Court increases sentence of man who raped teen hitchhiker

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April 16, 2012 11:18
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The Supreme Court ruled on Monday to increase the prison term of a man convicted of raping a teenage hitchhiker from four years to six.

The Jerusalem District Court sentenced the defendant - who has not been named - to four years in prison in 2010, and ordered him to pay the complainant NIS 30,000 compensation.

Both the defendant and the state appealed against the prison sentence. The defendant argued the four year prison term was too harsh and the state contended it was too light.

According to the indictment, the defendant picked the complainant, a 16-year-old high school student, outside Beit Shemesh in the early hours of the morning in August 2009, and offered to drive her home to Moshav Zechariah. However, during the trip the defendant offered to take the teenager to his home in Moshav Tirosh, but the complainant refused. The defendant questioned the teenager about her sexual history, and she refused to answer. The defendant took her to Moshav Tirosh, where he gave her an alcoholic drink, before driving her to an isolated spot and violently sexually attacked her, injuring her.

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