A Palestinian man residing illegally in Israel was indicted on Sunday over the rape of a woman on the Ashkelon beach.
According to the indictment, served in the Beersheba District Court, 23-year-old Mohammed Tarodi from the West Bank is alleged to have raped the 22-year-woman just over a week ago as she lay sunbathing next to her boyfriend.
Both the woman, who cannot be named as is standard practice for sexual assault and rape victims, and her boyfriend were asleep when Tarodi allegedly first saw them at around 2 p.m. that afternoon.
The indictment alleges that Tarodi approached the woman, who was lying on her stomach and wearing a swimsuit, and stroked her hair, back and buttocks as she slept. Tarodi then allegedly lowered his trousers and raped the woman, knowing that she was sleeping and could not give her consent. During the attack, the woman awoke in shock and saw Tarodi as he hitched up his trousers and ran away, the indictment alleges.