Tel Aviv man charged with mother's murder

Binyamin Davidi allegedly stabbed his mother to death after she repeatedly asked him to leave her apartment.

Knife (illustrative) 370 (photo credit: Knife)
Knife (illustrative) 370
(photo credit: Knife)
The Tel Aviv District Attorney filed an indictment in the district court on Thursday charging a 41-year-old man with the murder of his mother last month.
According to the indictment, Binyamin Davidi stabbed his mother, Dania Davidi, to death in her apartment on Tel Aviv’s Namir Road on April 14, after she asked him several times to leave.
Approximately two weeks before the stabbing, the indictment said, Davidi had moved into his mother’s apartment.
However, the two began to argue after Davidi’s mother repeatedly asked him to leave, the indictment alleges.
Those arguments came to a head on April 13 and 14, and Davidi’s mother even called a 24/7 personal security and care service, Moked Enosh, to which she was subscribed, and asked them to help her evict Davidi from her apartment, the indictment said.
On April 14, after his mother asked him to leave again, Davidi allegedly took a knife from a drawer in the kitchen and stabbed his mother multiple times in the chest and hands. The fatal blow was a stab wound to the left side of her chest, which caused respiratory failure and severe blood loss, the indictment said.
Davidi’s mother also suffered multiple stab wounds to her hands and chest and bruising and bleeding to her neck and chest.
Alongside the indictment, the district attorney also filed a request to remand Davidi in custody throughout the legal proceedings against him.
The remand request says a police forensics team found Davidi’s DNA on the handle of the alleged murder weapon, which was discovered in a garbage can. The victim’s blood was on the blade and on a pair of trousers allegedly belonging to Davidi, the remand request said.
The remand request also cites as prima facie evidence a tape recording of a phone call made by Davidi’s mother to Moked Enosh, which, the district attorney charges, recorded the events of the alleged murder in real time.
Davidi was arrested the morning after the stabbing last month, and a police representative said that Davidi had no fixed address and would stay with his mother from time to time.
In a remand hearing last month, Davidi’s lawyer, Neil Simon, said the killing was “at most manslaughter, not premeditated murder.”
For a court to find a defendant guilty of murder, the prosecution must prove beyond reasonable doubt that a killing was premeditated.