Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation

Orthodox Jewish man guilty of sex abuse

    An Orthodox Jewish man has been found guilty of sexually assaulting two of his step-daughters, aged nine and 12-years-old.

    A court heard how the man, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, would crawl into the girls’ beds on Shabbat and touch them inappropriately. He also assaulted them while they were sitting on his lap, sometimes while their mother was in a nearby room.

    The sisters each testified by video-link. The younger sister said she had liked her stepfather “a teeny bit until he started pinching me”, as she described the assaults. She said that only on one occasion had she protested. “I was really, really fed up so I screamed in my bed and my mum said ‘What happened?’”. She had not complained at other times because: “I really don’t like telling of people”.

    The family became aware of the abuse when one of the girls told an aunt, resulting in a confrontation with the stepfather, which was recorded and played for the court. The man, who his wife said was “religious on the outside but not on the inside”, protested his innocence in the recording. He said of the girls: “They’re not traumatised, they’re exaggerating”.

    In court, he said he went into one of the girl’s room a few times only because he was hot. His lawyer argued that he could not have abused the sisters on Shabbat because he and his wife fulfilled the mitzvah of having marital relations and remained together all night.

Uk News

Strictly Orthodox Ukip candidate 'should not run for office'

Marcus Dysch

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Strictly Orthodox Ukip candidate 'should not run for office'
Special Reports

Dublin benefits from overseas aid

Barry Toberman

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Dublin benefits from overseas aid
Uk News

Luciana Berger troll driven by 'fierce antisemitism'

JC Reporter

Monday, December 5, 2016

Luciana Berger troll driven by 'fierce antisemitism'
Uk News

Government drops pledge to aid 3,000 child refugees

Rosa Doherty

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Government drops pledge to aid 3,000 child refugees
Uk News

Limmud: Food for thought at session on 'ethical eating'

By Simon Rocker

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Limmud: Food for thought at session on 'ethical eating'
Uk News

Local MP blocks visit from David Irving's 'secret tour'

Rosa Doherty

Friday, December 2, 2016

Local MP blocks visit from David Irving's 'secret tour'
Uk News

Anti-Israel conference faces delay

Lee Harpin

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Anti-Israel conference faces delay
Uk News

Commission criticised over inquiry into 'antisemitic' charity

Daniel Sugarman

Monday, December 5, 2016

Commission criticised over inquiry into 'antisemitic' charity
Uk News

Fawlty Towers star Andrew Sachs dies aged 86

JC Reporter

Friday, December 2, 2016

Fawlty Towers star Andrew Sachs dies aged 86