Damian Karlik
Damian Karlik. Photo by Motti Kimchi
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The Petah Tikva District Court sentenced Damian Karlik to six life sentences on Tuesday after he was convicted of murdering six members of the Osherenko family in Rishon Letzion two years ago.

In 2009, 32-year-old Dmitry Osherenko, 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.

Last month, the Petah Tikva District Court convicted Karlik of murdering the Osherenko family. Karlik was also convicted of conspiracy to murder, theft, and arson.

In addition to the six life sentences, Karliak was handed a ten-year sentence for breaking into the home of the Osherenkos, arson and other criminal charges. He was ordered to pay compensation of between NIS 50 and 258 thousand to relatives of the Osherenkos.

Karlik had initially told police he killed the Osherenkos, 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.

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 before the murder took place with his wife Natalya, who was convicted of manslaughter and was sentenced to 13 years in prison in a plea bargain.