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Itai Ben Dror could distinguish right from wrong and is fit to stand trial for the July murder of his three children in Netanya, according to a district psychiatrist's opinion provided to a court in Petah Tikva yesterday.

Ben Dror's public defender, Ran Alon, said there have been instances, however, in which the district psychiatrist stated that a defendant was fit to stand trial, and the court ruled otherwise. Alon said he would look into the possibility of filing a second psychiatric opinion.

He also asked the court yesterday to ease the defendant's detention conditions following Ben Dror's attempted suicide, telling the court that two months have passed but his client is still shackled and held in a tiny cell in solitary confinement.

The judge in the case suggested a petition be filed that would enable the prison service to respond.

Ben Dror's ex-wife, Lilach, the children's mother, brought large photos of them to yesterday's hearing. She shouted at Ben Dror: "You checked on the Internet how to kill children. They were the only ones in the world who loved you." She also cried: "The day you die will be my birthday. You have no idea how I will celebrate that day."