Court rules accused child sex-abuser teacher Malka Leifer to be placed in home detention

AN Israeli court ruling that former Melbourne school principal Malka Leifer, who is accused of child sex crimes, could be freed from custody into home detention has angered her alleged victims.

Dassi Erlich, who has accused Leifer of abusing her, told AAP last night she was “absolutely outraged” at the ruling as relayed to her by friends in the courtroom in Jerusalem.

Victorian police are seeking Leifer’s extradition to Australia on 74 charges of child sexual abuse.

A Jerusalem court yesterday ordered house arrest for Leifer.

The magistrates court ruled that Malka should be released from the closed psychiatric ward where she has been held for the past week but delayed implementation of the order for 48 hours to allow prosecutors seeking her extradition to appeal.

Read the story Christine McGinn and AFP in the Herald Sun.