Two Policemen to Get 18 Months for Assaulting Homeless Woman

A police officer and Border Policeman will have to serve 18 months in jail for assaulting a homeless woman in Jerusalem while they were drunk and off-duty, the Jerusalem Magistrate's Court ruled Monday.

Shmuel Oleg Kirchek, 22, and Sergei Golovkin, 25, pled guilty to aggravated assault for repeatedly striking a homeless woman on Luntz Street in August. The two were originally charged with assaulting the woman twice on the same day, first at 3 A.M. and then again two hours later. The prosecution agreed to drop charges over the first assault as part of a plea bargain.

Kirchek and Golovkin were initially suspected of having sexually assaulted the woman based on eyewitness testimony. However, the witness later withdrew his statement.

"The defendants' actions are very serious," Judge Rivka Friedman-Feldman said, adding that a "serious and cautionary punishment was needed" even though the defendants had no record of assault. The judge said that though the victim sustained serious injuries, she decided not to order the defendants to pay her compensation due to the plea bargain.