Man stalks his own wife

The Jewish Chronicle - - FRONT PAGE - BY SI­MON ROCKER

A PROP­ERTY de­vel­oper from Gold­ers Greenw ho has re­fused his es­tranged wife a get has been found guilty of stalk­ing her.

Yossi Elk­oubi was con­victed at Willes den Mag­is­trates Court last Fri­day of be­hav­iour amount­ing to ha­rass­ment of Rifka Meyer, to whom he was mar­ried in a re­li­gious but not a civil cer­e­mony in 2009. They have been sep­a­rated for two years. A year ago,Ms Meyer was granted a cour­torder re­strict­ing Mr Elk­oubi from com­mu­ni­cat­ing with her, com­ing within 100 me­tres of her home in Edg­wareor en­ter­ing the wig sa­lon she runs in Gold­ers Green.

But, while Mr Elk­oubi had not breached the order, Ms Meyer told the court that a se­ries of en­coun­ters with him be­tween Fe­bru­ary and April this year had left her feel­ing in­tim­i­dated and, on one oc­ca­sion, “shak­ing like a leaf”.

In one in­ci­dent, she said, he had driven along the road where she worked and “cyn­i­cally waved at me, smirk­ing”. In another, she was sit­ting in a car with his first wife, Hadas­sah Elk­oubi, a driv­ing in­struc­tor who was a close friend of hers, when Mr Elk­oubi pulled up along­side them and “sat star­ing and star­ing”. It was “ex­tremely in­tim­i­dat­ing”, Ms Meyer said. “He’s al­ways there… I feel he is still try­ing to con­trol me.”

Mrs Elk­oubi, who also gave ev­i­dence, said: “I looked back a few sec­onds later and he was still there. I knew it was only a minute but it felt like a very long time.”

Ms Meyer said Mr Elk­oubi had twice ap­peared in Kosher King­dom su­per­mar­ket where he knew she shopped on a Thurs­day evening. On the sec­ond oc­ca­sion,she­sawhimtalk­ing­toafriend,with- out a trolley or any shop­ping, stand­ing with “the usual smirk”. This so an­gered her that she shouted in the shop: “Do you know that this person hasn’t given me a get?”

But Jonathan Gold­berg QC, rep­re­sent­ing Mr Elk­oubi, ac­cused the two women of be­ing as “thick as thieves” and mak­ing a “big deal” out of noth­ing. “You are us­ing this court for re­venge, as is your friend Hadas­sah, ” he said. “Ab­so­lutely not, ”Ms Meyer re­sponded. Mr Elk­oubi lives with his par­ents in Gold­ers Green, has a part­ner­ship in a lo­cal clothes shop and prays at a nearby sy­n­a­gogue. He claimed the en­coun­ters with his wife were chance and he had not given a get be­cause he still loved her and “I want to rec­on­cile. My ex-wife has come be­tween us”. He added: “I don’t smirk, I smile.”

He said he had shopped in Kosher King­dom “two hun­dred to three hun­dred times” over the past year.

When he had spot­ted his ex-wife’s car in Gold­ers Green, he said, he had gone to speak to her about one of their chil­dren but drove off when he had seen Ms Meyer there.

Teacher Avi Yo­daiken, who had been talk­ing to Mr Elk­oubi in the su­per­mar­ket said that, when Ms Meyer saw her hus­band, she made a cut-throat ges­ture.

A state­ment was also read out from Dayan Aharon Dovid Dun­ner whom Mr Elk­oubi and Ms Meyer went to see last year. The dayan stated that, when she had left, she had told Mr Elk­oubi, “The only way I will get a get from you is by killing you.”

Mr Elk­oubi was found guilty and will be sen­tenced later this month. Mr Gold­berg said his client would ap­peal.

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