A Haifa district court sentenced a Kiryat Ata resident to 11 years in prison on Monday for a stabbing attack precipitated by a case of mistaken identity.
The defendant, Shlomo Pinto, was convicted of attempted murder for the stabbing of Uri Razkan, a 22-year old Jewish supermarket clerk.
According to the conviction, Pinto had resolved to kill an Arab in revenge for a string of terrorist stabbings across Israel beginning in September of that year. For the planned attack, Pinto brought with him a box-cutter and a hammer.
The attack, which took place in October, 2015, began when Pinto spotted Razkan at a Shufersal supermarket in Kiryat Ata. Believing Razkan was an Arab employee, Pinto approached him from behind while Razkan was arranging food items. Pinto drew his box-cutter and stabbed Razkan repeatedly in the back, waist, and shoulders.
Razkan fled and Pinto gave chase, pursuing him with the drawn box-cutter.
As a result of the attack, Razkan suffered damage to his lungs, right kidney, and back.
In addition to the 11-year prison sentence, the court ordered Pinto to pay 50,000 shekels ($13,580) in compensation to Razkan, and gave Pinto an additional 18 month suspended sentence.