The Haifa District Court handed down harsh prison sentences to two men from
Carmiel convicted of ambushing, severely beating and robbing a woman, who has
been left with symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder.
sentenced Zur Bakhurashvili, 55, and 33- year-old Vadim Giasov to 13 years in
prison, of which 11 will be served behind bars and the rest on
In addition, the court ordered each defendant to pay the
complainant NIS 85,000 compensation.
The two defendants were convicted of
conspiracy to commit a crime, harm with aggravated intent and armed robbery. The
trial was held in closed court, but the panel of judges – Yosef Elron, Moshe
Gilad and Avraham Elyakim – allowed the verdict to be published, though a gag
order remains on the victim’s details.
According to the indictment, the
two defendants planned the attack beforehand, equipping themselves with stocking
face masks, gloves and a knife.
On June 20, 2010, they ambushed the
complainant at her door, grabbing her, showing her the knife and dragging her
into her apartment. Once inside, Bakhurashvili and Giasov brutally beat the
woman’s body and face until she lost consciousness. They then stripped off her
clothes, stole money and two cellphones from the apartment and fled, leaving the
victim bleeding and unconscious.
The complainant was hospitalized with
serious injuries, including various broken ribs and fractures, a broken nose and
damage to her spine.
In an impact statement to the court, the complainant
said she is still experiencing “the fear of death” after the attack, and that
she has not yet fully processed the meaning of her injuries or their
consequences. Some areas of her face remain numb after the beating, the
statement said. The complainant said she is suffering from post-traumatic stress
symptoms and is undergoing therapy to help her cope.
asked the court to impose lengthy prison terms on both defendants as well as
compensation for the complainant, citing the cruelty of the offenses and their
impact on the victim.
A lengthy prison term would, the prosecution
argued, act as a deterrent as well as serve to exclude the defendants from
society for a long time. Following the sentencing arguments hearing,
Bakhurashvili expressed remorse for his actions, the court heard.
passing sentence, the judges said the defendants had not chosen the victim at
random, and had attacked her mercilessly even after she begged for her life and
offered them money.
The two defendants are “dangerous,” the judges said
and had “chosen a criminal way of life.”
“Statements from their lawyers
and from the defendants themselves do not indicate that there is a real chance
to rehabilitate them,” the judges said. “In light of their violent and cruel
behavior, as well as their past, one must consider protecting the public from
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