Killer of Israeli Teen at Gay Pride Parade Receives Life Sentence

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Yishai Schissel is led through the Jerusalem District Court on Sunday, June 26, 2016.
Yishai Schissel is led through the Jerusalem District Court on Sunday, June 26, 2016.Credit: Emil Salman

Yishai Schissel, who killed Shira Banki at the Jerusalem Pride Parade last year, was sentenced on Sunday to a life sentence and ordered to pay compensation to her family and the wounded.

The Jerusalem District court ordered an additional 31 years in person for Schissel, who will also have to pay the Banki family and others wounded in the attack 264,0000 shekels.

Schlissel, 39,  was indicted in August for Banki's murder, and as his charge sheet was read out in court he blurted out that "whenever there is a gay pride parade [you should] stop the blasphemy against God. Stop the madness and all the people of Israel should repent."

Schlissel underwent psychiatric evaluation before standing trial. He defiantly refused any representation, saying in the past that he doesn't recognize the court's authority.

Calling Schlissel "a cruel man," Judges Nava Ben-Or, Arnon Darel and Refael Yacobi said on Sunday that "A person who sees himself as a killer or giver of life cannot walk around the streets of Jerusalem or anywhere else. In the few days of vacation between imprisonment and detention, he ended the life of a girl with a passion for life. He didn’t see her as a human being, and didn’t care at all who will meet [his] knife."

Prior to Banki's murder, Schlissel served a 10-year prison sentence for stabbing three participants at the 2005 Gay Pride Parade.

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