Backpacker recounts 'gunpoint rape' after responding to Gumtree ad
A Belgian backpacker who claims she was abducted and raped by a man she met on Gumtree has broken down while giving evidence against her alleged attacker.
Gene Bristow is standing trial, accused of holding the young woman hostage at his remote farmhouse.
The 26-year-old woman told a jury yesterday Mr Bristow was the man who allegedly abducted and repeatedly abused her.
"I was very frightened and confused. It felt like it wasn't real," she said.
The European backpacker claims Mr Bristow lured her to his Meningie property, 150 kilometres south-east of Adelaide, after she posted a Gumtree ad looking for work in February 2017.
The 54-year-old - who was brought back to the farm yesterday, as part of the prosecutors' case - is accused of taking the woman to a remote pig shed where he used chains and cable ties to restrain her before threatening his victim with a replica gun.
"He placed something on my back and said it was a gun, so I didn't struggle anymore because I was afraid he might shoot me," she said.
She told the court Mr Bristow made her lie face-down on a "filthy" couch in the shed and she could do nothing except try and curl into a ball as Mr Bristow attacked her.
The woman was eventually able to loosen her bonds and use her laptop to alert authorities.
Police swarmed the town soon afterwards.
The woman sat with an interpreter, but rarely needed any help during the hearing.
At one stage, she broke down and wiped away tears before composing herself and recounting the horrors she said she endured.
Mr Bristow's lawyer said the allegations are an "invention" but admitted his client was with the woman at the time.
The jury is expected to hand down its verdict next Friday.
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