An ultra-Orthodox man who fatally stabbed a teenage girl during the 2015 Gay Pride parade in Israel's capital Jerusalem has been sentenced to life in prison. Yishai Schlissel, 40, went on a stabbing rampage during the parade, killing 16-year-old Shira Banki and wounding another five.
He was convicted of Banki 's murder and six more counts of attempted murder, and was sentenced to life in prison and 31 additional years. The prosecution had requested life imprisonment plus 60 more years in jail.
Schlissel was also ordered to pay NIS 258,000 (£48,511; $6,638) – the maximum amount – to Banki's family and each of the other victims, local media reported.
"We have before us, then, a man who does not see those around him as people. A cruel man. A dangerous and heartless man. A man for whom the Judaism of pleasant ways, the Judaism of peace, the Judaism that teaches that people – all people – are created in the image of God, is completely foreign," the judge at the District Court said while reading the verdict.
"A man who sees himself as giver and taker of life according to principles he has appointed himself to enforce. This dangerous man can no longer be allowed to roam the streets of Jerusalem or anywhere else," continued the judge.
Banki was treated at the Hadassah Medical Centre but medics were unable to save her. She died on 2 August 2015.
Following Banki's death, it emerged Schlissel had just been released from prison for an attack on a gay pride community ten years before. He was deemed fit and sane to stand trial by Israeli authorities.