A psychiatrist has ruled that the Israeli man who burnt alive a Palestinian teenager in 2014 was responsible for his actions, the lawyer for the victim’s family said Tuesday.
The court found that the Israeli settler Youssef Haim Ben-David, 31, was the ringleader of the chilling attack, but his lawyers submitted last-minute documents saying he suffered from mental illness.
The court appointed a psychiatrist who “concluded that the principal accused lied about his mental state to avoid judgment,” lawyer Mohannad Jbara said.
Israeli media also reported the psychiatrist’s assessment. Ben-David’s next court hearing is scheduled for March 22.
On February 4, a court sentenced his two Israeli accomplices to life and 21 years in prison for the killing, which was part of a spiral of violence in the run-up to the 2014 Gaza war.
The two were minors at the time of the attack in which they snatched Mohammad Abu Khdeir, 16, from an east Jerusalem street and then killed him.
The Israeli authorities said the suspects had decided to kill an Arab and equipped themselves with cables, petrol and other materials before randomly choosing Abu Khdeir.