The Tel Aviv State Attorney's Office on Thursday indicted a 19-year-old Eritrean man suspected of repeatedly beating and raping
an 83-year-old woman for nearly three hours two weeks ago in Tel Aviv.
The indictment includes charges of aggravated rape and assault, and aggravated sodomy.
The indictment details a graphic, horrifying tale of sexual sadism carried out in broad daylight on a Friday morning near the central bus station in Tel Aviv. The indictment tells how the suspect jumped the fence of the woman's building and entered her backyard, where he tackled her and threw her onto a mattress, and proceeded to rape her.
According to prosecutors, the woman began to scream and beg for her life, and in response the suspect struck her repeatedly, causing her severe bruising.
"The suspect did not relent, and continued to rape the complainant again and again, cruelly using severe and merciless violence while ignoring her pleas for mercy,” the indictment reads.
The indictment says that the man finally left the scene when relatives of the woman happened to arrive at the house to visit her, causing him to flee the scene.
The victim suffered severe emotional and physical trauma, including heavy bruises and bleeding, as well as internal fractures and lacerations that required a week of hospitalization.
Police announced the incident on Monday, after a media blackout of the case was lifted. Police said they were able to find the assailant a few days after the rape, and on Monday morning he was brought to the Tel Aviv Magistrate’s Court, where his remand was extended by four days.
There is a still a gag order on the identity of the man, who is 19 years old and is listed as having no permanent address.
The indictment says the evidence against the defendant includes DNA samples taken from inside the victim's body, as well as testimony from the victim and her relatives identifying him as the culprit. The man has not cooperated with police, but told them that he was severely drunk at the time of the incident and does not remember anything that happened that day. The indictment says he also reported that the suspect said that because he was drunk it could be that he committed the crime and does not remember.
The courtyard where the rape happened is in a street near the central bus station that has long been a haunt of drug dealers and their customers, prostitutes, and these days, large numbers of African migrants and foreign workers from Asia.
A few hours after the rape case was publicized, Strong Israel MK Michael Ben-Ari announced plans to hold a protest march from his party office on Hagana Street toward the central bus station.
By 6:30 p.m., around 150 people were marching down Hagana Street chanting “Sudanese to Sudan” and “Bibi [Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu], go home”, before gathering for a rally outside the bus station.
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