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 his wife's manslaughter.
Alam Tiama stabbed his wife to death last year. The couple were residing in Israel without a residency permit.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.
Tiama was originally charged with murder, which attracts a mandatory life sentence. However, he was convicted of manslaughter under a plea bargain agreed 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 had not planned to kill his wife.