Nearly four years after Tair Rada was brutally murdered in a Katzrin school lavatory, one of the most mysterious and horrifying murder affairs Israel has known has come to an end. The Nazareth District court on Tuesday convicted Roman Zadorov in the murder of the 13-year-old girl.
Minutes before the hearing began, Tair's mother Ilana said, "As far as I'm concerned anything to do with the court, the prosecution and the police is pure delinquency. They abandoned my daughter."
"We have no doubt the defendant before us is Tair Rada's murderer. His testimony is abundant in lies, manipulations and inconsistencies. He did not provide explanations. The defendant knew at least seven details no one else could have known,' the verdict read.
"The defendant lied in court without hesitation when he believed it might serve his interests," the verdict further noted. It was also stated that Zadorov tried to manipulate his investigators and was not loathe to lie to his own lawyer.
Zadorov in court Tuesday (Photo: Hagai Aharon)
The honorable Esther Helman and Haim Galpaz leveled harsh criticism at the media's role in covering the affair and accused it of false and biased reporting.
Judge Yitzhak Cohen, in turn, criticized the police and prosecution of using the media to argue their respective cases.
Attorney Sheila Inbar, of the Northern District's Prosecutor's Office, told Ynet: "We had no doubt the truth would come out." She further added," What is most important is the public can rest assured that the murderer is behind bars."
On Monday, Zadorov was still optimistic. "I believe in the Israeli justice system and therefore it is impossible for me to go to prison. I do not believe that an innocent person will be sent for life," he told his friends.
"Should they decided to convict me I will be paying for my stupid mistake of babbling to the investigator and my reenactment, done when I didn't even know what I was supposed to do," he said.
Zadorov has a four-year-old son from his wife Olga, who has been raising the child alone since her husband was arrested. "The child does not know him," she said Monday.
Despite her husband's conviction, Olga continues to believe he is innocent and slammed the law enforcement authorities on Tuesday. "The State is corrupt. Everyone here, lawyers and officers, continue to convict people and set them up because they get away with it, " she said.
"If necessary I'll turn to the president – because the state is doing nothing," she added. "The time schedule shows he wasn't at the school when the child was in the lavatory."
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