Sentence of 14-year-old terrorist reduced

Court lowers from 12 to 9.5 years sentence of terrorist who went on stabbing spree in J'lem, due to his age and 'rehabilitation.'

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Teenage terrorist from Pisgat Zeev attack
Teenage terrorist from Pisgat Zeev attack
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Supreme Court Justices Esther Hayut, Anat Baron and David Mintz on Thursday lightened the punishment of the 14-year-old terrorist who carried out a terror attack in the Pisgat Ze'ev neighborhood of Jerusalem together with his cousin on October 12, 2015.

The judges decided to reject the appeal of the terrorist, and determined that he had intended to kill the Israelis he had attacked.

However, the judges decided that in view of his young age and in light of his rehabilitation efforts, his sentence should be shortened from 12 years to 9-and-a-half years in prison.

"The Appellant, together with his cousin, devised a plan to murder innocents on the basis of nationalistic and ideological reasons. The two were equipped with destructive tools and worked together to carry out their plan,” wrote Justice Mintz. “Due to their actions, severe harm was caused to a complainant and to a child, and the physical and emotional consequences accompany the victims to this day. Severe acts of this kind that are committed for nationalist and ideological reasons require a significant punishment."

"However, in the meantime, the Appellant has undergone a long rehabilitation period, as detailed in the Probation Service reviews. In light of all the aforesaid regarding his part in the second incident, the recommendation of the Probation Service and his age, it is appropriate to shorten the term imposed by the district court to 9-and-a-half instead of 12 years, "Justice Mintz added.