Fugitive Palestinian Suspected in Rape, Murder of Israeli Teenager

Published May 27th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Police are investigating whether Palestinian fugitive Khaled al-Sheeny, a convicted murderer captured by Israeli police this week after three years on the run, may have been involved in the brutal 1998 rape-slaying of Jerusalem teenager Noa Eyal, according to a Haaretz report. 

The Israeli daily said that Sheeny, 37, sentenced to life imprisonment in 1989 for the murder of young peace activist Ziva Goldovsky, escaped in April, 1997, while on a brief leave from Ayalon prison. Seventeen-year-old Eyal was found dead in a wooded area near Jerusalem less than a year later. Forensic evidence showed she was brutally raped before her murder.  

A resident of Jerusalem's Ramot neighborhood, Eyal went missing after going to a film with a friend. Missing the last bus to Ramot, she accepted a ride from a car passing central Jerusalem's Davidka Square - and was never seen again alive, said the daily. 

It added the charred corpse of Holon high school student Goldovsky was discovered in the Ramallah area in August, 1988. Sheeny, of nearby El Bireh, later confessed to the murder, telling investigators he had suspected Goldovsky, who frequented Palestinian villages, of secretly working as an agent of Israeli security authorities.  

According to the report, he said he argued with Goldovsky over what he said was her immodest attire, and accused her of being an Israeli "plant." When she denied the allegation, and rejected his suggestion that she prove her sincerity by securing him a handgun, he crushed her skull with a large stone, and later torched her body.  

Jerusalem police seized Sheeny on Wednesday, not far from Ramallah. His DNA is being compared to the forensic evidence found with Eyal's body – Albawaba.com 

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