Israeli man, 76, charged with killing wife over tennis match

Marcy Oster

JERUSALEM (JTA) — A 76-year-old man has been charged with murdering his wife after she disturbed him while he was watching a tennis match.

Moisei Beiniashvilli of Bat Yam, near Tel Aviv, was charged with murder Thursday in Tel Aviv District Court.

His wife, Malka, disturbed him during a critical moment of the Australian Open, which he was watching on television at the end of January, causing him to attack her, prosecutors told the court, Israel’s Channel 2 reported.

Beiniashvilli reportedly beat his wife on the head with a wooden cutting board, which she succeeded in throwing out of an open window in the apartment. He then hit her on the head with a hammer.

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Neighbors heard the woman scream and called police, but were unable to stop the attack.

Police stormed the apartment and arrested Beiniashvilli. His wife died after three days in the hospital.

Prosecutors are seeking to keep Beiniashvilli jailed until the end of his trial.

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