Court sentences mother who murdered own children to two life sentences

Alon's sentence had been delayed substantially following her conviction after she claimed insanity.

Gavel [Illustrative] (photo credit: INIMAGE)
Gavel [Illustrative]
(photo credit: INIMAGE)
The Lod District on Monday sentenced Michal Aloni to two life sentences in prison for murdering her two small children in 2010.
Judge Rut Lorech headed a three-judge panel that also ordered Aloni to pay the children’s father, Amos Aloni, NIS 500,000 compensation plus another NIS 100,000 for each child.
Aloni’s sentence had been delayed substantially following her conviction after she claimed insanity.
Aloni was convicted of strangling her youngest daughter, four-year-old Roni, with a sock and immediately afterwards strangling her sixyear- old daughter, Natalie.
A psychiatric evaluation determined that Aloni was fit to stand trial and serve her sentence.
At the start of the trial, Amos had told reporters his wife murdered his daughters “in cold blood.”
He previously told police he called Magen David Adom paramedics to Aloni’s house after becoming concerned that she did not answer her phone.
Daniel Klughaft, the MDA paramedic first to arrive at the scene, testified that Amos took him to a room where the two girls were and that Michal Aloni had asked if she could look at her daughters.
“She said ‘I want to see the girls, I want to see what I did to them,’” said Klughaft, who later repeated her comments to police.
Klughaft testified that when he arrived at the scene, Aloni’s husband told him to “Save them, she’s killed them.”
Harel Keinan, a member of the Ra’anana municipal security patrol, testified that Amos told them his wife had killed the children.
Aloni’s defense attorney, Orit Hayon, had tried to argue that the prosecution’s case was based on Amos Aloni’s accusation that his wife murdered the two children and that Aloni’s alleged confession was not admissible since it was not taken from her according to regulation.