Suspect who set nurse on fire in Holon early Tuesday: “I didn’t want to hurt her”

The 78-year-old suspect who burned a nurse to death this morning (Tuesday) in Holon has claimed that he had intended to cause property damage and not to harm the medical staff. His lawyer: It was done “out of frustration for the suffering that had been caused him and to get help from the authorities.” Friends of the nurse: “She cared for everyone with devotion."
Scene of the murder in Holon Photo credit: MDA Facebook/ Channel 2 News

Following his arrest for setting on fire and ultimately killing Tova Carrero, a nurse from the Klalit health clinic in Holon, the suspect told investigators that he had not intended to harm anyone. “The elderly man suffers from mental health problems and has said that he did not intend to cause harm to any of the medical staff, and that he did not pour flammable material onto the nurse,” said Ophir Kitvi, the lawyer representing the suspect on behalf of the Public Defense Office.

“He claimed that he just wanted to cause damage to property out of frustration for the suffering that had been caused him and to get help from the authorities,” Kitvi added.

Security forces arrive at the scene Photo credit: MDA/ Channel 2 News

Meanwhile, friends, patients and neighbors of Carrero were shocked at the news of her death. Coworkers described a kind and pleasant nurse who greeted them every day at the clinic and they were appalled by the tragic murder.

As JOL reported earlier today, the suspect, a 78-year-old Holon resident, poured flammable material in a health clenic organization room and lit it on fire. Carrero, who was with him inside the room, burned to her death. The suspect had fled the scene and was eventually captured by the Israel Police.

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