Pig farmer chained, raped woman
A SOUTH Australian man has been found guilty of kidnapping and raping a European backpacker in an old pig shed, southeast of Adelaide.
A District Court jury returned the guilty verdicts against Gene Charles Bristow, 54, on Monday after deliberating for about three hours.
The charges stemmed from a Gumtree advertisement the woman posted in search of temporary farm work in February 2017 with the 26-year-old testifying that Bristow pointed a fake gun at her back, chained her up and raped her before she managed to free herself and raise the alarm using her laptop.
The jury began their deliberations earlier today.
While giving evidence, the 26-year-old said Bristow took her to a disused pig shed on his property at Meningie, about 150km southeast of Adelaide.
He is then alleged to have pointed a fake gun at her back, chained her up and raped her before she managed to free herself and raise the alarm using her laptop.
In the witness box last week, Bristow admitted using a different name in the pair's online interactions and giving her incorrect details about the farm's name, location and previous employees.
But the 54-year-old said the woman was never held against her will, insisting she was free to move about the farm and leave when she wanted.
After one night on his property, Bristow drove her to Murray Bridge and helped her check into a motel.
The District Court trial has been running for four weeks with the jury retiring to consider its verdict just after lunch on Monday.