IDF soldier's murderer gets 18 years

St.-Sgt. Ori Hen was stabbed to death in 2009 Rishon Lezion brawl.

crime scene generic 311 (photo credit: Israel Police [illustrative])
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(photo credit: Israel Police [illustrative])
The Petah Tikva District Court on Wednesday sentenced Waja Minlik to 18 years in prison for the murder of St.-Sgt. Ori Hen in Rishon Lezion in September 2009.
The 20-year-old IDF soldier, who served in the Golani Brigade and took part in several combat operations in Gaza during Operation Cast Lead, was stabbed to death by Minlik, who had been released from prison. The stabbing took place after a verbal altercation.
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Doctors had battled to save Hen's life for several hours, but were forced to declare him dead.
Shortly after the incident, South-African-born former police detective and security consultant Marc Kahlberg told The Jerusalem Post that Hen's murder was part of a recent upswing in alcohol-fueled youth violence.
Kahlberg said a lack of proper education and a deadly youth culture which promotes violence and disdains human life will ensure that random violence among youths will increase.
"I think there is no respect for the law whatsoever among the youth in Israel," he said.
Yaakov Lappin contributed to this report