A wealthy couple tied up and imprisoned their maid for three days after the wife launched a plot to pay her to sleep with her husband so she could divorce him. But his wife Dina, 35, then offered her money to have sex with her husband and record it - so she could have evidence of infidelity to use against him in a divorce.
The plot backfired and Mr Gris, who owns shops including newsagents and post offices, accused the maid of stealing money from him, Bristol Crown Court heard. She was physically intimidated and treated in a degrading fashion. But after three days, the maid wriggled free of her binds and used the rope to climb out of a window. She was then spotted by a neighbour running down the street wearing just a nightie and the police were called.
The court heard his wife pleaded guilty to the same charge in December and will be sentenced at a later date. Sentencing, His Honour Judge Hart said: You came up behind her with a rope and started to tie her up. She had no idea of what was going on. You tied her up and demanded money. She had no idea what it was about. She was trussed up in that chair and you restrained her in a virtual sense for nearly three days.
She was subjected to a long period of restricted liberty. Ian Penny, prosecuting, said: She was part of the picture and wanted to stay with her sister. She overstayed and became an illegal immigrant. The judge was told he aimed to intimidate her into confessing to the theft, shouting at her, while a large knife lay next to him on the table.
The couple filmed the hour ordeal at their home in Bishop Sutton, Somerset Credit: The victim can be seen crying, with her head bowed, while she stuttered out indistinguishable words. It was just a snippet of an ordeal that lasted many, many hours which began on Wednesday 24 June, and went on until Friday morning. SWNS Narissa was then taken to another room where she was tied up by her legs and ankles for a "substantial amount of time" with a rope and bound using furry, leopard print handcuffs.
Describing the torment, Mr Penny said: Quite why the defendant would think a confession obtained in this manner would help him I do not know. He said he would kill her and chop her into pieces like a cow. She was being used as a scapegoat. That was the purpose behind his behaviour. He showed her the "confession video" to try and convince her to pay the money he claimed Narissa had stolen, the court heard. The pair then refused to take Mary to her sister and said that she had gone out.
But after nearly three days, during which the woman was only allowed to leave the room to be escorted to the bathroom, she managed to loosen herself from the rope and used it to clamber out of the window and escape. A man's after me and they're going to kill me! The neighbour said that Narissa screamed "Help, help, take me to the police station! He still doesn't know what's happened to it.
He pleaded guilty and that's that. We don't want her to go to prison for that reason and neither does my uncle.