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Queens handyman accused of stabbing lover 58 times, stuffing body in duffel bag

Marlene Lenthang and Jonathan Dienst and Marc Santia and Myles Miller·3 min read

A handyman accused of stabbing a Queens mother 58 times, stuffing her body in her son's hockey bag and leaving it on the side of a road was having an on and off affair with the victim, New York City police said Thursday.

David Bonola, 44, of Queens, was taken into custody on charges of murder, criminal tampering and criminal possession of a weapon in the killing of Orsolya Gaal, according to police.

Chief of Detectives James Essig said in a news conference Thursday that Bonola was in “an intimate relationship” with Gaal for two years. He said there are no other suspects in her death at this time.

Orsolya Gaal (via Facebook)
Orsolya Gaal (via Facebook)

Gaal, a 51-year-old mother of two, was found in a bag on the corner of Metropolitan Avenue and Jackie Robinson Parkway in Forest Hills shortly after 8 a.m. Saturday, the NYPD said.

Bonola had worked at Gaal's home for two years as a handyman, police said.

“They had been off and on, and they had broken up prior but had reunited early in the month of April. Their relationship was considered at an end," one official said. It's not clear who initiated the break up.

Police shared a timeline of events leading up to Gaal’s death.

According to authorities, she attended a show Friday night at the Lincoln Center in Manhattan, then took the train back to Forest Hills. Gaal stopped at a local establishment about 11:20 p.m. before returning home an hour later.

Bonola arrived at the residence between 12:30 and 12:40 a.m. He was either “let in voluntarily” or used a key he had knowledge about hidden in a barbecue, Essig said.

The pair argued in the basement and a knife was produced. They were having a “domestic type dispute” over their intimate relationship, Lt. Timothy Thompson with the NYPD’s Queens North homicide squad said.

Gaal was "ruthlessly and brutally" stabbed in the basement, according to Essig.

She had 58 stab wounds to her neck, torso, arm and hand, police sources previously said. The hand wounds were likely from attempts to fight off the attacker, according to the sources.

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