Farmhand accused of rape 'blackmailed woman into handing over farm'

Agricultural worker, 28, accused of sexually abusing and raping woman, 57, was blackmailing her into handing over her farm to him, hof verhoor

  • Female farmhand told jurors she was sexually assaulted and raped by handler
  • Tom Linton, 28, is accused of trapping her head in a cattle crush in Scotland
  • Vrou, 57, claimed he was blackmailing her into giving up her Lanarkshire farm
  • Linton denies the charges and claims the woman consented to sex with him
  • A female farmhand has told jurors she was sexually assaulted by a sheep handler after having her head locked in a cattle crush designed to restrain animals.

    Die vrou, 57, today alleged that she suffered repeated attacks on a farm in Lanarkshire, Skotland, including while she was trapped.

    Tom Linton, a 28-year-old self-employed farmhand, is also accused of raping the woman on various occasions between June 1, 2017 en Julie 31, 2018.

    Giving evidence at the High Court in Livingston, the woman claimed Linton ‘manipulatedher and was blackmailing her into handing over her farm to him.

    Linton, of Cleghorn, is charged with assaulting the woman by trapping her in a cattle press, tying her against bars with a rope, putting his hand up her jumper and loosening her bra, touching her breasts, and raping her on various occasions.

    He is also accused of assaulting the 57-year-old woman by turning her upside down, dropping her on the ground, standing on her toes and biting her on the lip and nose to her injury and permanent disfigurement as well as behaving in a threatening or abusive manner towards her.

    Giving evidence at the High Court in Livingston (op die foto), the woman claimed Tom Linton sexually assaulted and raped her on various occasions between June 1, 2017 en Julie 31, 2018

    Giving evidence at the High Court in Livingston (op die foto), the woman claimed Tom Linton sexually assaulted and raped her on various occasions between June 1, 2017 en Julie 31, 2018

    The woman told the jury today: ‘I was really doing what he wanted me to do but at no time did I ever lead him on – nooit nie.

    ‘I know it looks bad but I can just tell you how it came about and it happened. I just felt trapped. I just wanted to keep it to myself. I felt so ashamed.

    ‘I was faced with a person that wanted my farm and that was his only agenda.

    ‘He nit-picked everything I did in my life and ran me down to the lowest. He said that when I ran it down to the ground that he’ll take over and sell it for a better one.

    ‘All that was wrong with him (was that) he wanted to take over. To treat me and my partner in such a manner is despicable.

    Linton’s defence counsel Sarah Livingston asked the woman: ‘So his agenda from day one was essentially to rob you of your farm? Everything he did was focussed on that- undermining you, undermining your partner, so everything he’s done to you and your partner has been with a view to getting the farm from you, is that right?’

    The woman replied: ‘Ja. It was always initiated by him. There was nothing back from me. He’d pick me up and force me against a wall or just force me down.

    The woman said matters came to a head on Christmas Eve 2018 when Linton sent her a text message threatening to reveal she had been having an affair with him.

    Sy het gese: ‘He was going to tell that I was a willing partner and I was NOT a willing partner. From around that time the carry on started – Mei 2017 – lifting me upside down there was no affair, and at the time there was no sexual contact.

    ‘In my view he was seeing what he could get away with. I know what he was trying to do was just to annoy my partner.

    ‘The strong person I was should have nipped that in the bud and got rid of him. Why I didn’t I don’t know. I’ve asked myself that 100 tye ’.

    She said she told her partner that night that Linton had sexually assaulted her. Sy het bygevoeg: ‘I didn’t go into any details. I didn’t want to hurt him.

    Linton denies all the charges and has lodged a special defence claiming that his alleged victim consented to sex with him.

    Die hofsaak, before Lord Fairlie, gaan voort.

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