The husband and son of a 52-year-old woman who was found dead in her Haifa home Saturday night were arrested Sunday on suspicion of killing her.
The woman was identified as Svetlana Belkin. Her 16-year-old daughter was briefly detained for questioning before being released.
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Police said they came to the house, together with an ambulance crew, after receiving a call to their hotline indicating that someone’s life was in danger. Magen David Adom paramedic Louay Ibrahim said that when they arrived, Belkin wasn’t breathing and had no pulse. Efforts to resuscitate her were unavailing.
Due to the signs of violence on her body, police opened an investigation, which resulted in the arrests of Belkin’s husband and 20-year-old son. The court has imposed a gag order on the men’s names.
The police said no members of the family had any kind of criminal record.
Leonid Parkhovnik, a public defender representing Belkin’s husband, said he is “a normative man with no criminal record who for years cared for his wife and coped with her severe alcoholism.” He added that his client denies the allegations and gave police a detailed account of what had happened.
“The court accepted his arguments, ruling that the police must thoroughly examine the husband’s story as soon as possible, and it ordered him held only for one more day,” Parkhovnik said.
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Roman Klugerman, the public defender representing the son, said he is “a young man with no criminal record. He is cooperating fully with the investigators and gave a detailed account of the course of events.”
He added that the son denies that Belkin died as a result of violence, and the defense is now awaiting the autopsy report. The court also ordered the son held for one day, until Monday.
Since the start of the year, five Israeli women have been murdered by close relatives. There have been 188 such murders since 2011.