Man charged with shooting friend over woodland tryst
Youth attempting to be alone with his girlfriend in the woods shoots his friend for interrupting them.
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The Haifa District Attorney filed an indictment in the district court on
Wednesday, charging Mahmoud Arid, 22, from Jadeidi-Makr near Acre, with shooting
a man for interrupting him during a woodland tryst with his girlfriend last
A second man, Arid’s friend and neighbor 23-year-old Omar Latiff,
is charged with assisting Arid.
The victim, Rifat Taha, was hit by
several bullets in his lower body and had to undergo surgery.
to the indictment, last month Arid drove to the woods near Jadeidi-Makr with his
girlfriend, to be alone with her.
Taha and his friend Hasham Sa’ad were
riding a motor scooter through the woods, when they allegedly recognized the car
Arid and his girlfriend were in.
Taha and Sa’ad began to watch the car,
and Arid got out and yelled at them to go away, the indictment said. Allegedly,
Taha left the scene, but soon afterwards returned with another man and the two
began to watch Arid’s car again.
After Arid got out of the car and
threatened the two onlookers, Taha and his friend left, the indictment
According to the indictment, Arid was furious at Taha and his
friend for disturbing his chance to be alone with his girlfriend in the woods,
and decided to go to the convenience store where Taha worked and get
Arid armed himself with a gun, the indictment said, and later
that day, Latiff drove him and another man to Taha’s store in
As Latiff and a third man looked on, Arid pulled out his
gun and fired several shots at Taha’s lower body, intending to cause serious
injury or disability, the indictment alleges.
Taha collapsed as several
of the bullets hit him, and Arid and Latiff allegedly then fled, escaping in
Arid is charged under the Penal Code with acquiring and
possessing an unlawful weapon and with carrying an unlawful weapon, which
attracts a maximum penalty of three years imprisonment.
He is also
charged with harm with aggravated intent, which attracts a maximum 20-year
Latiff is charged with being an accessory to a felony after
the fact, which attracts a maximum three-year sentence. He is also charged with
driving without a license.