Farm worker, 28, accused of sexually assaulting and raping a woman, 57, blackmailed her into turning her farm over to him, court hears
- Female farmhand told jurors she was sexually assaulted and raped by handler
- Tom Linton, 28, is accused of locking her head in a cattle herd in Scotland
- Woman, 57, claimed he was blackmailing her into giving up her Lanarkshire farm
- Linton denies the allegations and claims the woman consented to sex with him
A female farmhand has told jurors she was sexually assaulted by a sheep herder after locking her head in a cattle pen intended to contain animals.
The woman, 57, claimed today that she was attacked repeatedly on a farm in Lanarkshire, Scotland, including while incarcerated.
Tom Linton, a 28-year-old self-employed farmhand, is also accused of raping the woman multiple times between June 1, 2017 and July 31, 2018.
The woman, who testified before the Supreme Court in Livingston, alleged that Linton had “manipulated” her and blackmailed her into turning her farm over to him.
Linton, of Cleghorn, is accused of assaulting the woman by trapping her in a cattle press, tying her to bars with a rope, putting his hand inside her sweater and unbuttoning her bra, touching her breasts and raped her on several occasions.
He is also charged with assaulting the 57-year-old woman by turning her upside down, dropping her to the floor, standing on her toes and biting her on the lip and nose to her injury and permanent deformity, and behave threateningly. or insulting way towards her.
The woman, who testified at the High Court in Livingston (pictured), alleged that Tom Linton sexually assaulted and raped her several times between June 1, 2017 and July 31, 2018.
The woman told the jury today, “I really did what he wanted me to do, but at no point did I ever lead him — never.
“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 was so ashamed.
“I was confronted by someone who wanted my farm and that was his only agenda.”
“He nit-picked everything I did in my life and brought me to the bottom. He said if I throw it on the floor he will take it and sell it for a better one.
“The only thing that was wrong with him (was) that he wanted to take over. It’s despicable to treat me and my partner like that.’
Linton’s counsel Sarah Livingston asked the woman, “So his agenda from day one was essentially to rob you of your farm? Everything he did was aimed at that – undermining you, undermining your partner, so everything he did to you and your partner is aimed at taking over the farm from you, is that right?’
The woman replied, ‘Yes. It has always been initiated by him. There was nothing back from me. He lifted me up and forced me against a wall or just forced me down.’
The woman said things came to a head on Christmas Eve 2018 when Linton sent her a text threatening to reveal she was having an affair with him.
She said, “He was going to tell me that I was a willing partner and that I was NOT a willing partner. From around that time it started going through – May 2017 – lifting me upside down there was no affair, and at that point there was no sexual contact.
“In my eyes he saw what he could get away with. I know he was trying to annoy my partner.
“The strong person I was should have nip that in the bud and get rid of him. I don’t know why I didn’t. I’ve asked myself that a hundred times.”
She said she told her partner that night that Linton had sexually assaulted her. She added: “I didn’t go into details. I didn’t want to hurt him.
Linton denies all charges and has filed a special defense claiming that his alleged victim consented to sex with him.
The trial, for Lord Fairlie, continues.