Six J'lem teens charged in gang rape case

Indictment charges repeat raping of 14-year-old Jerusalem resident; police ask court for remand.

Six Jerusalem teens were indicted Thursday in the Jerusalem District Court for raping a 14-year-old girl one after the other on two separate occasions last year in a grisly gang rape case. The victim, who attends a prominent Jerusalem high school, was first raped in a southern Jerusalem neighborhood on a Friday night in November after drinking vodka with two girlfriends outside. According to the charge sheet, the six male teens, ranging in age from 14 to 17, arrived on the scene and asked the victim, who was 13 at the time of the attack, to follow them. The girl, who knew some of the boys from school, agreed. Shortly thereafter, as the group reached a parking lot, one of the 16-year-old teens grabbed the victim, laid her down on the top of a car, forcibly undressed her and raped her, while the intoxicated girl asked him to stop, the indictment states. According to the charge sheet, after the teen finished raping her, he pinned her down on the car as his friend, who was sitting on a nearby bench with the five other the male teens, approached the girl, and raped her as well. Then the second teen pinned the girl down as the third victim took his turn raping her, with each teen holding the girl down as the next teen raped her until all six teens had reached their sexual satisfaction, the indictment reads. After they raped her, the Jewish teen was dropped off in another city neighborhood, the indictment says. A passer-by who noticed her lying on the street brought the teen to her home where she treated the girl for her injuries, police said. The woman did not know that the teen had been raped but thought that she injured herself outside. The victim then went home but did not tell her parents what had happened. A week later, the teen was standing at a city bus stop in the evening when she was spotted by two of the teens who raped her who were in a car driven by a 45-year-old Jerusalem Arab, Ahmed Kour Dabash, the charge sheet said. According to the indictment, the two teens forced her into the car, sat next to her and intoxicated her, before driving her to the city's Armon HaNatziv neighborhood where they and the Arab man each raped her in the back of the vehicle. Afterwards, they drove the teen to the city's adjacent Arnona neighborhood where they dropped the weakened and drunken girl off on the street, the indictment reads. The suspected teenage rapists cannot be named because they are minors. Police asked the court to remand the seven alleged rapists through the duration of their trial.