AFTER 55 years of marriage an elderly man “just snapped” at his wife and allegedly stabbed the 74-year-old through the neck after she laughed at him when he accused her of having an affair. Ben Ivanoff faced Gosford Local Court this morning charged with the stabbing murder of his wife Leonne Ivanoff in the upstairs loungeroom of their Nowack Ave home at Umina Beach shortly before 3pm yesterday.
The 77-year-old’s Legal Aid solicitor said he suffered from depression, macular degeneration, heart problems and had recently been diagnosed with depression. She told the court the pensioner was not entering a plea today but “intends to plead not guilty” and needed to be released on bail to secure legal advice and continue his medical treatment.
The couple has lived at the two-storey house for most of their married life and police will allege that while there had never been any violence before, the relationship had deteriorated in recent years because of Mrs. Ivanoff’s “bickering” and “nagging”. Police also allege Mr. Ivanoff was under the misguided belief his wife was having an affair and whenever he raised it with her she would laugh at him, which would further enrage him. (*Source: news.com.au JANUARY 9, 2017)
Magistrate Bruce Williams refused bail saying the medical conditions he had were still present and, faced with similar circumstances, he could be “a risk of further offending”. “The accused is charged with the murder of his wife in circumstances where things got out of hand, there was arguing and he allegedly stabbed her,” he said. He told police he only wanted to scare her. Dressed in a pair of white forensic services overalls Mr. Ivanoff said nothing during his brief appearance and will return to court on March 3.