Man awaiting trial for nearly killing wife now suspected of further threats

Aviad Moshe, accused of attempted murder over attack on Shira Isakov, is said to have told his parents he’d arrange for criminal underworld figure to intimidate or harm her

(L) Aviad Moshe (Courtesy) and (R) Shira Isakov (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
(L) Aviad Moshe (Courtesy) and (R) Shira Isakov (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Police handed over evidence to prosecutors on Monday following an investigation into a man who allegedly planned to threaten his ex-wife, a woman he is already accused of trying to murder.

Aviad Moshe is said to have made the threats even as he remains in jail awaiting trial of his near-fatal assault on Shira Isakov last year.

Police opened an investigation after Moshe was said to have made the threats during a conversation with his parents, who were visiting him in Ohalei Kedar detention center in the southern Negev region at the end of last month.

A prison officer at the time reported to prison officials that he heard Moshe saying he wanted another prisoner to use his ties to the criminal underworld to threaten Isakov, or even harm her, according to Hebrew media reports. Moshe was subsequently arrested.

Aviad Moshe (C) at a court hearing following a request to extend his remand on suspicion that he planned to threaten or harm his ex-wife Shira Isakov, at the Beersheba District Court, June 3, 2021. (Flash90)

In the wake of the incident, Moshe’s parents were questioned last week by police, Channel 12 news reported. They denied their son had made any threats.

Moshe was charged last October with stabbing his then-wife, Isakov, 20 times, hitting her with a rolling pin and strangling her on the eve of the Rosh Hashanah holiday on September 18 at their home in the southern town of Mitzpe Rimon. Isakov was critically injured in the assault, which Moshe allegedly carried out in front of their 1-year-old son.

Isakov was hospitalized in serious condition and underwent emergency surgery at Beersheba’s Soroka Medical Center. Since then she has undergone multiple procedures to rebuild her face.

The couple has since divorced.

In February, Moshe presented his defense at Beersheba District Court in which he admitted he had assaulted Isakov but claimed he did not intend to kill her. He said she had provoked him, causing him to lose control of himself and attack her. Moshe also asked for the dismissal of a charge of abusing their baby on the grounds that he assaulted his wife in front of him, as it has never been used before.

Isakov has been lauded for her efforts to raise awareness of domestic violence.

She and a neighbor who saved her from her husband were both honored in April at the official torch-lighting ceremony held annually at the start of Israel’s Independence Day.

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