Selfie in bed with girlfriend saves Israeli youth accused of gang-raping British teenager while holidaying in Cyprus
Yona Golub and 12 other Israelis spent eight days in jail after a British teenager told the police that they took turns to rape her in Cyprus on July 17.
An 18-year-old was saved from prosecution for a fabricated rape charge, thanks to a selfie his girlfriend took of the two of them in bed. Yona Golub, along with 12 other Israelis was arrested after a British teenager, who cannot be named, accused them of gang-raping her in Cyprus on July 17. She had told the police that the men had taken turns raping her and the video of it was circulated on WhatsApp. However, after spending eight nights in jail, when Golub showed the selfie to the police, he was let go as the alleged rape 'took place' when Golub was with his girlfriend.
The woman who accused them has changed her statement and is facing jail time and a hefty fine. Golub told MailOnline that even though his name was cleared, he was still called "rapist" when he walked down the street. "I walk in the street and people yell 'rapist.' They come to my mother and say 'your son is a rapist', to my little sister and say 'your brother is a rapist'," he said.
He said he had been in a hotel room with his girlfriend when officers charged in and pulled him off the bed and said, "You're being arrested on suspicion of rape". He said, "They made me get dressed, handcuffed me and took me to the station. It was all lies. It had nothing to do with me. The police just believed what she was saying. But you saw that in the end, she admitted she lied but it hasn't worked out so well for her."
He had maintained his innocence and had previously said that he would sue her for the lies. He said he didn't even know her. There was no DNA evidence either linking him to the crime. According to reports, the teen had told the authorities that she had felt humiliated after some Isreali men had filmed her while they were having consensual sex and she filed the false rape report due to this. The woman's lawyer said the teen was a victim of revenge porn. Andreas Pittadjis, her lawyer, insisted that the very X rated video was now "seen by the world."
"People here don't understand what happened and curse my family," Golub said, "They don't understand that this girl said these things for no reason. My life has been made really difficult. I was fired from where I work because of this. My bosses recognized me from the news stories in Cyprus and told me 'don't come to work anymore. I tried to explain the truth to them but they didn't listen," he said.