Man who confessed to killing daughter remanded for 3 more days

Police present psychiatric evaluation showing that Assaf Goldring is fit to stand trial, court allows suspect to see his father; indictment due Thurs.

Noa Goldring 248.88 (photo credit: Channel 10)
Noa Goldring 248.88
(photo credit: Channel 10)
The father who choked his two-year-old daughter to death with plastic nylon was following a detailed plan to inflict revenge on his wife who had begun a separation from him, police said during a remand hearing for the murder suspect on Tuesday. The Ramle Magistrate Court extended Assaf Goldring's custody by three days, after police presented findings by the Central District psychiatrist showing that Goldring was sane and was fit to stand trial. State prosecutors plan to indict Goldring on murder charges on Thursday. Goldring, 30, has confessed to killing his daughter, Noa, in their Bazra home on July 25, though his lawyer, Gad Zilbershlag, has suggested that his client was mentally imbalanced and was under the influence of unspecified drugs when committing the act. "He was found fit to stand trial, and he does not need to be in a psychiatric hospital," Ch.-Supt. Micha Levine, head of the homicide department of the Central District's Central Unit, told The Jerusalem Post. Goldring, who is reported to have made a number of suicide attempts since being arrested, including slitting his writs in the minutes after the murder, will be transferred from Hasharon Psychiatric Hospital to an Israel Prisons Authority facility, Levine said. "According to the results of our investigation, he planned this well, including his acts before, during and after the murder," Levine said. "This is apparent. The murder was like a ceremony. While she slept, he placed nylon around her face and choked her. He didn't use something else because he wanted her to stay pretty," Levine added. "After choking her, he made sure she was dead, checking her pulse and putting his ear to her chest. He cleaned her and put her in nice clothes. This was a real ceremony," the detective continued. "Prior to the murder he wrote a letter [to his wife], and a few days beforehand he canceled his daughter's life insurance fund." Levine said Goldring changed his testimony repeatedly and refused to cooperate with attempts to take samples to ascertain whether he really was under the influence of drugs. "The drugs may or may not have been taken, but they are being used in an attempt to establish a basis for insanity," Levine said. "I can say based on the evidence and personal familiarity with the suspect that he is very level headed and thought it out. He is narcissistic and was aware of his acts and their consequences." Levine said the results of the psychiatrist's examination "fits well with the results of our investigation."