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Woman found dead at home; police arrest husband nonchalantly smoking in living room

Petah Tikva man said to tell medics that his wife had been dead since the morning; neighbor says husband had cut marks on his hand, told her that he wanted to die

Illustrative: A police car and ambulance in Petah Tikva, August 4, 2017. (Roy Alima/Flash90)
Illustrative: A police car and ambulance in Petah Tikva, August 4, 2017. (Roy Alima/Flash90)

A 65-year-old woman was found dead at her Petah Tikva apartment on Thursday evening.

Police who arrived at the scene found her husband nonchalantly smoking a cigarette and drinking alcohol. They detained him for questioning.

An initial investigation revealed that the woman had died early Thursday morning and that her husband had phoned a relative to break the news. The relative then phoned Magen David Adom, whose medics arrived at the apartment to find the woman’s body in her bed. The husband was in the living room, apparently unmoved by the ordeal and telling the medics that his wife had been dead since the morning, according to Hebrew media reports.

Suspecting foul play, the medics called the police who detained the man and are looking into whether there were grounds to launch a murder investigation.

Naomi Wisner, a neighbor who lives in a nearby building, told the Ynet news site that she walked into the couple’s apartment and saw the husband sitting relaxed in the living room with cut marks on his hand. She then walked into the bedroom to find the woman’s body in “poor condition.” The neighbor said the husband told her, “I’ve been married to her since 1976, she’s been dead since this morning and I want to die too.” He did not answer any more questions, the neighbor said.

The woman’s body was taken to the National Center for Forensic Medicine for autopsy.

According to a report published by researchers at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in January, there were 16 cases of women murdered in Israel by a relative or a partner throughout 2021, and 21 cases in 2020.

More recent cases include a woman in her 50s who was found dead in Ashdod last month, with her ex-husband, 54, arrested as the prime suspect. A 62-year-old woman who was stabbed to death in the northern city of Kiryat Ata earlier in May with her son arrested as the prime suspect, and a 30-year-old man from Lod who in April confessed to killing his 60-year-old mother.

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