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Farmer who raped Belgian backpacker searched for date-rape drug before attack

The South Australian cattle farmer who kidnapped and raped a female Belgian backpacker had researched date-rape drugs and tasers, weeks before carrying out his attack. 

Gene Charles Bristow, 54, was found guilty of six charges on Monday, including aggravated kidnapping and indecent assault and rape, after he held a 26-year-old woman captive in his home for two days in February 2017.

Evidence that was not included in the trial has revealed the cattle farmer had conducted internet searches for Rohypnol, commonly known as a date-rape drug, and tasers just four weeks before he abducted the woman, The Advertiser reported.

The jury heard Bristow had also searched on eBay for handcuffs, shackles, and a toy gun. 

Authorities never found drugs nor tasers but prosecutors argued the searches proved the attack was premeditated. 

The charges come after he held a 26-year-old woman captive in his home for two days in February 2017

Gene Charles Bristow, 54, was found guilty of six charges on Monday, including aggravated kidnapping and indecent assault and rape, after he held a 26-year-old woman captive in his home for two days in February 2017

Evidence that was not included in the trial has revealed the cattle farmer (pictured during his arrest) had conducted internet searches for Rohypnol and tasers

Evidence that was not included in the trial has revealed the cattle farmer (pictured during his arrest) had conducted internet searches for Rohypnol and tasers 

Bristow drove the backpacker to his property after responding to a Gumtree ad she posted looking for farm work, but the situation quickly turned dire. 

In her evidence, the woman told the court that Bristow responded to her advert and offered her a job, later picking her up from a bus stop at Murray Bridge and driving her to his hobby farm at Meningie, 150km southeast of Adelaide.   

She said he took her inside a disused pig shed where he asked to check the soles of her feet for needle marks and then pressed what turned out to be a fake gun to her back. 

The 54-year-old bound his victim’s hands and feet, and chained her to the ground before leaving her alone in the shed.      

Shocking images that were shown in court, show the squalid conditions she endured, including the couch she was shackled to for two days. 

He faces the possibility of a life sentence.  

The images were shown to the court before Bristow was found guilty of six charges, including aggravated kidnapping, indecent assault and rape (pictured is the couch)

The images were shown to the court before Bristow was found guilty of six charges, including aggravated kidnapping, indecent assault and rape (pictured is the couch)

The horrific scene where a Belgian backpacker was held captive with shackles and raped by a farmer who lured her with the promise of work have been revealed (pictured)

The horrific scene where a Belgian backpacker was held captive with shackles and raped by a farmer who lured her with the promise of work have been revealed (pictured)

Bristow, 54, had lured the young woman to the property (pictured) with the promise of farm work when he kidnapped her and kept her captive before raping her repeatedly

Bristow, 54, had lured the young woman to the property (pictured) with the promise of farm work when he kidnapped her and kept her captive before raping her repeatedly

Bristow threatened to shoot the woman if she tried to escape and told her he was working with others in a kidnapping ring.  

The 26-year-old was seen weeping when evidence, including the ties she was shackled with, were tendered to the court.

‘I was feeling like it wasn’t real, you know, you wouldn’t believe that something was happening like that,’ she told the jury.

‘I was feeling terrible and I would think about my family a lot. I thought I wouldn’t see them again.’

The 26-year-old was seen weeping when evidence, including the ties she was shackled with, were tendered to the court (pictured are chains used to detain the woman in the shed)

The 26-year-old was seen weeping when evidence, including the ties she was shackled with, were tendered to the court (pictured are chains used to detain the woman in the shed)

Bristow used a toy gun (pictured) to contain the backpacker while he shackled her to the bed in the run down pig shed on his family's farm

Bristow used a toy gun (pictured) to contain the backpacker while he shackled her to the bed in the run down pig shed on his family’s farm

‘(I thought) I was going to die there,’ she said.

Police launched a full scale search for the missing backpacker after she managed to free her hands long enough to get to her laptop and alert family and friends to her dire situation.  

Bristow was pulled over by police during the large scale search. 

Shortly after, he shaved his head and transported the backpacker to Murray Bridge. He was arrested the next day. 

He will face court again on Friday for a pre-sentencing hearing.   

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