'Slain Rishon wife complained about husband'

Welfare officer: Suspected murderer refused offer of psychological treatment three weeks ago.

October 6, 2007 17:34
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'Slain Rishon wife complained about husband'

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Tzakula Tzakul, who was allegedly stabbed to death by her husband Shifrao Tzakul overnight Friday in Rishon Lezion, told her social worker three weeks ago that her husband was threatening her, Asaf Daabul, the welfare officer in the Rishon Lezion Municipality, said Sunday. Daabul said that following Tzakula's complaint, welfare workers offered to provide her husband with psychological treatment but he refused to be treated, Israel Radio reported. Police said that there were no previous signs of violence in the family and that preliminary psychiatric examinations showed that Shifrao was fit for regular detention. Rishon Lezion police were trying to determine the motive for the stabbing on Friday night which left the couple's 11 children - nine of whom still live in the family home - motherless. The initial investigation revealed that a heated argument broke out between the couple, who immigrated to Israel from Ethiopia, regarding their eldest son staying in the family home. Apparently, the father did not want the son to continue living in the home and argued throughout the day with his wife, who supported their son's decision to stay. Background checks did not reveal any complaints filed by the mother to welfare services or police regarding violent attacks by her husband. However, the children told police about several arguments over various issues related to their upbringing, particularly concerning the eldest brother's stay at home. Welfare services are working to find the children a foster home. After hearing the children's testimony, police said that at around 11:30 p.m., the couple started arguing again. One of the small children said that the heated exchange soon degenerated into a violent confrontation, and saw his father stabbing his mother with a kitchen knife. The young boy also managed to see his eldest brother trying to grab the knife from his father before his brother was stabbed in the stomach himself. The younger boy eventually managed to take the knife and throw it out of the window. His brother was lightly wounded. When police arrived on the scene, the father was still at home and was subsequently arrested. His remand was later extended by nine days.

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