Murderer of Dalya Lemkus Hy”d Sentenced to Life Imprisonment

YERUSHALAYIM (Hamodia Staff) -

The terrorist who stabbed Dalya Lemkus, Hy”d, to death on November 10, 2014 at a bus stop near Alon Shvut was given a double life term in prison on Thursday.

The military court of the Yehudah district also ordered Maher al-Hashlamoun to pay NIS 4 million in compensation to the victim’s family, though it was unclear how he would pay it.

Lemkus, 26, of Tekoa, was standing a bus stop when the attack occurred. Nine years earlier, Lemkus had been lightly wounded in a stabbing attack at the Gush Etzion junction.

Al-Hashlamoun was also convicted of assaulting and attempting to murder with a knife Yishayahu Horovitz and Yishai Katz.

The perpetrator confessed to police that he decided to run over Jews with a car in a spot between Beit Lehem and Chevron. But he bought two knives as a backup if his hit-and-run plan failed.

Al-Hashlamoun saw Lemkus at the Alon Shvut bus stop, and picked up speed in order to hit her. But he hit a rock, damaging the car, and then he got out to pursue her with a knife, stabbing her repeatedly until she died.

He then tried to stab others, including Katz and Horovitz, until he was shot by a security guard and then arrested.