Stiffer Sentence for Man who Stole Asher Palmer´s Gun? (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Gil Ronen 06/05/12)
INN} ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS
INN} ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS Articles-Index-Top
Michael Palmer, whose son Asher and infant grandson Yonatan were
murdered by terrorists in a drive-by rock attack in September, hopes
the upcoming Wednesday session in the ongoing trial will set a
precedent for victims´ rights in Israel´s military courts.
The court will be hearing the military prosecution´s appeal against
the light sentence meted out to Shehade Shaatat, who stole Asher
Palmer´s handgun immediately after the attack and subsequent car
The judge, Major Eti Adar, sentenced Shaatat to 10 months in jail and
18 months of suspended jail time, and an NIS 1,000 fine.
In the sentence handed down March 10, the judge noted that the deed
had not been premeditated and that while Shaatat did intend to sell
the gun, he did not do so. In addition, she noted, he has no criminal
record and is a father of eight, and has expressed remorse for his
Michael Palmer called the sentence "an insult to justice for victims
of terror in the State of Israel."
In an affidavit filed before the court by Palmer´s attorney, former
military judge Adrian Agassi, the bereaved father and grandfather
said the light punishment is "a stain on the conscience of a cultured
and normative society."
"The defendant stopped his car and walked 40 meters to the site of
the wreckage of my son´s car," wrote Palmer. "One could expect a
witness to such an awful event to offer help or at least feel fear,
as he looked at the bodies of two people inside a wrecked car. It
turns out the defendant did not call for help or try to give help
himself, as he came near the bodies of my son and grandson and after
he saw how they died."
"The defendant´s actions show that he lacks all conscience and
society must punish him to the full extent of the law."
Palmer explained in the heart-rending affidavit that among the
reasons for stiffening the sentence is the pain that the defendant
has caused to those who lived Asher and Yonatan. The defendant´s
deeds "will continue to cause pain and sorrow to all of us until our
last day upon this earth," he added.
"IN the last moment of his life, the victim of the offense, Asher,
met ´people´ who were full of hate. Even his mangled body was not
honored by the defendant… The fact that my son´s body, in the first
moments after his death, was defiled by Shatat continues to haunt me
and the family." (IsraelNationalNews © 2012 06/05/12)
Return to Top
MATERIAL REPRODUCED FOR EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY