23-year-old indicted for murdering his grandmother in 2018, fleeing to Moldova

Radion Shechvlev was arrested last month at Ben Gurion Airport after years on the run; indictment says he stabbed his grandmother some 19 times and stole her money

The Haifa District Court building. (Avishag Shaar Yeshuv/Flash90)
The Haifa District Court building. (Avishag Shaar Yeshuv/Flash90)

A man was indicted on Thursday, after almost five years on the run, for the alleged murder of his grandmother in Pardes Hanna.

Identified by the court as Radion Shechvlev, 23, reports said he is accused of killing Frida Rachulskiya at her apartment on March 14, 2018.

According to the indictment filed by the prosecution to the Haifa District Court, Shechvlev was living with his grandmother at the time of her death.

Shechvlev, who had decided to leave the country and move to Moldova for unspecified reasons, was allegedly afraid his grandmother would object and hide his passport and personal belongings in an effort to make him stay.

According to prosecutors, he initially decided to render his grandmother unconscious, take his belongings and leave. But on the evening of March 14, 2018, Shechvlev, who was 18 at the time, allegedly assaulted his grandmother while she was on the couch and tried to strangle her with his bare hands. As she tried to call for help, he slammed her head on the floor, the indictment read.

The indictment said that was the moment he decided to kill his grandmother.

Using two full bottles, he hit her head twice more and continued to stab her about 19 times. He then covered the deceased with various items in the apartment, apparently in an attempt to hide the corpse.

After washing himself, he stole the deceased’s cellphone and rings, along with all the cash he could find in the apartment, according to the indictment.

Later that evening, he boarded a flight to Moldova, where he remained until he turned himself in. He was arrested last month upon landing at Ben Gurion Airport after coordinating his arrival with the Israel Police.

Shechvlev’s lawyer has requested that his client undergo a psychiatric evaluation. The presiding judge accepted the request and extended Shechvlev’s detention by 10 days.

Illustrative: Police officers at Ben Gurion international airport near Tel Aviv, Israel, July 7, 2011. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

Earlier Thursday, a woman his her 60s was found dead in her apartment in the Druze village of Ein al-Asad in northern Israel. Her son, a 26-year-old schizophrenic patient, was named as the prime suspect.

Activists have long complained that not enough is done to prevent violence against women in Israel, particularly in cases known to the authorities.

A study by the Hebrew University-based Israel Observatory on Femicide examining the first half of 2022 found a 71 percent increase in femicide relative to the same period last year — 12 compared to seven.

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