Nightclub Owner, Manager Arrested After Patron Suffers Critical Injury

A female soldier was critically injured in the Forum nightclub in Be’er Sheva on Friday night when a man dancing on the stage fell on her.

Shirly Seidler
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Shirly Seidler

The owner and manager of a Be’er Sheva nightclub in which a woman was critically injured last weekend when a man fell on her have been arrested on suspicion of causing injury through negligence, operating a business without a license, violating the terms of a license and obstructing an investigation.

Doron Ganon, a female soldier from Kiryat Gat, was at the Forum nightclub last Friday night with friends when a man who was dancing on the stage above where she was sitting fell and landed on her. Ganon suffered a serious head injury and was taken to Soroka Hospital where she underwent surgery. Her condition is still critical.

Yesterday, Southern District Police Commander Yoram Halevy ordered the establishment of an investigative team to examine the circumstances of the incident, as well as the licensing and security arrangements at the club.

Police are investigating possible negligence on the part of the club and whether the number of patrons at the time of the incident exceeded the club's legal capacity.

Galia Ganon, Doron’s mother, said the family hopes the guilty parties will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

“It’s no consolation, but we’re glad an investigation has been launched and that they will find those responsible so that others won’t get hurt in the future. Throughout the incident, Doron was not treated properly. She understood right away what was happening and kept shouting that she couldn’t feel her body, and her friends also cried out for help but no one took them seriously. They thought she was just drunk. They kept on dancing while she lay there for fifteen minutes and almost stepped on her. And when they finally called Magen David Adom, they said it was to come collect an intoxicated woman.”

The arrests were made on the basis of questioning following the incident and evidence from the scene. Those arrested are due in the city’s Magistrate’s Court for a hearing on extending their remand this afternoon.

“We welcome any investigation that sheds light on the circumstances of Doron’s injury and are cooperating fully with the police," the nighclub said in a statement.

"The Forum group is praying for Doron’s wellbeing and wishes her a speedy recovery. However, we firmly reject any claims meant to impugn the Forum’s conduct on the night of the incident, in particular the claim that the number of people present in the club exceeded the legal capacity.”

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