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Vinstz Synagogue - (Stamford Hill) London, England
Arrested and charged with raping a boy in a synagogue men's room. Moshe Reichman is from Golders Green, North-West London. He is accused of four offences which allegedly took place four years ago. There are several individuals with the name of Moshe Reichman. The individual discussed on this page was born around 1984 in Great Britain.
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How a puncture on the A40 caught a rapist on the run
By Candice Krieger
Jewish Chronical - June 6, 2008
A convicted rapist who fled Israel before he could be jailed for a sex attack on an underage boy was caught last week when police stopped to help him change a wheel on a busy road.
Nachman Stal, 37, is understood to have been living in secret among the Charedi community of Stamford Hill, North London, since skipping the country two years ago.
But he was recaptured last Wednesday when his car had a puncture on the Westway stretch of the A40 in Ladbroke Grove, West London.
Mr Stal, rumoured to be working as a driver in the London area and using a false passport, had pulled over to change the tyre when police in a passing patrol car stopped to help. He was arrested on a provisional extradition warrant after a routine check of police records revealed the driver to be the fugitive Stal.
On Wednesday he appeared at Westminster extradition court via video-link from Wandsworth Prison, where he is being held in custody.
Stal, a Ger Chasid, was convicted of raping a boy under the age of 16 in Tel Aviv between April and May 1998 and indecently assaulting a boy under the age of 16 in Tel Aviv between December 1998 and February 1999.
The incidents allegedly took place in his car. He was convicted in 2006 but fled the jurisdiction — not the first time he had gone missing.
Stal, who used to live in Kiryat Sefer, east of Tel Aviv, was first indicted in 2000 but did not turn up for the trial hearing, and the indictment was cancelled.
It was thought he had fled to Britain. The charges were renewed in September 2004 when he returned to Israel. He was convicted in 2006 but managed to escape for a second time, fleeing the jurisdiction, even though police were holding his passport.
A new remand hearing, again via video-link, will take place on June 25 at Westminster extradition court.
A spokesperson from the Israeli Embassy said: "The Israeli Embassy only knows about such cases when the Israeli citizen involved chooses to notify us and in this case he hasn't.'"
Stamford Hill's Rabbi Avraham Pinter said he was not aware of Stal or that he had been hiding in London.
- A Charedi man was due to appear at Snaresbrook Crown Court today (Friday) accused of raping a 12-year-old boy in a London synagogue toilet.
Moshe Reichman, 24, was charged under the Sexual Offences Act 2003.
The rape is alleged to have taken place at the Vinstz Synagogue in Stamford Hill, home to Europe's largest Charedi population.
A man has been charged with raping a boy in a synagogue men's room.
Moshe Reichman, 23, a father of two from Golders Green, North-West London, is accused of four offences which allegedly took place four years ago.
The boy, who is also Jewish and who was 11 or 12 years old at the time, cannot be named. He had left his family home on the day of the alleged incident to buy milk for his mother in nearby Stamford Hill.
Prosecutors say the boy was approached in the street by the defendant, who allegedly asked him to show him where a particular synagogue was.
Once there, Mr Reichman allegedly pulled the complainant inside and into a cubicle in the male toilets, where it is claimed he performed an indecent act on the boy before raping him.
The boy only complained to police this February and Mr Reichman was arrested on March 3. He was remanded in custody and twice refused bail.
But at Snaresbrook Crown Court last week, his barrister Gary Grant made a bail application with strict conditions, to which Judge Timothy King agreed.
The package included a £50,000 surety from the defendant's rabbi, Leone Rabinowitz, and a 24-hour curfew at the Stamford Hill address of a fellow community member. Mr Reichman, who had to have the court proceedings translated into Yiddish, will be allowed to leave this address only if accompanied by one of six chaperones, who are rabbis and senior members of the Charedi community.
A trial date has been set for January 26 next year.
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