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A former bodyguard of IDF Chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi
was convicted on Tuesday of attempted sexual molestation and sexual
part of a plea bargain reached by the Tel Aviv District Court.
arrangement, Erez Efrati, 30, pleaded guilty to the two counts and will no
longer face a previous charge of attempted rape. Also, his charge of attempted
sexual molestation will not be under aggravated circumstances, as was written in
the original indictment.
former bodyguard admits attempted rape
The attempted sexual molestation charge carries
a maximum sentence of 16 years in prison.
Efrati and his lawyers had long
contended that he was heavily intoxicated at the time of the incident
aware or in control of his actions.
Efrati’s attorneys had also claimed
that his delusional state was the result of his having ingested fake,
The incident in question occurred late last December, after
Efrati left his bachelor party at a strip club near the Tel Aviv Port.
allegedly followed the 22-year-old plaintiff to her car at a nearby
near the Reading power plant and dragged her from the car to the banks
Yarkon River, where he allegedly attempted to rape her as he beat her
threatened to kill her.
Bystanders who saw the woman struggling with
Efrati in the bushes came to her rescue, and Efrati fled into the water,
he hid until police found him.
Efrati’s wedding was scheduled for four
days later, but the celebration was placed on hold.Efrati's fiance does not show at proceedings
On Tuesday, Efrati’s
fiancé did not show up at the proceedings, the first time since the
occurred that she has not come to support him.
Efrati stood before the
court on Tuesday and said that he had read the indictment and confessed
Prosecutors said Tuesday that they had pushed for the plea
bargain because if the case went to trial, it would require the
dozens of witnesses and could stretch out for months.
Erez said the plea bargain was worded by the state in a way that exposed
serious charges linked to Efrati, adding that “the accused admitted
today to all
the crimes, was convicted, and went back on all of the defenses that he
Attorney Tali Eisenberg, who represented the plaintiff
on behalf of the Noga center for victims of crime, said after the
Tuesday that her client had reached the decision to agree to the plea
only in the morning, after “we thought, examined and checked a great
pros and cons of the agreement and came to the conclusion that it
harsh arrangement [for the defendant].”
She added, “We took into account
the difficulties of a long trial and testimonies, something that would
difficult for everyone involved.”
The plaintiff will still be required to
testify during the sentencing phase.