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The Jerusalem District Court on Monday sentenced Daniel Nahmani to life imprisonment for 16 more years for the murder of Noah Eyal, an Israeli teenager killed in 1998.
In January, Nahmani was convicted of manslaughter and sodomy, but was acquitted of rape, 21 years after the crime and not identified as the murderer for most of that period.
"This bad person, who took Noa's life, has no right to walk freely," Eyal's family said in January in reaction to the verdict. "The court closed a circle today. The order has been restored, as it is appropriate for a society that functions properly. But we, Noa's family, will have no relief or comfort.
Eyal's body, 17, was discovered with signs of violence in February 1998. She was last seen waiting for a bus at Davidka Square on the way home to Ramot. Nahmani caught her at the bus stop there, left the main road and entered the Ramot Forest, and killed her.
Although the police worked diligently to resolve the case, it was only in 2014 that a breakthrough was made. Preliminary research into a DNA database to locate relatives of the killer revealed that Nahmani's father had the highest statistical probability of being a relative. As a result, the prosecution, according to the State Attorney's Office, carried out Nahmani's secret surveillance and obtained a saliva sample. A DNA test showed that Nahmani's DNA matched that of the killer, and the Jerusalem Public Prosecutor then filed an indictment.
Attorney Michal Rubinstein, who represented Nahmani on behalf of the Office of the Public Defender, responded after the verdict: "We will examine the court's decision. It should be noted that Mr. Nahmani continues to assert that he is innocent.
Maariv contributed to this report.
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