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Boxing champ's father jailed for shooting her

The Local · 14 Nov 2011, 14:03

Published: 14 Nov 2011 14:03 GMT+01:00

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Rola El-Halabi was in the German capital’s district court to see Hicham “Roy” El-Halabi sentenced for the attack which he carried out in a rage after his daughter sacked him as her manager and started a romantic relationship with a man who was married at the time.

He admitted the attack of April 1 this year, but said the four shots which hit his daughter in her right hand, both feet and her left knee were not aimed.

“I don’t know why I did it, I was no longer myself,” he told the court.

The judge said the then 44-year-old had previously been in charge of his 26-year-old daughter’s life – but that she had started to make her own decisions, and had sacked him as her manager.

“He had dictated her life, he was the boss and the decision-maker,” said the judge as he handed down the sentence.

Prosecutor Ralph Knispel said that El-Halabi had intended to make it so his daughter would never be able to box again.

Addressing the court in September, Rola El-Halabi had described how she was in a changing room preparing for a fight, when her father stormed in with a gun and told everyone else to leave, according to a report in the Süddeutsche Zeitung.

“The door closed and then came the first shot. I had my arms stretched out and then I saw how blood was running out of the glove. Then came the second shot in the left foot, and then he threw me down on the floor.”

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She said he had calmly reloaded the gun while talking to her. “'You have ruined everything, look what you have driven me to,’ he said, and then he looked at me ice cold, and shot me in the knee,” she told the court.

He shot her twice more, hitting her in the other foot and her knee. Doctors said she was lucky to walk again, and while she still has severe difficulties with her right hand – her punching hand – she said she was determined to box again.

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16:02 November 14, 2011 by ron1amr
This man has ruined his adopted daughters competitive life. And deprived her of a substantial income. He knew exactly what he was doing when shooting her in the hands feet and knees. He should be made to pay for the rest of his life the income that his adoptive daughter will have lost from her fighting career. To say she ruined his life,more like he ruined her life. What do I think? I hope he stays in Jail for life. And his daughter awarded all his possessions. In fact he should be jailed for life for his cold blooded act.
16:25 November 14, 2011 by auniquecorn
Welcome to germany
18:46 November 14, 2011 by puisoh
Life sentence is waste of taxpayers' money .. 6 years is a bargain.
09:43 November 15, 2011 by ford cars
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