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(photo credit: Nir Elias/Reuters)
The Tel Aviv Distric Court Monday afternoon sentenced Idan Anouri, the Ramat Gan man who brutally attacked a young woman on Chen Boulevard in Tel Aviv two years ago, to 18 years in prison.
According to the original charge sheet, Anouri reportedly ambushed the woman with a knife cutting her throat and mutilating her face. The discrepancy was apparently fulled by Anouri's anger toward the woman whom he believed was responsible for his dismissal at the NGO, where the two had worked.
Anouri was acquitted of attempted murder charges, but was convicted of aggravated assault and aggravated robbery, and was also slated to pay NIS 150,000 in damages to the woman.
During the court hearing, the attacked woman reportedly broke into tears as Anouri smiled throughout proceedings. Her lawyer responded to the woman saying "he would continue to smile in prison."
Uri Keinon, Anouri's lawyer said his client intended to appeal the verdict and the sentence to the Supreme Court.
The Tel Aviv District Attorney’s office filed an indictment on in April 2011 against Anouri for the attempted murder of the woman.
The indictment stated that Anouri had waited in ambush for the woman to get off her bus, when he attacked her with a knife in order to kill her. The DA’s office argued that Anouri had carefully planned the attack, studying the woman’s schedule and purchasing a fake phone card and purchasing a motorcycle using false ID, in order to cover up his tracks. Anouri allegedly stole the woman’s purse in order to make the crime look like a random robbery.