Ben-Dror in court
Photo: Ofer Amram
Children's uncle displays their photos
Photo: Ofer Amram

Father who killed 3 children 'fit for detention'

Following psychiatric evaluation, Itay Ben-Dror pronounced fit to be detained. Victims' uncle: They are no longer his children

Itay Ben-Dror, who is accused of killing his three children, has been deemed fit to be detained and will be transferred to the Israel Prison Service soon. It has still not been decided whether he is fit to stand trial.


Relatives of the three dead children - Omer, Roni and Or - were present during the deliberations at the Ramla Magistrates' Court and held pictures of the victims.


"They're no longer his children," said Albert Shem-Tov, the brother of the children's mother Lilach. "We came to see him from close up, because I want to see him and make sure he gets the punishment he deserves after what he did to the children and the family. I want him to see these pictures during the deliberations. I want to show him the pictures so that he'll understand what he did."


Albert Shem-Tov. 'So he'll understand what he did' (Photo: Ofer Amram)


"Even now he still thinks he did the right thing," the children's uncle said. "It's clear to us that he's putting it on and that he's fit to stand trial. It's the only way he has to try to wriggle out of getting punished. We'll come to all the deliberations until the final decision, till he gets at least three life sentences."


On Monday the father was brought in his night clothes from the hospital to his apartment in Netanya to reenact the murder. Nonchalantly and expressing no remorse, he explained how he murdered his children after they had fallen asleep.


A source present during the reenactment told Ynet that Ben-Dror did not ask forgiveness and shed no tear. When he was taken out of the apartment, neighbors shouted at him "murderer," "how do you sleep at night," and "may you suffer all your life, shame on you."


His detention was extended at the beginning of the week by ten days and he was sent for psychiatric evaluation. Ben-Dror is also under 24-hour observation. He is expected to be held in a separate cell under continual observation.



פרסום ראשון: 07.28.10, 12:58
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