Accused tortured woman for days, court told
A WOMAN charged for raping, assaulting and torturing a woman over a five day period last year acted after the victim was accused of stealing methamphetamine, Ipswich District Court heard yesterday.
Sheridan Louise McGguire, 39, wascharged after the victim allegedly escaped McGuire's and a co-accused's Woodend home on May 4 last year, telling police she spent the days prior being tortured, tied up, raped and beaten.
McGuire pleaded not guilty to eight charges including rape, torture, deprivation of liberty, robbery in company, threatening violence and three counts of assault in day one of a trial yesterday.
Crown prosecutor Clare Kelly told the court the alleged offending began after the woman was accused of taking methamphetamine from within the home.
Ms Kelly said the victim was threatened to have her fingers cut off with a machete if she answered questions incorrectly, had her ponytail cut off and was raped during the ordeal.
She said one of the charges related to the woman being chained to a tree by the Bremer River.
"She thought she was going to die by drowning at that point," she said.
"The water mark was above her head and it was muddy.
"(The defendant) told her she 'had lots of time to sit and think about being a bad friend' and 'enjoy your last few hours'."
The court heard the pair retrieved the victim from the river bank and took her back to the house, where she was chained to the floor by a chain around her ankle.
Ms Kelly said the woman escaped the next morning and police later found evidence including a machete, duct tape and a pony tail at the home.
She also said the woman was duct taped to a dining chair, tasered and poked with a cattle prod and "told to get on the floor like a dog".
Ms Kelly said the defendant also drew white vinegar into a syringe and told her, "you're lucky I don't have battery acid".
The trial continues today.