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A judge ordered a Jerusalem man to remain in custody a day after allegedly
stabbing his wife of 30 years to death, calling authorities for help and
attacking responding police officers and paramedics before attempting to take
his own life.
According to police, the accused Gilo resident – a civil
servant whose identity is being withheld due to a court gag order requested by
his two children – has a history of domestic violence against his wife,
resulting in at least one police intervention.
“In August police were
called to their home after he threatened her life,” said Police spokesman
Shmulik Ben-Ruby after Monday’s hearing. “She later dropped the charges against
Indeed, despite being detained for questioning, his wife recanted
the story and her husband was released on bond by the couple’s daughter, Ben-
Ruby said, adding that no subsequent calls to police were made by the
On Sunday at approximately 1:30 p.m. the 65- year-old suspect
called Magen David Adom for assistance after admitting to repeatedly stabbing
his wife, aged 60, following a heated argument.
When police and
paramedics arrived at the scene the man lunged at them and then repeatedly
impaled himself with the murder weapon in an attempt to commit suicide, police
This is the second domestic murder in the capital since September,
when a mother stabbed her two small children to death in their Talpiot apartment
and unsuccessfully attempted to take her own life.
Police said since the
beginning of the year 14 women have been killed in the country during domestic
In 2012 there were 13 women murdered by their partners, while
19 deaths were reported in 2011.
Monday marked the annual International
Elimination of Violence Against Women Day.