Friday, January 10, 2003

Case of Gal Shamir

Case of Gal Shamir

Holon, Israel

Gal Shamir was convicted and 17 years imprisonment for sexually assaulting six children.

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  1. Rapist gets 17 years for raping 14-year-old girl  (01/10/2003)


Rapist gets 17 years for raping 14-year-old girl
By Zvi Harel, Haaretz Correspondent
Haaretz - January 10, 2003

A 23-year-old man was sentenced on Wednesday to 17 years imprisonment for sexually assaulting six children.

The Tel Aviv District Court accepted the plea bargain reached with the suspect from Holon in the center of the country, under which the man was convicted of one count of rape and five counts of sexual assault.

The original indictment accused the suspected, Gal Shamir, of rape and attempted rape. The district court judges said Wednesday that had Shamir not confessed to the charges against him, they would have handed down a much harsher sentence.

Shamir was convicted of raping a 14-year-old girl in Holon last October as she walked home from a girlfriend's house. The charge sheet states that Shamir grabbed the girl's shoulder and snatched her cellular telephone away from her while she was talking. He then dragged her into the garbage room of a nearby building and raped her at knifepoint.

The girl suffered severe health and mental problems as a result of the rape. The girl's mother was called to the stand during Shamir's trial and described how her daughter had changed beyond recognition and is still undergoing hospital treatment. She also lost some 15 kilograms in weight.

The district court judges also ordered Shamir to pay out NIS 75,000 in compensation to the children. The 14-year-old girl will receive NIS 50,000 in compensation while the five others will get NIS 5,000 each.


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