weapons guns arms seized by police 390.
(photo credit: Israel Police)
The Petah Tikva Magistrate’s court on Wednesday morning extended by nine days
the remand of a 52-year-old man accused of shooting his wife to death in front
of the couple’s 14-year-old daughter while in the family car the night
Sharon police subdistrict spokesman Eran Shaked said the man was
not cooperating with investigators. He added that there was no known history of
domestic violence or police complaints involving the couple. The daughter is now
staying with relatives.
The suspect’s attorney, Avi Himi, told The
that the man had not meant to shoot his wife and that the two
bullets that struck her in the head had been discharged by accident. Himi also
said that while the couple had been talking about a divorce over the past few
months, there had never been violence before Tuesday night.
allegedly used the handgun he had been given as part of his job as a security
guard, making the killing the latest in a string of deadly domestic violence in
which a security guard used his work-issued firearm.
According to the NGO
“Gun Free Home,” at least 30 women have been killed in Israel since 2002 by
spouses who used guns issued to them as security guards.
The group says
the onus for stopping such killings lies with police and the Public Security
Ministry, which, it charges, do not enforce a regulation stipulating that
security guards must leave their weapon at their assigned place of work and not
take it home. The regulation had been recommended by the Brinker Committee, an
interministerial group led by Police Asst.-Ch. Daniel Brinker. The panel also
recommended stricter training.
Galia Wallach, head of Na’amat, the
Histadrut women’s organization, called on Public Security Minister Yitzhak
Aharonovitch to “carry out the recommendation on regulating security guards’
weapons after their shifts,” and also to take another look at hiring
“Again and again, we are witness to the use of security guards’
weapons, which are meant to be regulated, in murder and family violence,”
Wallach said. “The Public Security Ministry and security companies must take
responsibility for all of the children left as orphans because of the failure to
In an incident last December, Beersheba security
guard Yevgeni Bagatz, a 23-year-old father of two, shot his wife to death along
with a man he suspected of having an affair with her. He, too, used his
work-issued handgun. Just like the incident in Petah Tikva, Bagatz called police
immediately and waited at the scene for officers to arrest him.
spokesman for the Public Security Ministry said on Wednesday that it takes the
issue seriously and has held meetings on the matter to find a better way to
regulate the use of work-related handguns.