Gumtree rapist advertised flat online before spiking student and raping her

A man allegedly advertised his apartment on Gumtree before raping a 25-year-old student.

Marco Gastello, 43, denied advertising the property in Melbourne, Australia, on Gumtree and then assaulting the 25-year-old woman who moved in about four years ago, Melbourne Magistrates Court heard on Monday, October 18.

The woman told the court Gastello was drinking and smoking weed in the kitchen on the night of the alleged attack, the NCA NewsWire reports.

He allegedly offered her vodka to “kill the bacteria” after she coughed while making a cup of tea and they had several drinks together.

But the next morning she claims she woke up with a “different kind of blur” to a hangover, in his bed with bruises on her legs and no memory of how she got there.

She said: “After drinking this glass, I don’t remember much. I had to use all the walls to walk back to my bedroom.”

The woman also claims to have been suffering flashbacks like a “memory or dream” of being dragged by her wrists over the years since the incident.

However, Gastello denies the charges of two counts of rape, administering an intoxicating substance for a sexual purpose and sexual assault.

During a bail hearing, the Supreme Court of Victoria heard the alleged victim took a sample from the glass Gastello had given her to drink vodka when she woke up the next morning.

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Reports say the sample and urine test tested positive for a sedative prescribed to people who can’t sleep, Oxazepam.

The committal hearing continues.

If you or somebody you know has been affected by this story, contact Victim Support for free, confidential advice on 08 08 16 89 111 or visit their website, www.victimsupport.org.uk.

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