Murder of Tel Aviv Woman by Twin Sister, Boyfriend Was Premeditated, Police Say

Police tell court 'significant developments' made in investigation into killing of Hili Sobol, found dead in her apartment building.

Sobol and David at the remand hearing, February 19, 2016.
Tomer Appelbaum

The recent stabbing murder of an 18-year-old Tel Aviv girl, allegedly by her twin sister and the sister’s boyfriend, was premeditated and involved more than one weapon, police said Sunday.

During a hearing at the Tel Aviv Magistrate’s Court, police said there had been “significant developments” in the investigation of the February 18 killing of Hili Sobol since the last court hearing, including indications that the killing was premeditated.

While the main suspect in the murder remains David Eran, the boyfriend of Hili’s twin sister, Shiri Sobol, police now plan to charge the couple with the crime, they said.

The court ordered both suspects held without bail for another nine days. Both initially confessed to the murder but then retracted their confessions.

Hili Sobol’s body was found at the entrance to her house in Tel Aviv’s Nahalat Yitzhak neighborhood. Initially, Shiri Sobol told police that her sister had gotten a phone call from an unknown man who asked her to leave the house. But police found the murder weapon inside the house, along with other indications that the murder was actually committed there, and Sobol and Eran were arrested as suspects the same day.

Police later said Sobol had tried to obstruct the investigation by helping Eran hide the knife and change his clothes, and had even removed the handle of the door to the room where Eran was hiding to keep police from entering it. Sobol has yet to offer a satisfactory explanation for her failure to tell them that Eran was in the house, they added.

In their initial confession, Sobol and Eran told police that a bitter argument had erupted between the two sisters, and in the heat of the moment, Eran grabbed a knife and stabbed Hili.

A friend of Shiri’s, Daniella Aronov, told Channel 2 television that Shiri had told her the two sisters had been at odds for years because their mother seemed to like Shiri better. Eran was at odds with Hili as well, Aronov quoted Shiri as saying, because he claimed she was constantly insulting him.

In her decision to deny the suspects bail for another nine days, Judge Ronit Poznanski-Katz noted that police had taken many steps to advance the investigation since the last hearing, and the evidence they found bolsters the suspicions against Sobol and Eran.