Daughter of Mugging Victim, 68, Rejects Assailant's Apology

The daughter of Ita Fogel, the 68-year-old woman who was brutally attacked and mugged last January in her Haifa apartment, was unmoved by the apology of a third suspect implicated in the affair.

Liran Hubert, 22, expressed regret for his alleged actions during his arraignment at the Haifa Magistrate's Court. "I told the officers everything. I would like to apologize to Ita Fogel and her family, and to my family for letting them down. Thank God she is still alive," he said. Hubert, who turned himself in on Monday, also claimed that he had called an ambulance for the elderly lady after the attack. The court decided to remand the suspect for five days, until Sunday.

Bilha Fogel, Ita's daughter, said the suspect and his two alleged culprits were trying to present themselves in a positive light. "They are criminals. My mother died, and then came back from the dead. They did everything they could to kill her," she accused.

Hubert and two other defendants, Arik Shechter and Stefan Borisvicho, are accused of breaking into Fogel's apartment after hearing she kept a large sum of money there. Police believe the three men then beat and tortured her over the course of three hours.