The man stabbed to death Wednesday outside his house in Ashdod was identified as Itay Mor, 44. His neighbor, Amir Bastiker, was arrested the same day on suspicion of murdering Mor.
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Police say the 24-year-old Bastiker confessed to the murder and reenacted the crime for police investigators. An Ashkelon court extended his remand by eight days.
Mor, a father of four who worked at the Ashdod Port, was attacked after going downstairs to throw out his garbage. Shortly afterwards his wife found him bleeding in the stairwell. Emergency medical personnel treated him on the scene but he was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital.
Bastiker’s public defender Ofra Siboni said, “This is a young man with no criminal record. After a preliminary psychiatric evaluation the court decided to send him for psychiatric evaluation in order to ascertain his fitness to stand trial.”
Bastiker’s mother said he hadn’t eaten or drunk in recent days, finding it hard to sleep. She didn’t think he needed special treatment because of that. Bastiker, who lived with his parents and grandfather, said he was having strange thoughts that led him to murder Mor.
Bastiker’s neighbors described him as someone showing asocial behavior. “He was strange, sometimes saying hello, sometimes not. But he was usually very quiet,” said a neighbor. She added that he hadn’t finished his military service but she didn’t know why. He then started growing a beard and wearing a kippah. Another neighbor described him as “damaged.”
Mor’s neighbors and friends describe him as someone who was never in conflict with anyone. His childhood friend Itay Koren walked through the building on Thursday, talking to neighbors and trying to establish if there was any motive for the murder. “We’ve been friends for years, working together as crane operators at the port. He was such a calm person, taking things lightly,” said Koren.