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The Central District Court in Petah Tikva on Sunday convicted Netanya resident
Itai Ben- Dror of three counts of premeditated murder for the killing of his
three children a year ago.
According to the charge sheet, Ben-Dror
stabbed the children, aged five, eight and 10, in his Netanya apartment on July
He then wrote several notes with instructions for rescue
personnel in case his suicide attempt was successful. In one of the notes,
Ben-Dror wrote that he and the children “will now finally be together in
heaven. I will take you with me to the next world, where we will be
together for eternity.”
Ben- Dror only lightly injured himself.
time of the murders, the three children were living with their mother, Lilach
Shem- Tov, in Kfar Yona, 7 kilometers east of Netanya, and had come to visit
Ben-Dror committed the murders on his wife’s birthday but
in court denied that he had done so for revenge.
His defense attorney
claimed that the knives and pills Ben- Dror had acquired before the murder were
to help him commit suicide. He later decided to use the knives to murder his
Ben-Dror admitted to the court that he had committed the
“I admit the facts that constitute the offenses of three
premeditated murders attributed to me in the indictment,” he said.
prosecutor, state attorney Ronit Poznansky, recommended that the court sentence
Ben- Dror to three life sentences.
However, defense attorneys are seeking
a lighter sentence and requested a psychological evaluation, saying that Ben-
Dror suffers from a clinical psychological illness, including
The court ruled that Ben-Dror will be sent for a psychiatric