The Nazareth District Court on Wednesday convicted Hussein Yussuf Hasin Halifa of murdering Shelly Dadon and sentenced him to life in prison.
The court also ordered him to pay NIS 258,000 as a fine.
In November 2014, the families of Shelly Dadon and of Halifa had a physical and verbal altercation in the Nazareth District Court.
The sides were separated by court security after calls to the suspect’s father that he had “raised a murderer” were made, and he was evacuated to hospital because he felt ill.
The lawyers for Israeli Arab Halifa said he admitted to the murder of 19-year-old Dadon under duress that included abuse and sleep deprivation, but the court ultimately convicted him anyway.
Dadon was killed on May 1, 2014 after she disappeared while on her way to a job interview in Migdal Ha’emek. On June 16 the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) arrested Halifa, a taxi driver from Ibillin in the Galilee.