Petah Tikva Court Indicts Brothers Over Murder of 7-year-old Boy

Sudmi twins charged with offenses against other minors such as molestation and unlawful imprisonment.

The brothers suspected of murdering 7-year-old Leon Kalantarov were indicted by the Petah Tikva district court on Thursday.

Twins Naor and Adir Sudmi, 23, are suspected of molesting and murdering Kalantarov in their home in the small town of Bnei Ayish around a month ago.

The brothers were charged with additional offenses against other minors, molestation, unlawful imprisonment, and delaying the investigation. Naor Sudmi is also charged with molestation of a minor.

According to the indictment, the brothers tempted Kalantarov into their home, where they molested him together. Afterward, they allegedly strangled him and wrapped his head and body in plastic bags and pillow cases. They allegedly fastened the bags around his body with tape and placed his body in the linen compartment below their bed. The two allegedly placed Kalantarov in the compartment around 5 P.M.

At around 11 P.M. the same day, a policewoman arrived at the twins' home with a picture of Kalanatrov and asked whether they had seen him. The Sudmi brothers claimed they didn't know him. When the police returned to their house at 2 A.M., they found Kalanatrov's body. The prosecution claims that the twins' semen was found on Kalanatrov's body.

A source providing welfare services in Bnei Ayish said the twins have a history of violent offenses and that they had been committed for related offenses to the Neve Horesh institute for delinquent youths.

Police records show that the two brothers had been arrested and interrogated about exposing themselves to children just days before the boy's death. The suspects deny any wrongdoing.