(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
A 23-year-old Eritrean man accused of stabbing his wife to death in the
capital’s Bayit Vegan neighborhood last month was indicted in the Jerusalem
District Court on Wednesday.
The state requested that Alam Gevriyahu
Tiamoh be held in detention for the remainder of the legal proceedings because
he posed a flight risk.
Tiamoh and his wife, Helen Tekla, also from
Eritrea, had been in Israel for a number of months after entering illegally
sometime in 2010. The two lived in the city’s Mahaneh Yehuda area and worked for
a cleaning company. They were married three months ago.
Two months after
their marriage, following several incidents of domestic violence, Tekla left her
husband and went to live with relatives elsewhere in the city.
not file a complaint with authorities.
On January 24, around 9 p.m.,
Tiamoh allegedly went to confront Tekla at a bus stop on Rehov Frank in Bayit
Vegan, close to where Tekla was employed as a cleaner in a private
When a bus arrived at the stop and Tekla tried to get on, Tiamoh
took out a knife and stabbed her in the neck, stomach and right
Magen David Adom paramedics administered CPR before evacuating her
to Hadassah-University Medical Center, Ein Kerem, but she died during the
Tiamoh fled the scene after throwing the knife into a courtyard.
He was apprehended by police four days later in Tel Aviv.
District police said this was the first incident of violent crime within the
foreign worker and migrant community in the capital.