Suspect in Netanya Terrorist Beating to Remain in Police Custody

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Scene of the stabbing attack in Netanya, Monday November 2, 2015.Credit: Moti Milrod

The Magistrate’s Court in Petah Tikva extended Wednesday the detention of the suspect in the lynching of a terrorist who stabbed and seriously wounded a 70-year-old man in Netanya on Monday by a day. Justice Erez Nurieli permitted the publication of the suspect’s name. He is Robert Fedida, a husband and father convicted and imprisoned in the past for drug offenses, harassing a witness and carrying a knife.

Nurieli acceded to police requests to keep Fedida in custody, given the nature of the offense, the evidence, the reasons for the detention and the procedural stage of the legal process. The suspect is known to have assaulted policemen in the past, causing bodily harm, as well as to have created a public disturbance and interfered with a public official.

“We’re aware of the desire to express protest but any citizen who breaks the law will encounter zero tolerance and full law enforcement,” said Sharon District police commander Brig. Gen. Kobi Shabtai.

In the incident involving the suspect, the Palestinian assailant, a 22 year-old man from a village near Tul Karm, was disarmed by police who arrived on the scene. People then gathered around, trying to lynch him. The suspect attacked the terrorist with a wooden board while policemen tried to shield the Palestinian. One policeman was injured in the face, requiring medical attention.

The suspect’s attorney, Jackie Sagron, said his client “didn’t intend to attack policemen – his intention was to attack the terrorist. This isn’t an ordinary case. This was a murder of innocent people in broad daylight.”

Meanwhile, an Arab municipal park employee was attacked with tear gas in Herzliya by a man who then escaped. The attacker approached the worker in his car, rolled down his window and sprayed the worker. The police searched for him in vain. Herzliya mayor Moshe Fadlon condemned the attack, saying that “any violence is wrong and the city won’t allow such behavior directed against residents or visitors to the city.”

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