Woman gets 5 months’ community service for attacking hospital guards, police
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Woman gets 5 months’ community service for attacking hospital guards, police

Under plea bargain, Elia Kadosh will pay compensation to victims, including a taxi driver

Elia Kadosh at Tel Aviv District Court on July 1, 2018 (Flash90)
Elia Kadosh at Tel Aviv District Court on July 1, 2018 (Flash90)

The Tel Aviv District Court on Sunday sentenced a woman to five months of community service for multiple cases of assault against hospital security guards, police officers and a taxi driver.

Elia Kadosh, a 19-year-old model, accepted a plea bargain that will also require her to pay NIS 20,000 (approximately $5,500) to the victims. She was also sentenced to seven months of probation and a year-long supervisory order.

The judge noted that “violence against medical staff and security guards has become widespread and it is incumbent on the court to protect medical staff.”

He also said, however, that there were extenuating circumstances to be taken into account: the model suffers from Susac’s syndrome, which can affect vision and hearing and cause severe headaches. Kadosh receives disability payments as a result of the illness, and was not drafted into the IDF for health reasons.

The judge also noted that Kadosh’s mother has cancer, her father is a drug addict and Kadosh herself has had run-ins with the law since 2013, with a juvenile conviction for assault and battery causing bodily harm.

Screen capture from video of a group of men confronting security guards in the ER unit of Ichilov Hospital, Tel Aviv, September 27, 2017. (YouTube/Times of Israel)

Kadosh and her boyfriend, crime boss David Amoyal, 35, were convicted along with four of their friends of causing serious injury as a group and group assault causing bodily harm. The four others who participated in the attack are Ruslan Misayev, 28, Mor Biton, 21, Hanan Alfasi, 49, and Avraham Yosephov, 28.

Amoyal was in January sentenced to 25 months in prison for his involvement in the assault; Yosephov was sentenced to 22 months behind bars; Alfasi will serve 19 months; and Misayev and Biton were sentenced to 17 months each.

The charge sheet described the initial incident, which was captured in its entirety on security cameras. It said Kadosh came to the hospital’s emergency center on September 28, 2017, accompanied by Misayev, a friend of Amoyal. At some point, Kadosh began to swear and scream at the medical team, complaining that she was not receiving adequate treatment.

One of the security guards noticed her trying to grab the telephone from the head nurse and tried to move her away from the counter, according to the charge sheet.

She then threatened the medical team and the guards and said, “Wait and see what’ll happen to you when my husband arrives.”

Misayev then left and contacted Amoyal.

Arriving at the hospital with Biton, Alfasi and Yosephov, Amoyal spotted one of the guards at the entrance, and shouted to him, “I am your Satan, just wait, not in front of the cameras, I’ll catch you outside,” the prosecution said, quoting the video footage.

The five then went into the emergency room and began attacking four guards, one of whom hit his head on the floor and had to be taken to the trauma unit.

The attackers then fled back to their car with three guards in pursuit. When one of the guards tried to stop Yosephov from getting into the car, Amoyal and the four other men pinned him to the wall and attacked him “without mercy,” beating him in the face, head and all over his body, according to the allegations.

One of the guards needed stitches to his head and had one tooth broken and another damaged, requiring lengthy dental treatment.

Another guard suffered cuts to his head and upper lip, the court heard, while the third sustained bruising and swelling in his head, nose and shoulder.

Screenshot from CCTV footage of security guards being assaulted at Ichilov Hospital, in Tel Aviv, September 2017

When police arrived, Kadosh allegedly tried to get away from the unit and when told to sit down, punched a policewoman in the face twice and spat at her.

When tackled to the floor, she allegedly scratched the policewoman’s face, spat at her and tried to bite her, swearing at her throughout. Once handcuffed, she allegedly continued trying to spit and kick until police cuffed her feet as well.

Security camera footage of the attack showed the guards being surrounded and kicked and punched by the attackers. The hospital said that the medical and nursing staff were “stunned and frightened by the violence.”

On October 11, the indictment said, Kadosh violated her house arrest by going to a friend’s house in the central city of Yehud.

After visiting with her friend, Kadosh took a cab to Wolfson Medical Center in the Tel Aviv suburb of Holon and agreed with the driver ahead of the ride on a NIS 110 ($31.50) cab fare. However, after arriving at the hospital, Kadosh refused to pay the fare and got out of the cab, leading the driver to get out to try and collect the fare he was owed.

After a heated argument broke out between them, Kadosh slapped the driver on the face and threatened to further hurt him, according to the indictment.

“You’d better get out of here because I’m all worked up. I’ll break your face… If you touch me I’ll smash you, I’ll sit shiva for you,” the indictment quoted her as saying.

Three days later, on October 14, Kadosh went to Abarbanel Mental Health Center in Bat Yam, where she was accompanied by a police officer in accordance with the conditions of her house arrest.

While at the hospital, Kadosh called another patient into her room. She then blocked the door to prevent the other patient from leaving the room, in violation of the officer’s orders. As the officer tried to move Kadosh from the door, she attacked him, hitting him in the face, kicking him and trying to bite him, according to the indictment.

After the policeman finally succeeded in handcuffing with the help of another officer, Kadosh poured a bottle of Coca-Cola on him.

Michael Bachner contributed to this report.

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