Israel Police Question Suspect in His Wife’s Stabbing Death

Eliran Malul tried to commit suicide after the murder and is in stable condition

Michal Sela

Eliran Malul, who is suspected of stabbing his wife, Michal Sela, to death on Thursday, was questioned by police for the first time on Sunday.

Malul, 34, allegedly stabbed Sela in front of their 8-month-old daughter in their Jerusalem apartment before stabbing himself in what he claimed was meant to be a double suicide.

He was admitted to Hadassah University Hospital Ein Karem in Jerusalem in serious condition and placed in a medically induced coma.

Police questioned him on Sunday in hospital, after he regained consciousness and his medical condition was upgraded.

Police at the scene of the crime, Jerusalem, October 3, 2019.
Emil Salman

Michal Sela’s body was found at the couple’s apartment in the West Jerusalem neighborhood of Motza on Thursday after Malul brought their 8-month-old infant to their next-door neighbors and asked them to take care of her before collapsing.

The Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court ordered Malul to remain in custody until Thursday. The gag order on naming him was lifted on Sunday.

The neighbor who Malul brought the baby to said he told her that he and Sela tried to take their own lives. “I heard knocking and opened the door,” she said. He was sitting on the floor next to her door and leaning on the wall.“He told me: ‘I need help, bring me a glass of water and take the girl.’ I brought him water and took the girl and asked what happened. He said: ‘My wife and I tried to commit suicide,” said the neighbor.

The neighbor called the police to report the incident. “He was injured, he seemed completely okay in terms of the conversation, didn’t look agitated or confused,” she said. The baby was covered in blood from her father’s wounds, added the neighbor.

Neither Sela or Malul have a police record, in spite of previous incidents of domestic violence. The family is also unable to understand what happened, calling them a “loving couple and the family had not seen anything unusual. It’s tragedy,” said a relative.