The Jerusalem District Court on Wednesday sentenced Anwar Ahdush, a 37-year-old Palestinian from the West Bank village of Tzurif, who in 2006 murdered a girl and a man from Beit Shemesh, to two life sentences and an additional 17 years in prison.
In May 2006, Ahdush murdered 8-year-old Lipaz Himi and 50-year-old David Ben-Hamo. According to the indictment, Ahdush planned the murders well in advance.
Ahdush, who had carried out renovations at the Ben-Hamo's apartment, beat him in the head with an ax, and then wrapped him in a blanket, before setting the house on fire. He later confessed to killing him for selling drugs to Jewish and Arab youths.
According to the indictment, Ahdush tempted Lipaz Himi with money, led her to a stairwell, raped her and then strangled her to death with her belt, one of her shoelaces, and a chord.
Etgar Lefkovits contributed to this report
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