David Nahum, 63, was found dead Sunday in an apartment in the northern town of Tirat Carmel with stab wounds on his upper body.
An initial investigation raised suspicion of domestic violence, police said. The man’s 53-year-old wife was arrested on site, and police were intending to ask the Haifa Magistrate’s Court to extend her remand. Several more family members also arrived at the city’s police department.
Police said they were unaware of any prior complaints involving the couple, but neighbors said they “had problems.” One of the neighbors said Nahum made his wife’s life “miserable,” Hebrew news website Walla reported.
Nahum died around around 7 a.m. (local time), after neighbors reported hearing screams from the apartment. First-aid personnel who rushed to the fourth-floor apartment found the man stabbed in his chest and abdomen.
“When we arrived at the scene we saw an unconscious man with signs of violence in his upper body,” said Magen David Adom paramedic Jonathan Sneh. “We had nothing left to do but announce his death.”
The couple had lived together for many years and had two kids, aged 20 and 18. “We are shocked. She is a good woman who helps everyone,” said several neighbors following the incident.
Nahum’s body was sent to the Abu Kabir Forensic Institute for further examination.
On Friday, a man was killed in the village of Zalafa in Wadi Ara in another suspected family dispute. As’ad Naif Amara, who was in his 60s, died from gunshots directed toward him and his son, who was badly injured.
In that incident, the suspected shooter is the victim’s nephew, who is married to the victim’s daughter. Police suspect the shooting was committed following a family feud.