Police release soldier held in Tel Aviv beach slaying to house arrest
Police released the female soldier suspected of involvement in the beachside murder of Aryeh Karp to house arrest under parental supervision.
She was released yesterday afternoon, after police consulted with the state prosecutor's office.
Karp was beaten to death while out with his family on the Tel Baruch beach last weekend. Eight men from Jaljulya and two women - the soldier and a minor - were arrested in connection to the murder.
Before her release, investigators arranged a confrontation between the soldier and three of the other suspects, one of whom broke down and confessed to his part in the attack on Karp.
However, when the soldier told another suspect she had seen him striking Karp, he accused her of lying and insisted he had arrived at the end of the assault and tried to break it up.
The soldier's father, who was waiting with her mother and friends to pick her up at the Yarkon District police station in Tel Aviv, told reporters he sent his condolences to the Karp family.
"I hope this doesn't happen to any family. Better such a thing shouldn't have happened. It's very difficult for me," he said.
The father said he and the girl's mother had tried to keep her under control "as much as possible. We didn't give her money to buy alcohol or cigarettes."
The father also said he tried to stop his daughter from meeting with her friends from Jaljulya. "Most of the time she listened. This time, it was too late," he said.
After her release, the woman got in the car and the family drove to their home to Kfar Sava. When they saw the large number of journalists waiting outside, they went to the Kfar Sava police station instead and asked that a patrol car accompany them to the house.
The soldier's attorney, Nir Alfasa, from the public defender's office, said: "Starting next Sunday she will be free to go back to her life." Alfasa said the police decided to release his client to house arrest "because of her full cooperation with the investigators."
He added that the police were now treating his client as a helpful witness, rather than a suspect.
"I hope the police won't be ungrateful and indict her," he said.
Alfasa said his client had not participated in the murder.
"Even if she was suspected of obstructing justice because of her behavior after the murder, everything she did from then on advanced the investigation and helped the police."
Alfasa said his client had been filled with regret since the incident began, and wanted to go back to the army and everyday life.
Meanwhile, the suspect who confessed when confronted with the soldier was taken to the Tel Baruch promenade to reconstruct his alleged part in the assault. Police cameras recorded his testimony.
Friends of the soldier said she has not stopped crying since her release to house arrest.
According to one friend, she kept saying: "What have I done? I shouldn't have been there at all. I tried to do what I could to stop it."
Police also conducted a separate confrontation between other suspects and the second woman arrested, a minor.