Israeli Man Charged With Murdering His Girlfriend, Faces Life Sentence

Defendant's attorney will request psychiatric evaluation for young man who allegedly strangled his partner to death and stabbed his mother

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Amit Almog appears on screen in the Tel Aviv District Court, June 11, 2020.
Amit Almog appears on screen in the Tel Aviv District Court, June 11, 2020. Credit: Meged Gozani
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An Israeli man was charged on Tuesday in Tel Aviv District Court with the murder of his partner.

Amit Almog, 21, faces a life sentence for murdering Maya Vishniak, 23, last month under aggravated circumstances. The court extended his detention until further notice.

Almog was charged with strangling Vishniak in their home and is also accused of wounding his mother. According to the charges, Almog "considered killing his partner, mother and sisters," but the prosecution said it does not know the motive.

According to the charges, Almog strangled his partner while she was lying in bed. He then waited for his mother to return home and stabbed her in the face and upper body. “The mother struggled with the accused and begged for her life, told him a few times she loved him and the accused responded to her pleas,” and stopped attacking her, the charges say.

The charge sheet adds that Almog photographed himself afterwards singing and throwing money on Vishniak’s corpse, and sent pictures and a video to one of his friends.

Prosecutors wrote that they have a great deal of evidence against Almog including what they say is an admission to the crimes, adding that he provided details that only the perpetrator would know.

Vishniak’s relatives arrived at the court and shouted “murderer” at Almog, and confronted his mother who was apparently at the court, calling at her “how can you support him.”

Almog’s attorney Orit Hayun said he should be sent for a psychiatric evaluation, and that she believes it will be done in agreement with the prosecution.

Vishniak’s father responded: “We see acts that point to full awareness, all the tricks in the book won’t help. He has confessed to his crimes.”

“Our next battle is the evaluation. He is sane. He shouldn’t see the light of day anymore ... he should rot in jail until his last day,” he said.

The victim’s father added that the charges were “chilling, to understand what happened, it’s traumatic. But we can understand that it was specifically planned out. The murder was perpetrated with full intent.”

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