A 65-year-old man allegedly stabbed his wife to death Tuesday in their apartment on Hebron Road in Herzliya. Mordechai Chaim called the police to confess and was taken in for questioning, where he told authorities he wanted to see a psychiatrist.
Chaim was remanded for six days and ordered to undergo a psychiatric evaluation.
Chaim’s wife was a 38-year-old Filipino national named Elsie Legonday.
Lieutenant Commander Daniel Nimrod said her body, covered with stab wounds, was found in their bedroom. The couple’s four-year-old daughter was crying next to her mother’s body. The child was taken into state care.
Authorities tried to locate the woman’s family in the Philippines.
Police said they knew the suspect. Twenty-one years ago, Chaim was arrested for killing his first wife. He was never charged because authorities deemed him unfit to stand trial. Instead, he was placed in Abarbanel Mental Health Center in Bat Yam.
He was released about seven years ago and police said they had not received any further complaints of violence.