The handyman lover of slain Queens mom Orsolya Gaal was charged Thursday after confessing to the “horrendous” slaying — after he was busted returning back to the crime scene, police said.
David Bonola, 44, was taken into custody and charged with murder, criminal tampering and criminal possession of a weapon over the brutal weekend stabbing, the NYPD confirmed early Thursday.
He was “a handyman who was employed by Mrs. Gaal” and had been “having an intimate affair for approximately two years,” NYPD Chief of Detectives James Essig revealed Thursday.
He was arrested late Wednesday after returning to the crime scene near his ex-lover’s stately Forest Hills home, where he was taken in by detectives who were there looking for more surveillance video in the case, Essig said.
“He voluntarily came back to the 112 precinct and made incriminating statements,” the chief of detectives said of the “horrendous homicide.”
Bonola is believed to have arrived at Gaal’s home in the early hours of Saturday just 10 minutes after she got home from an evening out at Lincoln Center and then a drink alone at a local bar, Essig said.
The on-off lover was “either let involuntarily, or he uses a key he has knowledge about hidden in a barbecue.”
“A heated argument ensues between the two in the basement. A knife is brandished, a violent struggle ensues, resulting in our victim being stabbed ruthlessly and brutally in excess of 55 times, causing her demise,” Essig said.
“Bonola then retrieved a hockey bag belonging to Mrs. Gaal’s son, placed her in the bag and — as video showed — was seen rolling the body down the sidewalk, leaving a bloody trail through the streets of Forest Hills,” Essig said.
Detectives found the likely murder weapon at the scene, as well as his jacket, which he appeared to have tossed while fleeing the scene.
Detectives also found where he appeared to have stashed his blood-soaked boots, T-shirt and bandages, Essig said.
Bonola also suffered serious cuts to both his own hands during the attack, and was treated at a local hospital, the cop said.
He also admitted sending disturbing text messages to his victim’s family from his murdered lover’s phone, officials said.
Bonola, from Richmond Hill, has no prior arrests, Essig said, stressing that handyman acted alone.
“I just want to assure the public and especially the residents of Forest Hills, that there are no outstanding suspects at this time,” he stressed.
A Facebook account under Bonola’s name previously commented on some of Gaal’s photos — as well as sending her public messages of “love” and “heart” emojis.
“Es la mujer más hermosa” — Spanish for “She is the most beautiful woman” — he wrote alongside one photo of her in May 2020, along with a blushing face emoji covered in hearts.
That message also included an emoji of Guatemala’s flag, months after Gaal posted that she loves “everything Guatemalan” — and a year after she posted photos of her own trip to the Central American country.
“Your loving sight,” he also wrote in Spanish to a screenshot that May of her posing during a Zoom party with friends.
That same month he also posted a heart and a simple “Hola” to a childhood photo of Gaal — one she posted sandwiched between two gushing tributes to her husband, with photos from their wedding day.
The scantily used account, which suggests he was a scriptwriter, also sent a heart to a photo Gaal posted in October 2019 of her in a field. The mom gave a thumbs up to his comment each time.
Neither appeared to be officially listed as friends Thursday on their accounts, including another under his name that was used a little more regularly.
Police quickly suspected that the killer knew Gaal since there were no signs of a break-in, and because the violence suggested it was personal and fueled by anger specifically toward her.
They focused on her handyman, understanding that he had a romantic relationship that went south, sources said.
Gaal’s 13-year-old son was upstairs in the house at the time his mom was brutally murdered downstairs, and was briefly taken to a precinct for questioning, saying he did not know where his mom was.
Her 53-year-old husband, Howard Klein, was in Oregon with their 17-year-old son visiting colleges at the time.
The handyman confessed to sending threatening messages to Klein from Gaal’s phone, including one warning, “Your whole family is next.”
Before the arrest, Klein had feared that his whole family was at risk, he told The Post.