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An indictment was filed on Sunday in the Beersheba District Court, charging Ashdod resident Andrei Starkov with the murder of Rita Goldberg on an Ashdod beach in September.
According to the indictment, on the evening of the murder, Goldberg and a friend came into the Manchu kiosk on Ashdod’s Mi Ami beach, where Starkov was at work with his friend, Osik Levy.
It is alleged that Goldberg and Starkov, who had not known each other previously, began to chat, and later drank beer with Levy. The indictment claims the three then walked to the beach, where Starkov and Goldberg sat together alone after Levy left.
Sometime later Goldberg allegedly shouted that Starkov had raped her.
At that point, the indictment claims, Starkov, fearing Goldberg would call the police, strangled her.
is alleged Starkov threw a 10 kg. rock at Goldberg’s head, causing
multiple fractures and crushing her skull, and then smashed Goldberg’s
head against another rock.
Starkov then allegedly dragged the
unconscious Goldberg along the beach and returned to the Manchu kiosk,
where he told his employer that Goldberg tripped and hit her head.
It is alleged that Starkov took Levy to where he had left Goldberg.
Levy then called an ambulance, but Starkov fled the scene. Goldberg was later pronounced dead at the scene.