Man sentenced to life in prison for murder, throwing woman out hotel window

The Lod District Court on Thursday sentenced Eritsia Akalsongo, a Congolese man and friend of a foreign Maccabi Netanya FC player, to life in prison for the dramatic murder of 20-year-old Zehava Chikol, whose half-naked body was thrown from the eighth floor of Netanya’s Carmel Hotel on March 26, 2013.

The court, which convicted Akalsongo in September, also slapped him with a nearly NIS 500,000 compensatory fine for the suffering of various family members of Chikol.

Initially, the professional soccer player, known only as A.A. due to a gag order, was also a suspect. Though he was arrested, he was never indicted and was eventually cleared of suspicion.


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