Israeli Man Indicted for Pushing Partner Off a Balcony, Then Planning to Kill Her at Hospital

The case against 32-year-old Shaul Karni had been closed for lack of evidence, until he recently turned himself in over the 2018 assault

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A protest in Tel Aviv last year against violence against women.
A protest in Tel Aviv last year against violence against women.Credit: Ofer Vaknin
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An Israeli man has confessed to attempting to kill his partner by pushing her off a balcony in 2018, according to an indictment filed against him on Thursday.

Thirty-two-year-old Shaul Karni had been suspected of the attempted murder shortly after the incident, but the case was closed at the time for lack of evidence.

Karni, a resident of the West Bank settlement of Etz Efraim, recently turned himself into the police and confessed to attempting to kill Charlotte Alvarado.  

According to the indictment filed by the Central District prosecutor's office, Karni pushed Alvarado off a third-floor balcony, seriously injuring her. She was hospitalized at Beilinson Hospital in Petah Tikva for about two months. 

She is a Colombian national and had a child with Karni. According to the indictment, Alvarado went out with friends and Karni then waited for her to return and asked her to go up to their roof to help him hang laundry. Following a short conversation about their relationship, he allegedly pushed her off a third floor balcony.

About a month into her hospitalization, Karni allegedly staged a car accident and was taken to Beilinson Hospital by ambulance. He  attempted to find Alvarado at the hospital and kill her but left after failing to locate her, according to the indictment. 

Police said that at the time of the incident, they could not file an indictment against Karni due to missing details that rendered the case at the time one of "his word against hers." Alvarado, who has since recovered, was able to give a detailed account of the events.

In the course of his confession a month ago, Karni confessed to the initial attempt to Alvarado as well as his second alleged effort to kill her in the hospital. According to the police, Karni refused legal advice and said he came to confess to "cleanse himself" for the new year. 

The Magistrate's Court in Petah Tikva ordered Karni examined to determine his mental condition and was found sane. His lawyer, public defender Fadi Hamdan, argued in court that Karni did not intend to kill his partner and that his actions may have been the result of drug use.  

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