– 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


About Jumpin' Jack Cash

Deep connections are the most important aspect of my existence. I don’t care if people don’t know what they want. I love books. I’m cynical of love stories, although I’m romantic. I adore gardens. I like women who challenge me. I love the rain as an excuse to stay inside and dream. I'm furiously impatient. If I ask you a question best to tell me the truth as I'm likely to already know the answer. I'm a carnivore. I continuously underestimate the magic of fresh flowers in my home. I love warm rain in the summer. My mood elevates to epic proportions when the sun shines. Tell me not to do something and I'll do it twice and take photos. Running is my antidepressant. I loathe lies. I rarely forgive a lie. Loyalty and honesty are my most noble virtues, and I value them more than anything in other people. I love to love, and am able to fall in love very quickly, although it's only ever happened once. I understood myself and fixed myself only after destroying myself. My greatest excitement comes from deliberately getting lost in foreign cities. I can be extremely loud and frighteningly silent. I hate insinuations. I love storms. Justice for all. I'm a proud man, but welcome the influence of the feminine soul. I have two sisters. I’m a dreamer. I’m a deep thinker. Don’t deal with guilt trips or drama that well. I'm extremely stubborn and persistent. I'm brilliant at keeping secrets. I love driving. I become absolutely and completely lost while watching a burning fire. When the toast pops from the toaster I’m never ready and shit myself. I play the guitar, but require much improvement. Solitude and warmth of the sun are perfect together. I’ve been married once and now divorced. I’m a music junkie. Chocolate mousse is the shit. I curse too much. I find it difficult to make friends. I spent four years as a firefighter. I’ve run my own company since 1991. Bright lights, big cities. I’ve been an executive producer of a feature film. Some people don’t care, and that’s the biggest let-down of the human race. There are cures and solutions for many evils, but no remedy for the worst of them all - the apathy of human beings. The sound of the Italian language being spoken is as good as my favourite music. I hate corrupt cops. I relentlessly and passionately pursue anybody and anything that sets my soul on fire. I'm a dog lover, and all my dogs are considered family members. I have an obsession with photography. I have some close friends who are household names, but shall always remain anonymous. I’m crazy but not lazy. Losing a soulmate has hurt me badly. My two young sons are the nucleus of my universe. I love airports. I love freedom. If you are dishonest or disloyal, I can erase you from my life and memory immediately and permanently. I yearn to explore, dream about and discover as many friendships, deep connections and places, one possibly can in a lifetime.
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