Ten years for minor convicted of Raz Hajaj manslaughter

March 20, 2012 10:38


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The Tel Aviv District Court sentenced a 21 year old convicted of stabbing to death teenager Raz Hajaj during a fight in Herzilya in 2007 to ten years in prison on Tuesday, after his attorneys agreed a plea bargain with the prosecution.

Under the terms of the plea bargain, the court agreed to include in that sentence the four years the defendant has spent in a secure psychiatric facility.

As a result, the defendant, who cannot be named because he was a minor at the time of the killing, will spend another six years behind bars.

After the hearing, Ilana Hajaj, the victim's mother, told The Jerusalem Post that the family had strongly opposed the plea bargain and said the court should not have agreed to reduce the defendant's sentence because he was mentally ill.

"He could murder again because he is mentally ill," she said.

Hajaj, 17, was stabbed to death during a brawl at a Herzliya mall. The defendant was initially declared unfit to stand trial and hospitalized, but legal proceedings later resumed, resulting in the plea bargain.

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