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Psychiatric hospital nurse charged with murdering 17-year-old ex-patient

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A nurse at a psychiatric hospital was indicted on Monday for murdering a 17-year-old ex-patient at the facility after he allegedly had an illicit sexual relationship with her.

The indictment against 49-year-old Edward Kachura was filed by prosecutors at the Haifa Magistrate’s Court, as family members of the alleged victim, Lital Yael Melnik, looked on. It described the “particular cruelty” of the suspect’s actions, noting that he “took advantage of a relationship of dependence.”

Kachura was involved in Melnik’s treatment when she was hospitalized at the facility where he worked, the indictment said. Despite Melnik’s fragile psychological state, Kachura expressed that he had developed feelings toward her.

Shortly after her release and after Melnik developed a dependence on Kachura, they began a relationship that lasted roughly six months. During this time, the teen would disappear from her home or boarding school for hours at a time to visit Kachura. As a result, the victim’s grandmother filed for a restraining order to be placed against Kachura. Nonetheless, the suspect continued to meet with........

© The Times of Israel

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