Ultra-Orthodox Jew man sentenced to life in prison for killing a 16-year-old girl

Yishai Schlissel
Yishai Schlissel

An Israeli court has sentenced an ultra-Orthodox Jewish man to life in prison for killing a 16-year-old girl and wounding others during a stabbing spree at a Jerusalem Gay Pride parade.

The Jerusalem District Court convicted Yishai Schlissel in April of murder and six counts of attempted murder.

The July 2015 stabbings had triggered harsh criticism of the police, with Schlissel having been released from prison only three weeks earlier after serving a 10-year sentence for a similar attack.

They had also sparked an outpouring of grief for 16-year-old Shira Banki, who was stabbed in the back and died of her wounds a few days later.

Led into the courtroom today with both hands and feet shackled, Schlissel was sentenced to life plus 31 years, a court statement said.