A man has been charged with brutally stabbing his neighbour to death because he thought she was too noisy.
Yaakov Haimovich, 42, is accused of stabbing Lidar Swisa Yaff, 33, to death outside her apartment in the central Israeli city of Lod in early February.
Haimovich is alleged to have murdered Lidar because he believed that she was making too much noise.
He also allegedly killed her because she had phoned the police a few days earlier when he tried to break into her sixth-floor flat, located directly above his apartment.
Prosecutors have said that Haimovich murdered the victim outside the flat she shared with her husband, not named, because “the noise she made disturbed his rest”.
Prosecutors also said that the murder was carried out “in a particularly cruel way, with a cool head”, with the accused being held for the duration of the investigation.
Haimovich had reportedly complained about the noise for two years and had reportedly turned off Lidar’s electricity several times.
A few days before the murder, Haimovich reportedly knocked on the door and said there were buzzing noises coming from the apartment.
Prosecutors said that Lidar forcefully closed the door when he tried to enter the apartment before calling the police.
The police then told the accused to stop harassing his upstairs neighbour.
Prosecutors said that after that, Haimovich decided to get a knife.
The day of the murder, prosecutors say, Haimovich heard Lidar heading towards the lift from her apartment, cutting her off and allegedly stabbing her at least four times.
The victim was reportedly found dead at around 6am while her mother waited to take her to a fertility clinic for treatment.
Paramedics and a neighbour tried to perform first aid, but she was pronounced dead at the scene.
Haimovich was later arrested, with Abed Abu Amar, from the Public Prosecutor’s Office, saying that it was a “tragic incident”.
He said that his client was in “a grave mental state” and had been released from a psychiatric facility a few months earlier.
An initial examination has reportedly established that the accused suffers from a psychiatric condition.
The victim’s family has blasted the authorities for failing to take action against Haimovich sooner.
Her sister, named in local media as Coral Mazuz, reportedly said: “She warned [about him], she told me she was afraid of him.”
She added: “He knocked on her door last week and she didn’t open the door. She called police and they told her to come to the station, but he was at the door.
“We never thought this would happen. We are in shock. Police should have taken him in a long time ago. They shouldn’t have waited for this to happen.”
Lidar’s dad, who has not been named, reportedly said that other people in the building had also complained about the accused.
The investigation is ongoing.