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Nurse charged with murder for killing teen ex-patient

Edward Kachura, suspect in the murder of Lital Melnik, appears at a court hearing in Haifa on November 29, 2021. (Flash90)
Edward Kachura, suspect in the murder of Lital Melnik, appears at a court hearing in Haifa on November 29, 2021. (Flash90)

Edward Kachura, 49, is indicted for the murder of 17-year-old Lital Yael Melnik in October.

Kachura, who was employed as a nurse in the psychiatric facility where Melnik was hospitalized, is charged at Haifa Magistrate’s Court with murder under aggravated circumstances, a severe charge that carries a mandatory life sentence.

Prosecutors said last week that the decision was made “upon completion of the investigation and after carefully studying the evidence in the case.” The state prosecutor is also expected to request that Kachura remain in custody for the entire court proceedings.

Kachura was reportedly involved in Melnik’s treatment and then engaged in an inappropriate sexual relationship with her. Investigators suspect that Melnik, whose body was discovered at a construction site in the Haifa suburb of Kiryat Motzkin, was buried alive.

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