Kiryat Shmona Man Indicted for Bludgeoning Wife to Death

Binyamin Avraham attacked his wife Yocheved after returning home from Tisha B'Av prayers.

A Kiryat Shmona man, who bludgeoned his 70-year-old wife to death with a rock last month, was indicted for murder on Sunday.

Binyamin Avraham, 72, confessed to police that he had killed his wife Yocheved.

Nazareth District Court heard that the defendant regularly "abused, humiliated and taunted his wife."

Neighbors have said he had a history of assaulting her, and family members said she had complained to police two weeks before she was killed.

Police believe Avraham attended Tisha B'Av prayers at his synagogue early in the morning, then returned home. A short while later, around 7:30 A.M., he attacked his wife.

An ambulance crew pronounced the woman dead.

The couple were veteran residents of Kiryat Shmona, originally from Kurdistan, and lived on a quiet street with private homes and gardens.

Some neighbors, who asked not to be named, described the victim as a submissive woman who put up with her husband's cruelty. Although violence was not mentioned, one neighbor said "they fought, he was like Goliath, and she so tiny." Another neighbor said, "He was tough on her."

Relatives claim the victim told police two weeks ago that her husband had assaulted her. After learning that her husband might be arrested, she decided not to file a complaint.

Police said they are looking into the matter.

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