Man who burned wife to death sentenced to life in prison

Haifa's District Court on Tuesday sentenced a man who murdered his wife by setting her on fire to life in prison. Avitor Avshalomov was convicted last month of premeditated murder after he attacked his wife Larisa Davidov in their Kiryat Yam apartment, and burned her to death while beating her. Avshalomov told police that he did it because he suspected her of cheating on him. "The defendant killed his victim with excessive cruelty, while causing her great suffering and pain, and paid no heed to her screams of pain which were heard from afar - even when she was burning like a torch," judge Yosef Elron wrote in his decision. "If this were not enough, when reenacting the deed the defendant expressed deep satisfaction for the victim's death, while reviling her," he added.