Gay Pride Stabber Deemed Fit to Stand Trial

Yishai Shlissel to be charged with murder and attempted murder after psychiatric evaluation finds him responsible for his actions.

Cynthia Blank,

Gay pride stabber Yishai Shlissel
Gay pride stabber Yishai Shlissel
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Two-time stabber Yishai Shlissel has been found fit to stand trial for his July attack on the Jerusalem gay pride parade, Channel 10 reports.

A Jerusalem Magistrates Court judge ruled earlier this month that Shlissel may not be competent enough to stand trial, after he repeatedly refused to participate in legal proceedings despite being approached by the public defender's office. 

However, following a psychiatric examination, Shlissel was determined fully responsible for his actions. A report of that examination will be submitted to court prosecutors on Thursday morning, who are then expected to charge him with murder and attempted murder. 

Shlissel, who was released from incarceration three weeks before the parade, stabbed five people at the event, including Shira Banki, who died in hospital days after being critically wounded in the attack. 

In 2005, Shlissel committed a near-identical assault, stabbing a number of marchers at the Jerusalem gay pride parade. He was sentenced to ten years in prison. 

He has a past history of psychotic episodes as well, Channel 10 revealed in early August. In March 2009, Shlissel was transferred to psychiatric care from prison, where he was then treated for a month and a half after being diagnosed as a paranoid psychotic.

After his release from intensive psychiatric care, he had to be treated for his condition by force, the news agency added.




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