An Israeli man suspected of his wife’s murder turned himself in to police on Monday, a day after the police began searching for him after he violated the terms of his house arrest for a second time.
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Dimitry Tzignok’s partner, Anastasia Kalin, died over the weekend after she was hospitalized in serious condition last month at Tel Aviv’s Ichilov Hospital after Tzignok allegedly assaulted her. The Tel Aviv Magistrate's Court on Tuesday extended Tsignok's detention until Thursday.
Last week, the Tel Aviv Magistrate’s Court granted the prosecution’s request for his conditional release, citing no solid evidence linking Tzignok to the violence that led to his partner’s injury at their home in the Tel Aviv suburb of Ramat Gan.
However on Tuesday, Judge Shmuel Melamed ruled in his decision that "there are several developments in the case, including the suspect's version in a statement obtained from him on Monday, which strengthens reasonable suspicion against him."
Melamed added: "The court will note that the suspect cooperated with the police in the investigation ... but they strengthen the suspicion against the suspect" and "Additional evidence was gathered to support the reasonable suspicion against him."
On Sunday, the court ordered an autopsy to determine the cause of Kalin’s death. Police suspect she had been stabbed, but Tzignok claims she had been hurt by a glass table that shattered after he had pushed her onto it during an argument.
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52-year-old Kalin, a Ukrainian national who arrived in Israel in 2013 and overstayed her three-month tourist visa, filed a complaint against Tzignok on September 5, but he was only arrested a week later, when some of her friends complained to the police. His detention had been extended several times, and he was eventually released to house arrest in late September.
He was arrested again in early October on suspicion of going to the hospital, disguised as an Israel Prison Service officer, in another attempt to hurt her. Tzignok originally denied having been at the hospital at all. When he was stopped by hospital security, he fled and was later arrested at his home.
On Tuesday last week, he was released to house arrest once more, per the police and prosecution’s requests, even though police representative Guy Calderon told the court that the police still think Tzignok came to the hospital to “finish the job,” as he put it.
Court vice-president Judge Noa Tavor granted the request for release, but said that there were question marks in the case. Tzignok was released on Friday.
Tzignok, who immigrated to Israel in 1999, is divorced. His first wife complained of violence about a decade ago, and he was arrested but charges were never brought against him.