Man charged with attempted murder after Nahariya stabbing

Anwar Masalaha from Abu Sinan in the Galilee bought pen knife and stabbed 65-year-old Esther Porat 13 times, according to indictment.

March 23, 2012 04:35
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The Haifa District Attorney filed an indictment in the district court on Thursday, charging a 46-year-old Arab Israeli man with the attempted murder of a 65- year-old woman earlier this month.

According to the indictment, Anwar Masalaha from Abu Sinan in the Galilee traveled to nearby Nahariya in the morning of March 11, where he bought a penknife.

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Shortly afterward, Masalaha spotted 65-year-old Esther Porat on Weisman Street, and decided to kill her, the indictment said.

Masalaha approached Porat, and stabbed her 13 times in her chest, abdomen and back, stopping the attack only when passersby shouted at him, threw a chair at him and then aimed a gun at him, the indictment continues.

As a result of the attack, Porat was rushed to the hospital in a severe condition, and underwent surgery.

At the time the indictment was filed, Porat remained in the hospital.

Masalaha is also charged with illegal possession of a knife. The district attorney filed a request that Masalaha be remanded in custody throughout the legal proceedings.

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