The Central District Court on Wednesday handed down a seven-year prison sentence
to an 83-year-old man, after finding him guilty of sexually abusing his
According to the indictment, the defendant, whose identity
is subject to a gag order, sexually assaulted his granddaughter between
1988-1991, when she was under 16 years old.
The defendant was convicted
of raping a minor under 14, as well as counts of indecently assaulting a family
member under age 14 and sexual assault against a minor under 16.
passing sentence, the panel of judges – Ruth Lorch, Tsvi Dotan and Irit
Weinberg- Nutovitz – said that during the years the abuse took place, the
complainant and her family lived close by the defendant’s home, and the
defendant would take care of her when her parents were not at home.
every week or two, the judges said in their ruling, the defendant would enter
the complainant’s bedroom at night and sexually abuse her, while signaling to
her to keep quiet.
The abuse ended when the complainant’s family moved to
a new home in 1991, the judges said.
The judges added that the
complainant only told her parents about the abuse when she was 19 and serving in
the IDF, when during a fight with her mother she snapped and said her
grandfather had sexually assaulted her.
Initially, however, the
complainant refused to tell the police about the abuse, the court said, even
though her family cut off contact with the defendant.
decided to make a police complaint in 2010, after undertaking
Attorney Eliana Danielly, prosecuting for the state, asked the
judges to impose a harsh sentence of between 10 and 16 years in prison, saying
the defendant had exploited the trust placed in him as a family member, and that
he had not expressed remorse.
The court heard that the complainant
suffered from post-traumatic stress symptoms, including insomnia and
Attorney Albert Taib, defending, said the defendant
maintained his innocence even after the guilty verdict, and said he had
difficulty in dealing with the complainant’s version, because she chose to
complain only years after the alleged events. This, Taib said, made it
impossible for the defendant to mount a defense and bring evidence, including
the testimony of his late wife.
In passing sentence, the judges said that
the defendant had made the abuse into a routine for the complainant and
exploited his position of trust.
The judges said that they had taken into
account the defendant’s age, lack of criminal record and the fact that the
offenses were committed over 20 years ago.
Taib asked for the sentence to
be postponed pending an appeal, but the judges refused the request. However,
they ruled to allow the defendant until May 20 to start his prison
The court also ordered the defendant to pay the complainant
compensation of NIS 50,000.