Tel Aviv Teen, Boyfriend Charged for Fatally Stabbing Twin Sister 'Over 130 Times'

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Shiri Sobol and David Eran at their arraignment in Tel Aviv District Court on Thursday. In the picture, each of the suspects sits on a wooden bench, hands covering their faces. Guards stand nearby and the two are on separate benches.
Shiri Sobol and David Eran at their arraignment in Tel Aviv District Court on Thursday.Credit: Moti Milrod

David Eran and Shiri Sobol, both 18, were charged on Thursday with the murder of Sobol’s twin sister, Hili, in Tel Aviv on February 18. According to the indictment, Eran stabbed his girlfriend's twin sister over 130 times.

The two, who were also charged with criminal conspiracy and obstruction of justice, appeared at the arraignment in the Tel Aviv District Court Thursday morning. The court ordered inpatient psychiatric observation for both defendants.

According to the indictment, over the years the twin sisters argued on several occasions, eventually causing a “strong hatred” in Sobol toward Hili. At one point Hili was charged with assault and battery of Sobol and their mother, after which Hili was removed from the home and placed in a residential facility for troubled teens.

Eran and Sobol began dating two and a half years ago, states the indictment, which went on to say that Sobol was dominant in the relationship. She knew Eran would do anything she asked from her in order to make her happy and to continue their relationship going.

Beginning in July 2015, states the indictment, they exchanged text messages in which Sobol expressed her fears and frustration about Hili’s living in the apartment with Sobol and their mother, as well as the desire to see her sister dead. She wrote Eran many such messages, including: “I’ve had it, I’m sick of living here with that crazy [girl];” “She should die, that’s what I want ... I wish an Arab or terrorist would stab her.”

Sobol even wrote Eran that her sister had forced her to break up with him, saying that if she refused, friends of Hili’s friends would harm him, and they even forced her to meet someone else. The prosecution says that is how Sobol planted within Eran the idea and need to bring about Hili’s death, to stop her from harassing her sister and destroying her life as well as ruining her relationship with Eran.

A few months before the murder, according to the prosecution, Eran and Sobol hatched a plan for Eran to arrange to be alone with Hili in the apartment where the twins and their mother lived, in Tel Aviv’s Nahalat Yitzhak neighborhood, and to kill her. The pair obtained disposable gloves, two knives and a change of clothes for Eran, according to the charge sheet.

Just before the murder, according to the prosecution, Sobol sent Eran text messages telling him she and Hili were at home. Eran came to their building, put on gloves and met Hili in the stairwell.

According to the indictment, Eran stabbed Hili more than 130 times with the intent of killing her and with the knowledge and agreement of Sobol, who observed as her boyfriend murdered her twin. Prosecutors say Hili did nothing to provoke the attack.

While Eran was still stabbing Hili, Sobol called the police and reported that a stranger, probably an Arab man, was stabbing her sister. Eran then went into the apartment, washed off the blood, changed his clothes and hid in the mother’s bedroom — all with the knowledge and approval of Sobol.

Sobol then removed the external door handle to the room, to prevent anyone from entering, and hid Eran’s bloodied clothes, the knife he had used and the package of disposable gloves behind the bedroom wardrobe. When the police arrived, she told the officers that Hili had been stabbed by an Arab man who fled the scene. She texted Eran, who was hiding in her mother’s bedroom, to warn him and to coordinated their stories — that Eran tried to fight off Hili’s Arab attacker.

Prosecution asked the court to order the defendants to remain in custody for the duration of the legal proceedings against them.

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