Ex-IDF chief guard suspected of rape claims alcohol to blame
The indictment filed against Capt. Erez Efrati, a former security guard for the IDF chief of staff, alleges he attempted to rape and sexually assault a 22-year-old woman in Tel Aviv.
A former security guard for the IDF chief of staff, who was accused of attempted rape and assault last year, on Sunday admitted to the allegations in the indictment, but said the alcohol he drank made him unaware of his actions that night.
The indictment filed against Capt. Erez Efrati, 30, alleges he attempted to rape and sexually assault a 22-year-old woman in Tel Aviv.
In the Tel Aviv District Court on Sunday, Efrati gave his first response to the charges brought against him.
Efrati's lawyers argued that a private investigation showed the drinks he imbibed the night of the alleged attack were counterfeit and unregulated, so there is no way of knowing how they affected him.
The lawyer's also claim that although Efrati's DNA was found on the woman's body, it remains unproven that it came from his sperm.
According to the indictment, Efrati attacked the victim, known as A., around 4:45 A.M. on November 28, 2009, when he followed her to her car, parked in the Tel Aviv port area. Efrati allegedly dragged A. from her car to the banks of the Yarkon River and threatened to kill her if she screamed.
The indictment also states that when passersby tried to help A., Efrati tried to persuade them she was his girlfriend. One of the passersby saw A. lying on the ground, partially naked, while Efrati leaned on her using his knees and held her mouth shut. When A. broke free and pleaded for help, Efrati hit her and later began to fight with the passerby.
Efrati tried to escape by jumping into the Yarkon, according to the indictment, but was later caught hiding under a nearby bridge.