Son of backpacker rape accused disputes his version of events
The son of a man accused of raping and kidnapping a Belgian backpacker on a remote South Australian farm has disputed his father's version of what happened.
Gene Bristow claims the young woman was working at the property in Meningie, 150 kilometres south-east of Adelaide, but the jury heard his family had no idea she was there.
Mr Bristow's son took to the stand to give evidence against his father as prosecutors quizzed him on exactly what he knew about the allegations.
David Bristow lived at the family's Meningie property and says he had no idea what was happening inside a remote pig shed where his father allegedly kidnapped and raped a Belgian backpacker he met through a Gumtree ad in February 2017.
The 22-year-old told the jury his father never mentioned the young woman and hired help wasn't needed on the farm.
He also rejected claims Mr Bristow restrained animals using cable ties.
Prosecutors say the ties were instead used on the alleged victim, along with chains, to restrain her to a couch in the pig shed, which wasn't visible from the main house.
The jury told when David asked his 54-year-old father where he was going at night, he responded he was "seeing a friend".
His son's 19-year-old partner was also in court.
She claims Mr Bristow told her he was going to a job interview in Murray Bridge on the day of the alleged abduction then boasted how well it went after he returned to the farm.
The court has heard the alleged victim managed to raise the alarm, using her laptop that night before police swarmed the town and made their arrest two days later.
The jury is expected to hand down its verdict on Friday.
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