Mother of Alleged Murderer Apologizes to Victim's Family

"I wanted to be sorry for the family, for the tragedy they suffered. They did not deserve losing their mother. Two children were left alone," said the mother of the teenager who confessed to murdering attorney Anat Pliner. She spoke yesterday at a press conference she called in her Ramat Hasharon home.

In response to the fears of the victim's family that she would present her son as a victim, she said: "Believe me, they are much greater victims than us. I would not want to go through what they have."

In a broken voice she told how her son had confessed to her that he had committed the murder when she met with him for the first time in his jail cell.

"They let me into his room. He thought, sat and told me: 'Mom, I have been trying to say something for two years. All my behavior, in which everyone thinks I am saying stupid things - is not me.'

"He told me that suddenly he had an idea that he was walking, saw a tunnel, saw nothing on the way, no one, only someone telling him: 'Go get money, go get money,'" said the mother. He told her how he went to the Pliner house, knocked on the door and demanded money.

When Pliner started screaming, she said her son said he took out a knife and stabbed her. Recounting this, the boy's mother burst into tears.

She said she did not remember the day of the murder until her son reminded her of something unusual that day. "He came home shaking, scared, frightened. He had just come back from a run, and we didn't understand what happened to him," the mother said.

"He is a wonderful child," she added. "A good boy. Whatever I asked him to do, he did."

He did have outbreaks, she said, but you did not see him getting into fights.

She said it never occurred to her her son could be Pliner's killer. "Who would have thought that their son could have done such a thing? To know your son, whom you raised, nurtured, and suddenly you have such a bomb dropped on you. Your son is a murderer? How?"

She said her son had been receiving treatment for the last few months, but she refused to say what kind of treatment.

The family's lawyer, Moshe Meroz, said he met with the suspect in his cell, and it was clear that the teen had a psychological problem. "He describes extraordinary situations, in which he does not exactly know what he did. And I have the feeling that this will be his line of defense," said Meroz. He said he had requested a psychiatric evaluation of the youth.

"It is possible it will be determined that he is unable to stand trial, or that he has diminished responsibility," said the lawyer.