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Meningie Kidnapper Tries to Overturn Jail Term

A gavel rests inside the court room of the 100th Air Refueling Wing base legal office at RAF Mildenhall, England, May 28, 2019. The attorneys in the legal office offer commanders legal advice and also provide services like notaries, power of attorneys, wills and legal assistance to Team Mildenhall. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joseph Barron)

A South Australian hobby farmer found guilty of abducting, raping and assaulting a European backpacker in 2017 is attempting to overturn his 18 year jail sentence.

Gene Charles Bristow appeared in the Court of Criminal Appeal on Monday 18 May, questioning the reliability and credibility of the prosecutor's evidence in last year's trial.

The 55-year-old's lawyer Paul Charman told the court that the jury made improper use of evidence at trial, including the victim’s internet searchers for police contact details, which he asserts should not be permissible.

In March 2019, the District Court jury returned 6 guilty verdicts against Gene Charles Bristow, after deliberating for three hours.

The charges stemmed from a Gumtree advertisement that the woman posted in search of temporary work in February 2017. The 26-year-old victim testified in March 2019 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 court's decision on the appeal will be handed down at a later date.

Image at top CC U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joseph Barron