Is­raeli in mur­der at­tempt

The Jewish Chronicle - - News - By PeteR stuB­ley

iS­RAeLi Live-iN carer has been jailed for eight years af­ter she ad­mit­ted smoth­er­ing her 87-year-old pa­tient with a plas­tic bag and a pil­low.

Al­le­gra Golan, 51, who moved to the UK from is­rael 13 years ago, tried to kill for­mer ira­nian Air­ways manag­ing di­rec­tor Hoshane tagadad in April.

the Old bai­ley heard that she had rung 999 and said she had smoth­ered him, adding: “i hope he’s dead.”

when paramedics ar­rived and told her he was still alive, Golan, who has suf­fered from psy­chi­atric prob­lems, said: “i put a pil­low over his face to kill him — what a shame he’s not dead.”

Judge Richard Hone QC said: “this is on any ba­sis an un­usual case. You have had sig­nif­i­cant con­tact with psy­chi­atric ser­vices in this coun­try.

“You are also a woman of good char­ac­ter. in is­rael you had de­pres­sion and you were treated with a num­ber of dif­fer­ent drugs in­clud­ing Prozac.

“You had de­cided to do some­thing dras­tic to end up in jail, in­clud­ing pos­si­bly to kill the com­plainant. what may have started off as sui­ci­dal im­pulses turned into homi­ci­dal im­pulses.”

Mr tagadad suf­fers from os­teoarthri­tis, de­men­tia and bipo­lar af­fec­tive dis­or­der. while liv­ing with his grand­daugh­ter’s fam­ily, it was de­cided he should have a carer, and Golan, who had met his grand­son when she mod­elled at an art class, moved in.

She moved in at the end of de­cem­ber last year, liv­ing in a room rent-free while car­ing for Mr tagadad.

but he dis­liked her and in April it was de­cided she should move out. Golan said the de­ci­sion was “un­fair” and al­leged that the pen­sioner had ex­posed him­self to her.

On May 3 Golan was told she must leave the fol­low­ing week. At 7pm that night she called po­lice to say Mr tagadad had ex­posed him­self. the next morn­ing she again rang 999, say­ing: “i think i have just killed a man. i put a pil­low on his head. i be­lieve he’s dead. i have suf­fo­cated him. i don’t know if he’s dead or not. i hope he is.”

Mr tagadad has no mem­ory of what hap­pened.

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