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.