Orsolya Gaal murder: David Bonola claims Queens mom gave him HIV, says 'she used me'
QUEENS, NEW YORK: David Bonola, the handyman accused of brutally stabbing Queens mom Orsolya Gaal dead, claimed that he killed her because he believed she gave him HIV during their affair. Bonola, 44, was arrested and charged with murder, criminal tampering in the first degree and criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree, police said on April 21.
Gaal, a 55-year-old mom-of-two, was stabbed nearly 60 times before her body was disposed of in a duffel bag. She was murdered in the basement of her house while her son, 13, was upstairs. NYPD Chief of Detectives James Essig said at a press conference that Gaal and Bonola had been in an "off-and-on" relationship for at least two years. Bonola was employed as a handyman for the family's home. Although the two allegedly reunited in April, their relationship was considered at an end at the time when Gaal was killed.
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David Bonola has now told detectives that Gaal “was cheating on me", according to a Queens Supreme Court filing. “She gave me HIV,” Bonola allegedly told detectives at the 112th Precinct on April 20. “She lied to me, she used me. She told me that she loved me. She couldn’t be with one person.” Bonola also claimed that Gaal “took a phone call from another guy” and “said she was going to see him." “That made me angry. I couldn’t accept it,” he reportedly said.
Recounting the day of the vicious slaying, Bonola, a heating and air conditioning repairman who had worked for Gaal's family, told cops after being taken into custody, “I knocked on her door." “She opened the door and asked me what I was doing there,” he recalled. “I told her that I just wanted her to tell me the truth about why she gave me HIV. She said she didn’t have HIV.”
Gaal told him their affair was over, grabbed a knife and demanded that he leave, the handyman claimed. “I grabbed the knife and cut her from the neck,” Bonola allegedly told police. “She kept fighting and we fall. She was moving and trying to grab me so I stabbed her in the neck to get her to stop attacking me.” He allegedly cleaned up the house with towels and stuffed her body in her son’s hockey duffel bag, which was later found dumped. He then took her phone and sent a bone-chilling text to Gaal's husband, saying, "Your whole family is next", claiming to be a man she had once allegedly sent to jail.
“In the past, she told me that she had sent a man to jail so I sent a message to her husband pretending to be that guy because I was scared,” Bonola allegedly said. “I took her laptop because she had sex videos on the laptop. I threw her laptop in the Hudson River where I used to visit her.” Bonola is a married dad of two. His estranged wife and children also live in Queens, sources said.