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In a ruling published on Sunday, the Jerusalem District Court announced that it
had sentenced an Eritrean man to 20 years in prison last week, after convicting
him of the manslaughter of his wife.
Alam Tiama stabbed his wife to death
last year. The couple resided in Israel without a residency
According to the original indictment, Tiama met his wife at the
bus stop and the two spoke. As the couple began to walk down the street, Tiama
pulled out a knife and stabbed his wife in the throat, then continued to stab
and kick her before fleeing the scene and throwing away the knife.
was originally charged with murder, which attracts a mandatory life sentence.
However, he was convicted of manslaughter under a plea bargain agreed on between
his defense lawyers and the State Attorney’s Office. A murder charge requires
that the defendant planned to kill his victim beforehand, and in the plea
bargain Tiama’s lawyers argued that he had lost control in the heat of the
moment and the murder was not premeditated.
Both the prosecution and the
defense agreed that Tiama should receive the maximum sentence for manslaughter
of 20 years in prison.
Since Tiama’s arrest, he has been hospitalized in
a closed psychiatric facility where he is receiving “significant psychiatric
care,” his lawyer, David Halevy, said. Tiama suffers from schizophrenia, Halevy
Halevy asked the court to consider allowing Tiama to serve his
sentence in his home country of Eritrea, should it be possible for Eritrea and
Israel to come to an agreement over the matter.