Man allegedly murders wife, daughter

Nahariya absorption center resident in serious condition after jumping out of fifth floor window.

By REBECCA ANNA STOIL
September 7, 2007 07:32
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A 35-year-old resident of a Nahariya absorption center remained unconscious and in critical condition Saturday night after allegedly stabbing his wife to death and then forcing his daughter to leap with him out of a fifth-floor window overnight Thursday. The bodies of Babia Gasasa and his nine-year-old daughter, Ha'aminot, were discovered by a security contractor patrolling the grounds. The guard found the father unconscious and the daughter without a pulse. MDA teams were called in and Ha'aminot Gasasa was pronounced dead at the scene. A short while later, police discovered the body of Babia Gasasa's wife, Kanu, 29, lying in the fifth-floor apartment and MDA teams were once again summoned to the scene. Galilee Subdistrict Police arrived on the scene en masse while an MDA team evacuated the suspect to a hospital in Nahariya under heavy security. Residents of the absorption center were questioned to determine the circumstances of the incident. Police said that there was no history of violence in the family that immigrated to Israel from Ethiopia two years ago. The family was allegedly facing financial hardships, but was planning on leaving the absorption center for an apartment in Rishon Lezion where Kanu Gasasa's family lives. The Acre District Court extended Babia Gasasa's remand by eight days. Similar incidents involving Ethiopian immigrants have become more common in Israel due to what experts say are the hardships of absorption in the country. Just last month an Ethiopian immigrant, 38, allegedly killed his 38-year-old wife in Beersheba. In this case - as in some of the earlier ones - absorption officials emphasized that they had not seen any signs or indications that the family was in distress. Meanwhile, a resident of Nazareth became the latest statistic Friday night in a chain of stabbings that has plagued the country over the summer. Investigators are still uncertain as to what led to the scuffle that broke out between two groups of youths on the usually quiet beach near Rosh Hanikra. According to witnesses, the fight began as a verbal altercation, and later developed into physical violence. Broken bottles and knives were employed at some stage of the scuffle, in which the murder victim's cousin was also seriously injured. The 24-year-old and his cousin were rushed to nearby Western Galilee Medical Center in Nahariya. The youth died shortly later, and his cousin remained hospitalized in serious condition Saturday. Hours before the fatal fracas, police were called to the scene of a murder following a brawl among homeless people that erupted on Sderot Tarsat in Tel Aviv. One of the participants, a man in his forties, died of injuries sustained in the brutal fistfight. Yarkon Subdistrict Police arriving at the scene arrested a number of suspects and brought them in for questioning. Two of those suspects were brought Saturday night before the Tel Aviv Magistrate's Court for extensions of their remands. Both suspects, like the victim, are homeless men in their forties.

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