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The Tel Aviv District Court Tuesday sentenced Viacheslav Ivanov to 18.5 years in
prison for a string of violent offenses against his wife, culminating in an
attempt to beat her to death with a hammer.
Ivanov was indicted and
eventually convicted of four offenses that comprised an escalating pattern of
violence that occurred after his wife had asked for a divorce.
final act of violence, Ivanov forced his wife to undress at knifepoint, took
photographs of her, threatened to kill her and then kicked her and beat her with
a hammer, fracturing her skull and multiple bones.
The couple’s daughter
called the police, an act that saved the woman from certain death, the judges
Since his arrest, Ivanov has denied the charges against him. He
told police that he was holding a hammer over his unconscious wife because he
was afraid she was about to attack him.
The defendant also told the court
that his wife was a prostitute, an argument the judges rejected as being without
a shred of evidence.
In sentencing Ivanov to 18.5 years, the judges wrote
that the severity of the violence deserved a harsh punishment.
rejected the defense’s plea for a lighter sentence on the grounds of Ivanov’s
age, which was 58 at the time of the attempted murder.
“The acts for
which the defendant has been convicted are shocking in their
They are evil, cruel and unusual, and in our view they justify
the maximum penalty,” the judges wrote.
“This was animal behavior towards
the plaintiff that occurred over a period of time, and included verbal and
physical abuse to the plaintiff, her property and those around her.”
addition to the prison term, Ivanov was ordered to pay the plaintiff
compensation of NIS 250,000.