. Karlik was also convicted of conspiracy to murder, theft, and arson.
In 2009, 32-year-old Dmitry Oshrenko, his 28-year-old wife Tatiana, and their children Revital, 3, and Netanel, aged four months, were found dead in their Rishon Letzion apartment along with grandparents, Edward and Ludmilla, both 56. Five of the six victims had sustained stab wounds.
Karlik had initially told police he killed the Oshrenkos, but later retracted his confession.
During the court ruling, the judges rejected Karlik's version of events, where he claimed he was not guilty and that the murderer of the Osherenko family was a different man named Vlad.
The prosecutor in the case, Oded Keller, said he was glad Karlik's Vlad account was proven false.
"This is one of the gravest cases of murder in Israel and we will demand that the court hand him an appropriate punishment," Keller said.
Dmitry Osherenko's family was targeted by Karlik after he was fired from the Osherenko family restaurant Premier for stealing a bottle of vodka. Karlik claimed he felt humiliated and began to nurture his hatred for his former boss.
Karlik, whom the police say is a compulsive gambler, spent huge amounts of money at gambling venues and allegedly began to plan his revenge on Osherenko four months ago with his wife Natalya, who was convicted of manslaughter and was sentenced to 13 years in prison in a plea bargain.
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