Recently Released Psychiatric Patient Suspected of Murdering Sister

Beit Dagan resident charged with attacking sibling this year but deemed unfit to stand trial.

Yaniv Kubovich
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Police at the crime scene in Beit Dagan, Oct. 13, 2014.
Police at the crime scene in Beit Dagan, Oct. 13, 2014.Credit: Moti Milrod
Yaniv Kubovich
Yaniv Kubovich

Israel Police arrested a 58-year-old Beit Dagan resident on suspicion that the man, a former psychiatric patient known to the police, murdered his sister and injured his mother.

"We ran outside and saw the mother covered with blood lying outside," said one of the neighbors who came to the family apartment after hearing screams. "The sister was lying covered in blood, and he silently sat with a metal bar next to her. We immediately understood what had happened and summoned the police."

Other neighbors said they had previously reported to the police several times that the suspect tended to walk around the home with a knife, and sometimes walked around naked.

Yehuda Atar, commander of the Shfela District, said the man was being investigated at the Rishon Letzion station for killing his sister, 71, with a blunt instrument. "Police are checking the background of the incident, and if it is connected to his medical past."

A Rishon Letzion court indicted the man for attacking his sister, who was killed Sunday. The judge, Menahem Mizrahi, ruled that the man was emotionally disturbed and therefore unfit to stand trial. He was placed under arrest at a psychiatric hospital in Be'er Yaakov.

A medical panel from the institution, which was put in charge of his case, decided that he should be released but should receive medicinal treatment. The decision cleared the way for his release to live with his mother, who is in her 90s.

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