19-year-old Charged With Abusing Haifa Resident During Robbery

Defendant allegedly poured bleach over burglary victim and attacked her with an electro-shock device.

An indictment was filed with the Haifa District Court on Monday against a 19-year-old Haifa resident on severe charges of attacking and abusing a 68-year-old woman.

According to the indictment, the defendant, Stephen Borisvitzky, poured bleach over Ita Fogel body and attacked her with an electro-shock device. He is also accused of a series of other Haifa robberies and of possession of stolen property.

The indictment states that Borisvitzky and others barged into Fogel's central-Haifa apartment last month by disconnecting her electricity and entering the apartment when she opened her door to inspect the problem.

The indictment further states that the defendant and another man tied Fogel up and beat her, and told her that they had been informed that she has $30,000 in her apartment. Fogel responded that she does not have the sum, and offered the two NIS 1,000 and her car.

After searching her apartment, one of the men poured a bottle of bleach over Fogel's body and the two later attached an electro-shock device to her body.

The burglars ravaged Fogel's apartment, stole some jewelry and fled the scene.

Fogel was rushed to the hospital and was hospitalized in critical condition as she was unconscious and unable to breathe on her own. She regained consciousness last week and her condition is stable.

Borisvitzky has also been accused, along with 29-year-old Alon Isocov from Haifa and 23-year-old Idan Dahan of Ariel, of breaking into another Haifa apartment where an elderly couple resides. The indictment states that the three stole a laptop computer, foreign coins, jewelry, and checkbooks. The indictment also states that Borisvitzky has repeatedly broken into elderly people's apartments.