Murderer accused of teenager Ori Ansbacher has decided to stay on trial


The Palestinian accused of raping and killing Israeli teenager Ori Ansbacher in February was considered fit to stand trial after undergoing a psychiatric evaluation.

Arafat Irfaiya was accused of terror crimes in the murder of Ori Ansbacher in a forest in Jerusalem on February 7. The Jerusalem district psychiatrist found him responsible for his actions and able to face trial, judicial officials said on Tuesday.

Last week, the Jerusalem District Court ordered Irfaiya to undergo a psychiatric examination at the request of his defense lawyer, who claimed to be suffering from mental problems.

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The indictment against Irfaiya, 29, said he illegally entered the West Bank in early February armed with a knife.

Ori Ansbacher, murdered in Jerusalem on February 7, 2019 (Courtesy)

On the day of the murder, Ansbacher, who volunteered at a youth center in the capital, went for a walk in the forest of Ein Yael, at the southern end of Jerusalem, meeting Irfaiya by chance.

"He came across Ansbacher and decided to kill her because she was Jewish," the indictment said. "He attacked Ori with violent cruelty, and although she tried to fight him, he overpowered her. He stabbed her with a knife several times throughout her body, killing her.

During a previous hearing, prosecutors filed evidence with the court against Irfaiya, including his DNA found in the murder weapon and crime scene. Prosecutors also told the court that during his interrogation, Irfaiya revealed details about Ansbacher that implicated him in his murder.

On 19 April, Israeli security forces demolished their home in the West Bank city of Hebron.


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