Inbal Chen 311.
(photo credit: courtesy)
Judges in the Haifa District Court on Thursday sentenced a Kiryat Motzkin
resident to 20 years in prison for the murder of his wife.
35, was found guilty of stabbing his wife, Inbal, to death in April, before
attempting suicide. Inbal Chen was pregnant with her first child at the time of
Although the penalty for murder is life in prison, Judges
Yosef Elron, Moshe Gilad and Menahem Raniel accepted the lesser sentence as part
of a plea bargain, after the prosecution and defense agreed Chen was suffering
from a severe depressive disorder at the time of the murder that impaired his
ability to understand and anticipate the consequences of his actions.
one psychiatric report filed for the defense, Prof. Shmuel Tiano said
that Chen “intended to end the lives of both members of the couple, at a time
when he had neither the social judgement or the emotional strength to refrain
from so doing.”
Chen was offered the chance to make a statement to the
court before the judges made their decision to accept the plea bargain. However,
he only wept and said he could not speak.
“This is another of those
cases, all too frequent cases at this time, in which an innocent young woman’s
life is taken, murdered for no reason by someone she thought would be her
partner for life,” said Elron, ruling to accept the plea bargain with its
The court also ordered Chen to pay his wife’s family
compensation of NIS 50,000.
According to the indictment, on the morning
of the murder, Chen and his wife had begun to argue over the fact that Chen had
stopped working a few months earlier.
During the fight, Chen’s wife told
him that if the situation continued, she would leave him.
charges that at this point Chen decided to kill his wife.
knife from the kitchen, Chen stabbed his wife three times, in the stomach, back
and under her chin.
She died at the scene.
Chen then wrote a
suicide note, before telephoning his brother and confessing to him that he had
murdered his wife. Afterward, he swallowed sleeping pills and lay down on the
floor beside his wife’s body.