Faiz Suleiman Abukarinat, "the Negev pedophile," was convicted and sentenced to 30 years in prison for kidnapping and raping three girls from Beersheba and Ashdod.
Abukarinat was married and the father of children. He has no police record for sex crimes, prior to his arrest.
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- 'Southern pedophile' captured (05/06/2002)
- 'Negev pedophile' gets 30 years in jail (12/18/2002)
'Southern pedophile' captured
The Jerusalem Post - Monday, May 6, 2002, NEWS; Pg. 3
Beersheba police yesterday announced the capture on Saturday of a man they suspect is the notorious "southern pedophile," responsible for the rapes of four young girls over the past 14 months.
The suspect, 33, lives in the South and is married and the father of children. He has no police record for sex crimes. Three of his alleged victims live in Beersheba and the fourth in Ashdod.
Beersheba police chief Cmdr. Yitzhak Aharonovitch said the suspect - whose identity is barred from publication - was remanded for 10 days by Beersheba Magistrate's Court on Saturday.
Yesterday he reenacted one of the rapes for police cameras. Two of the victims provided biological evidence that reportedly confirms DNA samples from the suspect. He has denied perpetrating one of the rapes.
The suspect reportedly said he did not plan any of the attacks, which he claimed were the result of irresistible compulsion. But he also told investigators he had read in the newspaper of the rape of a young girl and decided to rape one himself.
The first rape occurred in January 2001 in Beersheba's Nahal Ashan section. A man enticed an eight-year-old girl into his car, drove to a secluded place, and sodomized her. He then drove her home. In March the second rape, involving a seven-year-oldgirl, occurred.
'Negev pedophile' gets 30 years in jail
The Jerusalem Post, December 18, 2002, Wednesday
The Beersheba District Court on Tuesday sentenced Faiz Suleiman Abukarinat, "the Negev pedophile," to 30 years in prison for kidnapping and raping three girls from Beersheba and Ashdod.
Abukarinat, who committed his crimes over an 18-month period, was convicted based on his confession. The first attack took place in a Beersheba neighborhood in January 2000 when he dragged a seven-year-old girl into his car, raped and sodomized her, and then dropped her back at her home.
Abukarinat was not charged with that crime, however, since he did not confess to it and the police had no evidence against him. Only after attacks on three other girls was he arrested this past May, after passersby reported cries for help coming from the car he drove.
The defendant was found to be fit to stand trial, during which it was discovered that at the age of eight he was raped by two 15-year-old boys. He expressed relief that his capture put an end to his struggles to overcome his pedophilia and desire for treatment for his uncontrollable urges.
Judge Yehoshua Pilpel, in his sentencing, called Abukarinat "cruel" and "inhuman" and said: "Nothing can compensate for the terrible damage the defendant caused with his awful and debased acts on these three young girls."
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