– Prosecutors have gathered 450 hours of video evidence against a man and woman accused of holding a Dutch tourist hostage for six weeks and sexually and physically abusing her.
Alfio Anthony Granata, 46, appeared at Melbourne Magistrates Court on Friday, while co-accused Jennifer Mary Peaston, 32, appeared via video link. They each face 179 charges, including 62 counts of rape, at least 85 of assault, threats to kill, drug offences and detaining a person against their will.
Police allege they held the young woman hostage in a Preston apartment late last year, until she self-harmed and was taken to hospital.
It is alleged the woman, in her early 20s, was repeatedly bashed and raped. Was blindfolded and felt brainwashed, was hogtied with chains and forced to eat food scraps.
Mr Granata sat in the dock on Friday dressed in a blue suit and striped business shirt. His lawyer, Christopher Pearson, appealed to magistrate Donna Bakos for the prosecution to present its case sooner rather than later because his client was anxious to learn of the case against him.
In a police summary previously tendered to the court, the tourist claimed she was subjected to constant sexual and physical abuse, mental trauma and a death “ritual”.
A detective testified that the woman said Mr Granata claimed he was possessed by an ancestor and performed a ritual by sealing an envelope with her photo, finger and toenails, a piece of hair and her blood to symbolise that her “being was no more”.
The woman told police she had met the two accused at a party in St Kilda last October and later engaged in consensual “threesomes” and drug use, according to the summary.
It is alleged that by November Mr Granata became violent towards both women, and that the tourist could not leave.
Magistrate Bakos remanded the accused to appear on August 30th – Adam Cooper


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