(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
A panel of three judges in the Haifa District Court convicted a man of murder on
Monday for strangling his sister during an argument.
According to the
indictment, 22-year-old Anis Amas of Jisr az-Zarka killed his sister Tanaya Amas
last October, when she refused to lend him NIS 200.
When Amas became
angry at Tanaya’s refusal, she became frightened and shouted at him to leave her
At that point, Amas decided to kill Tanaya, beating her with his
fists, choking her and slamming her head against the wall, the indictment
When Amas’s mother heard the shouts, she tried to enter Tanaya’s
bedroom but Amas slammed the door and prevented her from entering. He then
resumed choking his sister.
When he was sure Tanaya was dead, Amas went
to his grandfather’s house to freshen up and then carried on with his normal
routine. He was arrested while waiting for a bus to Or Yehuda, according to the
In court, Amas’s defense attorneys argued that he was not
responsible for his actions after a psychiatric report deemed him unfit to stand
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Amas’s defense centered on claims that he had not intended to kill
Under Israeli law, a murder charge requires that a killing be
premeditated, not spontaneous.
‘Spur of the moment’ killings carry the
lesser charge of manslaughter.
Amas also claimed to suffer from impulse
control and said he had suffered brain damage after falling on his head as a
However, the court dismissed these arguments, and said that Amas’s
medical records did not document such a fall.
The judges accepted the
expert testimony of psychiatrists at Sha’ar Menashe hospital, who said Amas was
not mentally ill.
In ruling that Amas was guilty of murder, the judges
noted that when he was asked by investigators to explain exactly when he decided
to kill Tanaya, he admitted it was when the girl shouted.
“I gave her a
slap and she wanted to get up, but I wouldn’t let her and I strangled her,” Amas
told police investigators.
“The central and true motive for killing
[Tanaya] was the injury to his honor when she snapped back at him in anger –
because in his words, women don’t shout in his house,” Judge Yosef Elron said.
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