A man suspected of strangling his 4-year-old nephew to death earlier this month was charged with his murder Thursday by the Jerusalem District Court.
The court imposed a ban on identifying the 27-year-old victim or accused. The incident occurred in the Ramot district of the capital. The prosecution has requested that the alleged murderer remain in detention for the duration of the proceedings.
The prosecution alleged that the boy was strangled to death after entering his uncle’s bedroom. The motive for the alleged murder was not given, although the accused was known to have persistent mental health issues.
Noting his absence, the boy’s parents sent his grandparents to look for him in the house. The grandparents found the bedroom door locked and upon entering found their grandson unconscious with strangulation marks on his neck.
After paramedics arrived at the scene, they were able to briefly restore the victim’s heartbeat, but he succumbed to his injuries the following day.
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Police scuffle with ultra-Orthodox men in Jerusalem’s Ramot neighborhood on August 15, 2022, during a protest against the autopsy of a 4-year-old boy who was allegedly strangled to death by his uncle days earlier. . (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Initially, the prosecution sought to perform an autopsy on the victim. But after a request from the victim’s family as well as public backlash from sections of the ultra-Orthodox community, the court quashed the plans.
Jewish tradition generally opposes autopsies on the grounds that the human body is sacred and should not be altered after death. Exceptions are often made in murder or manslaughter cases and courts have in the past overruled families’ wishes.
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. man suspected of having strangled dead nephew years old accused murder