Man Sentenced to 17 yrs imprisonment
Man Sentenced to 17 yrs imprisonment for raping girl, 10, after breaking into her bedroom
A man was sentenced Monday to 17 years in jail for breaking into a home last June in the northern city of Haifa and raping a 10-year-old girl who was asleep in her bedroom.
Shahar Rimoni, 22, was convicted of rape, sodomy, abusing a minor and breaking into a residence. He has confessed to the crimes.
Rimoni was also sentenced to one-year probation and ordered to pay NIS 100,000 (approximately $31,000) in compensation.
Michal Carmel and Yael Tov-El, the attorneys representing the girl, welcomed the sentencing but said the family had hoped for a more severe punishment of at least 20 years because “the defendant attacked a girl inside her home, in the safest place.”
According to the indictment, Rimoni noticed the window of an apartment window open in June last year, and decided to break in to carry out a burglary.
He removed mosquito netting from the window, and entered the apartment’s kitchen, took a knife out of a drawer and used it to pry open locked closets in a search for valuables, according to the indictment.
Rimoni then noticed a set of car keys hanging on a rack and decided to steal the family’s vehicle, went to the street and located it, but changed his mind due to fears of setting off an alarm and returned to the apartment.
He then searched the apartment further and found the girl sleeping in her room and assaulted her.
Evidence against Rimoni included DNA found at the scene, statements he made, and statements the girl made to a special investigator.