Police often see tragedies in the course of their duties, but the scene that greeted them at a Lod apartment Thursday afternoon was exceptional: a 25-year-old retarded man had brutally attacked his grandparents, murdering his grandmother, they said.
The officers found the suspect, who lives with his grandparents, sitting in the apartment in a state of shock. The suspect admitted to the murder but was, according to police, confused. "He couldn't tell us himself why he did it," said one senior police officer on the scene.
The initial investigation indicates that the 25-year-old argued with his grandmother at lunch and then attacked her with a kitchen knife. She suffered multiple stab wounds to her upper body, and was pronounced dead on the scene. Her husband apparently attempted to defend her, suffering a stab wound to the forehead. MDA personnel took him to nearby Assaf Harofeh Medical Center in Tzrifin, where he was in good condition.
The suspect, whose parents live one floor above the apartment, has no history of violence. Police said they would need help from mental health specialists during his questioning. The man will probably undergo a psychiatric evaluation to determine his fitness to stand trial, police said.