Eliran Malul, who is expected to face murder charges in the October 3 fatal stabbing of his wife, Michal Sela, at their Jerusalem home, is also suspected of abusing and assaulting two previous partners, court documents show.
The additional suspicions, which include false imprisonment, the use of violence and a number of sexual offenses, were included in a report submitted Friday to the Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court by police, who said they plant to indict Malul soon.
The court ordered Malul remain in custody until at least Tuesday.
Malul’s lawyer, Idan Gamlieli of the Public Defender’s Office, said he only found out about the other cases on Friday. “The police did not inform me that there are other suspicions before the investigation, as they are required to do, and in any case the prosecutor is still to submit a declaration concerning these suspicions.”
Malul, 34, allegedly stabbed Sela, 32, in front of their 8-month-old daughter before stabbing himself in what he claimed was meant to be a double suicide.
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Sela’s body was found at the couple’s apartment in the West Jerusalem neighborhood of Motza after Malul brought their daughter to their next-door neighbors and asked them to take care of her before collapsing.
Malul was admitted to Hadassah University Hospital Ein Karem in Jerusalem in serious condition and placed in a medically induced coma. He regained consciousness a few days later, after which police began to question him.
The police consider the alleged murder to be a what is legally defined as being especially brutal, a murder that comes after systematic or long-term abuse, is premeditated and includes obstruction of justice.
Malul remained in the hospital for around 10 days, after which he was placed in an Israel Prison Service facility after he refused to undergo a psychiatric examination.
Sela worked in an educational center in Jerusalem. She met her husband as part of her work with at-risk youth in Jerusalem, said her family in a statement. After the murder, the family said it had not known about any previous violence by Malul against Sela. “They were a loving couple and the family didn’t see anything unusual. It’s a tragedy,” said relatives.