Israeli arrested for trying to kill his sister, have sex with her corpse

Necrophilia is technically not a criminal offense in Israel, according to a High Court of Justice ruling from 2018 determining that sexual offenses only apply to the living.

Male hands arrested with handcuffs in Criminal concept (illustrative) (photo credit: INGIMAGE)
Male hands arrested with handcuffs in Criminal concept (illustrative)
(photo credit: INGIMAGE)

A 20-year-old man has been charged with the attempted murder of his sister, with the intention of having sex with her corpse, Israel Police said on Sunday.

The 18-year-old victim was moderately injured in the stabbing. Following a police investigation, her brother was arrested and charged with attempted murder. The victim was evacuated to the Meir Medical Center in Kfar Saba.

The victim said that her brother “entered my room at night, suddenly pulled out a knife and started to stab me in the head. I ran out of the room; [if not] he would have killed me – I don’t know what happened to him,” according to N12.

"[He] entered my room at night, suddenly pulled out a knife and started to stab me in the head. I ran out of the room or he would have killed me, I don't know what happened to him."

Israeli woman who was nearly murdered by her would-be necrophile brother

Police claim that the motive for the attempted murder was the defendant’s wish to have sex with his sister’s corpse.

The defendant said in his interrogation that he is a fan of necrophilia movies, and that is why he planned to kill his sister, according to N12.

Police vehicles (credit: SHLOMI GABAI)Police vehicles (credit: SHLOMI GABAI)

Ido Raz and Shani Segal, the attorneys representing the defendant on behalf of the public defense office, said in response:”This is a difficult family matter, and the family is trying to recover. The young person has been dealing through the years with mental issues, and he has no criminal record.

“Due to his condition, he has been hospitalized in a psychiatric hospital since his arrest,” they said. “He will remain in the hospital for a psychiatric evaluation that will determine his status.”

"Due to his condition, he has been hospitalized in a psychiatric hospital since his arrest. He will remain in the hospital for a psychiatric evaluation that will determine his status."

Ido Raz and Shani Segal

What is necrophilia and is it illegal?

Necrophilia is sexual attraction to corpses, or the wish to perform sexual acts with them. It is classified by the World Health Organization as a sexual perversion.

Necrophilia is technically not a criminal offense in Israel, according to a High Court of Justice ruling from 2018 when Judge Uzi Vogelman ruled that sexual offense can only be applicable when the victim is a living person.