Friday, November 02, 2007

Rapist blames spider...

Rapist's 'spider' defence fails

An Australian man who reportedly claimed a toxic spider bite compelled him to rape a woman has been jailed after a judge rejected his defence.

Philip Ronald Spiers subjected a woman to a four-hour ordeal after abducting her in a car park in Maitland, 160km (100 miles) north of Sydney in 1997.

Spiers, 41, pleaded guilty but tried to blame his actions on a funnel-web spider bite 12 days before the offence.

A New South Wales judge jailed him for eight years on Wednesday.

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