Woman pushed from balcony cannot return to Israel to testify

Charlotte Alberado, a 32-year-old Colombian woman, is struggling to return to Israel to testify against Shaul Karni, 32, who eventually admitted to police that he pushed Alberado, the mother of her daughter, off the fourth-floor balcony in Samaria. in 2018.

The story began when the enraged Karni pushed his then-girlfriend Alberado off the balcony amid mad arguments and hostile behavior that night.

“I remember that night as if it were yesterday. He locked me up at home for a whole day with Melanie and his sister’s children, and when he came back he was nervous and yelled at me,” Alberado told Channel 13. Then he went out to see friends, not to return to home until later that night.

“I put the girl to bed on the third floor and Saul called me to hang a blanket on the balcony above. It seemed strange to me but I was scared. I went up (to the balcony) … he suddenly became nice to me. He was interested. In my well-being, he had a little chat with me. It was strange. “

Then Alberado pushed her off the four-story balcony. She suffered numerous injuries and was hospitalized, later falling into a coma.

Despite the fractures to his body and extensive surveillance (nearby houses had cameras), police investigators ruled that he fell accidentally and told him that no evidence was found. She was informed that the case was closed for lack of evidence and deported to Colombia after being discharged from the hospital. Her stepmother tried to come to Israel and help her, but was denied entry to Israel at Ben-Gurion Airport. Alberado’s subsequent efforts to obtain responses from the consulate in Colombia have failed, and she even struggled to obtain full custody of her daughter.

Last Friday, the story took a surprising turn when Karni finally confessed to her crime at the Petah Tikvah Police Station. Karni added that he even tried to find her in the hospital so he could murder her. “He failed to locate her and prevented a disaster,” said Judea and Samaria police, who are conducting an investigation.

An Israel Police forensic investigator is seen at the crime scene in Beit Shemesh on October 30, 2021 (credit: ISRAEL POLICE)

“I don’t know what made him do it,” Alberado stated.

According to her, the authorities have not granted her approval to return to Israel and testify against her attacker, adding that they told her that she needed Karni’s permission to immigrate to the country. “I don’t understand. Does the man who tried to murder me decide if I will come to testify at his trial?”

Alberado, with the help of her current partner in Colombia (who is also Israeli), is attempting to return to Israel after being deported and ostracized by Israeli consular and local authorities for more than three years.

“He is a liar and manipulative man. Be careful what he says or promises. Look what happened to me,” Alberado added.

Karni’s defense attorney, Fadi Hamdan, is not convinced that Karni had a sudden change of mind, arguing instead that he suffers from mental illness. “There is a poor man here in a very serious mental condition, who came to the police station, said what he said, without receiving any advice from an expert criminal law lawyer,” Hamdan told Israeli media.


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