Gene Charles Bristow lured a 24-year-old backpacker to his hobby farm in Meningie under false pretenses in February 2017
A cattle farmer who kidnapped and raped a Belgian backpacker in a pig shed has been rushed to hospital just days before he was due to be sentenced for the sickening crime.
Gene Charles Bristow was due to appear in Adelaide District Court on Thursday, but his sentencing has now been postponed because of an unknown illness.
In February 2017, Bristow lured a 24-year-old backpacker to his hobby farm in Meningie, 150km southeast of Adelaide, after he responded to a Gumtree advert under false pretenses.
The 54-year-old claimed he could offer the woman temporary farm work, but instead when she arrived at his isolated residence he chained her up in a squalor repeatedly raped her.
Bristow was found guilty by a jury in March on one count of aggravated kidnapping, two counts of rape, two counts of indecent assault, and one count of attempted rape.
Adelaide District Court judge Judge Davison, who was supposed to sentence Bristow, said she had received little information and subsequently adjourned the hearing until May 14.
Bristow (pictured left) was due to appear in Adelaide District Court on Thursday, but his sentencing has now been postponed because of an unknown condition
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)
Correctional Services officials have since stated that Bristow was admitted to hospital on Sunday for an existing condition, but is in a stable condition.
The sickening details of the kidnap and rape had previously emerged during Bristow's trial, in which the victim gave evidence in court.
The court heard Bristow had responded to a Gumtree advert offering the European woman work and later picked her up from a bus stop at Murray Bridge.