Ashdod peacemaker dies in TA

Eli Ifergin, from Ashdod, had been in a coma with massive head injuries since October 9, when he tried to break up a fight outside a nightclub in south TA.

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Nearly a month after he was dealt a vicious blow to the head with a motorcycle helmet, a 36-year-old father of three was pronounced dead at Tel Aviv’s Ichilov Hospital on Sunday.

Eli Ifergin, from Ashdod, had been in a coma with massive head injuries since October 9, when he tried to break up a fight between two women outside a nightclub in south Tel Aviv after closing hours.

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Ifergin was confronted by the club’s promoter, Shai Sagan, who police say later followed him to his car and smashed him in the back of the head with a motorcycle helmet. Ifergin immediately fell to the ground with massive bleeding inside his skull. He was rushed to Ichilov where he was in critical condition on life support.

Ifergin never regained consciousness. Three days after the attack, his condition took a turn for the worse, and on Sunday, he died.

His family said they will ask prosecutors to charge Sagan with homicide; he currently faces aggravated assault charges.

Sagan was arrested shortly after the incident but was released by the court to house arrest.

The police then went to the judge with a picture of Ifergin on life support. Police told the court Ifergin might not survive and requested a new hearing for Sagan. The judge agreed and Sagan was returned to the custody of police.


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