Israeli Man Charged With Stabbing 66-year-old Mother to Death

Defendant who lived with his parents was institutionalized before for violent behavior

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Police forces at the scene of the suspected murder in Bnei Brak, July 27, 2019.
Police forces at the scene of the suspected murder in Bnei Brak, July 27, 2019.Credit: Meged Gozani

An Israeli man was charged on Thursday with murdering his mother last month in their home in the Tel Aviv suburb of Bnei Brak.

The 35-year-old defendant was charged with murder in grievous circumstances. He has been hospitalized several times in psychiatric institutions due to violent acts. He is expected to undergo a psychiatric evaluation to determine whether or not he is fit to stand trial.

The defendant, who lived with his parents in their Bnei Brak apartment, rented an apartment in the north about a month before the murder, but a short while later he returned to his parents’ home, according to the indictment submitted to the Tel Aviv District Court.

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The indictment goes on to say that he didn’t take his medicines regularly and consumed alcohol and drugs. Early on July 27 he left the apartment and when he returned his mother, 66, rose and approached him. He took a knife from another room and stabbed her 14 times.

She screamed “he’s stabbing me” and tried to defend herself. Her husband, who was in the adjacent room, told the police his son told him he had stabbed his mother. The defendant allegedly left the knife stuck in his mother’s body, washed his hands and left the apartment, throwing his shoes at the entrance to the building and tossing the apartment key in the yard.

The defendant admitted these acts to the policemen who came to the apartment and during his questioning. The prosecution asked the court to keep him in custody until the end of the legal procedure and to ban the publication of his and his family’s names.

This is the first indictment filed for such an offense since the reform in acts of homicide came into effect last month. The penalty for this charge is life imprisonment.