Additional 10 days for father suspected of murdering his three preteen children in Netanya.
By BEN HARTMAN
The Ramle Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday extended by an additional 10 days the remand of a father suspected of murdering his three preteen children in Netanya a week and a half ago.Police told the court that they expected to issue an indictment very soon.Itai Ben-Dror, 38, was arrested on July 24 after rescue personnel responding to a call from his adoptive father found him lying in bed in his Netanya apartment next to the dead bodies of his three children – Omer, 10, Roni, eight, and Or, five. All three children had stab wounds across their entire bodies and had been covered with a blanket. Police believe Ben-Dror put the children to bed and then stabbed them in their sleep.When questioned by reporters at the hearing, Ben-Dror said only, “My children, Or, Omer and Roni, forever.”He was answered by relatives of the children’s mother, including her brother Albert Shem-Tov, who repeatedly told the accused, “Look me in the eyes, Itai, lift your head and look me in the eyes and say you’re sorry for what you did.”Ben-Dror did not respond.Ben-Dror’s attorney Ran Alon asked the court to lift the requirement that his client be kept chained to his bed 24 hours a day to prevent him from attempting suicide. The court refused the request.The incident in July came only two months after Ben-Dror was discharged from a psychiatric hospital, where he had been hospitalized for several months for severe depression. He had also reportedly tried to kill himself at least six times in the past.
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