The Supreme Court, Jerusalem.
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The Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld the conviction and punishment of two life sentences for Michal Aloni for murdering her two small children in Ra’anana in 2010.
Aloni was given her double life sentence by the Lod District Court in December 2014, but appealed on several grounds, including that her disturbed mental state justified granting her leniency.
The Lod court had also ordered Aloni to pay the children’s father, Amos Aloni, NIS 500,000 compensation as well as another NIS 100,000 for each child.
Alon’s sentence had been delayed substantially following her conviction after she claimed insanity.
According to the indictment filed against Aloni, she strangled her youngest daughter, four-yearold Roni, with a sock and immediately afterwards strangled her six-year-old daughter, Natalie.
A psychiatric evaluation found that Aloni was fit to stand trial and serve her sentence.
At the start of the trial, Amos Aloni told reporters his wife had murdered his daughters “in cold blood.”
He previously told police he called Magen David Adom paramedics to Michal Aloni’s home after becoming concerned that his wife did not answer her phone.
Daniel Klughaft, the MDA paramedic first to arrive on at Michal Aloni’s apartment, testified that Amos Aloni took him to a room where the two girls were and that Michal Aloni asked if she could look at her daughters.
“She said, ‘I want to see the girls, I want to see what I did to them,’” said Klughaft, who later told police what Aloni had said.
Klughaft testified that when he arrived at the scene, Aloni’s husband told him to “save them, she’s killed them.”