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Three life terms for brutal attack

A Piraeus court yesterday convicted a woman of the brutal mugging last year of an elderly pensioner that resulted in his death, but acquitted her two fellow defendants – one of whom, however, was jailed for immigration offenses. Victoria Mageiropoulou, 30, received three life terms after being found guilty of brutally attacking Vassilis Kalafatis in Piraeus in February, 2001. The 82-year-old was attacked outside his house in Nikaia by three people who bundled him into the trunk of a car and drove off to a remote spot where they beat him viciously – tearing his wedding ring off with their teeth – to force him to reveal where he kept his cash. Kalafatis died 10 days later, having allegedly identified his assailants as Mageiropoulou, Egyptian national Abdul Al Atar, 40, and Nikos Vasdekis, 25. The latter two strenuously denied their guilt, while Mageiropoulou confessed from the outset. Vasdekis, who was granted a conditional release after spending seven months in prison, was unanimously found innocent. So was Al Atar, who received a 17-month term for illegal entry into the country.