Teens Charged Over Thrill Kill in Israeli City of Ramle

Eight teens indicted in the killing of 51-year-old Ramle man.

Yaniv Kubovich
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Eight teens were indicted on Thursday in connection with the murder of a Ramle man, who was shot while walking his dog last month. The court heard that the boys - who are charged with murder, manslaughter and obstructing justice - followed George Sa'adi, 51, while he was walking his dog late at night in Ramle's Jawarish neighborhood.

According to the indictment, the divorced father of five encountered three of the accused, who started teasing him, but he ignored them and headed off. Before he returned along the same route, the youths had called five of their friends, one of whom had a pistol.

This time, a confrontation ensued, during which the defendants allegedly cursed Sa'adi, hurled racial abuse at him and shouted slogans in favor of rocket fire from Gaza. Two of them, the court heard, kicked the dog and threw stones at it.

As Sa'adi was trying to escape, one of the defendants took out a pistol and said he wanted to shoot him. Two defendants allegedly asked their friend not to, while others encouraged him. Then, the indictment continues, one of the defendants asked the victim whether he was armed and asked him to lift his shirt to prove that he wasn't.

When he did, the defendant who allegedly held the pistol, shot Sa'adi in the torso, and he fell to the ground. The shooter then fired another two bullets, one of which hit the dog and killed it. Sa'adi, with his last bit of strength, managed to crawl and dragged himself onto Zayit Street, where he collapsed.

An old friend of his found him there, bleeding, and called an ambulance and the police.

Magen David Adom brought Sa'adi to Assaf Harofeh Hospital in critical condition. He was rushed into surgery, but died on the operating table.

George Sa’adi, a 51-year-old Ramle man who was shot to death while walking his dog on March 11, 2012.Credit: Reproduction

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