Palestinian killer of British exchange student to get away with 18 month sentence

December 21, 2018 by TPS
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Jamil Tamimi, a Palestinian resident of east Jerusalem who stabbed a British exchange student to death on the Jerusalem Light Rail in April 2017, will serve only 18 months in jail after reaching a plea bargain with prosecutors who were concerned he could escape punishment altogether as he suffers from mental illness.

Photo by Kobi Richter/TPS on 20 December 2018

According to public broadcaster Kan, Tamimi will also escape having to pay compensation to the victim’s family.

Tamimi stabbed Hannah Bladon, a 20-year-old religion, theology and archaeology student in Israel on an exchange program from the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom as she rode on the Light Rail.

According to media reports at the time, he was known to security services, had been convicted of molesting his own daughter and had spent time in a psychiatric ward. The day before the attack, he was released from a mental health centre after being involved in a violent incident.

The State Prosecutor’s Office said in a statement that prior to any agreement being signed, it could not comment on the details, but added that it is in “constant contact with the parents of the deceased through their attorney and any decision will only be made after hearing the position of the victim’s parents.


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