Shalom Sherki's killer convicted of murder

Khaled Kutina murdered Shalom Sherki and left Shira Klein seriously injured; conviction comes nearly a year to the day of the attack.

Ido Ben-Porat,

Shalom Yohai Sherki
Shalom Yohai Sherki
Courtesy of the family

Jerusalem District Court on Wednesday convicted the Arab terrorist who ran over a young couple in Jerusalem - killing him and leaving her seriously wounded - of murder and attempted murder.

Shalom Sherki was murdered in the attack, which also left Shira Klein hospitalized in serious condition.

The indictment against 37-year-old Khaled Kutina from Shuafat stated that he acted out of nationalistic motivations when he ran down the couple in Jerusalem last year.

Kutina struck on the eve of Israel's Holocaust Memorial Day along Route 1 in the capital, towards Pisgat Ze'ev. CCTV footage from the site showed how he stopped his car at a junction and then, upon noticing the young Jewish couple, hit the gas, veered in from the left lane onto the sidewalk and plowed into them at high speed.

Kutina then reversed into a concrete bollard, in an apparent botched escape, and was arrested by police.

The conviction comes nearly a year to the day of the attack itself.