Erez Efrati, the former bodyguard of IDF Chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen. Gabi
Ashkenazi, filed an appeal Sunday against the eight year sentence he received
after being convicted of attempting to sexually assault a 22-year-old
In July, Efrati was sentenced after pleading guilty to attempted
As part of the plea bargain, the court dropped charges of
attempted rape, and in addition to his sentence, Efrati received a two years’
suspended sentence and was ordered to pay the victim NIS 150,000.
Efrati disputed the justice of his sentence on Sunday in Tel Aviv District
Court, claiming that his earlier conviction had failed to take into account his
level of intoxication during the incident.
Efrati added in his appeal
that no significant physical harm had been caused to the young woman during the
incident – an argument that sparked an outraged condemnation from Dr. Dana
Pugach, head of the Noga Center for Victims of Crime at the Ono Academic
Pugach, who has acted as a spokeswoman for the woman Efrati
attacked, said Efrati’s claim regarding physical harm was “outrageous and
shocking” in light of the fact that he attempted to harm her and was stopped
just in time by a passerby.