A South Australian court has heard horrific details of a Wolf Creek-style attack on two backpackers on a remote beach in Coorong National Park in February last year.
A 60-year-old man went on trial in the Supreme Court today, charged with indecent assault, kidnapping, attempted murder, aggravated assault and other charges over the alleged attack on the European women in their twenties.
It’s alleged the SA local met the pair on Gumtree, where one of them posted a request for a lift from Adelaide to Melbourne, before taking them to an isolated spot at Salt Creek and tormenting them.
Prosecutor James Pearce claims he drove them to a beach accessible only by 4WD and that the group set up a camp before the attacks occurred.
One of the women fell asleep in the car while the other was chatting to the accused, who offered to take her for a walk to look for kangaroos.
Once they were alone, he allegedly threw her to the ground and pulled out a knife he used to cut off her bikini.
“He took some rope and used it to tie … her hands and arms together behind her back,” Pearce told the court. “He used the knife to cut her bikini off. With the flourish of a knife she was naked, lying on the sand. She was helpless.”
It’s alleged he then raped her, kissing and licking her as she tried to reason with him.
Eventually, the victim convinced him they’d be more comfortable in a tent at the campsite; he agreed and led her back, still tied up.
The woman screamed for help as they got closer, waking her friend, who ran for the car to grab her phone but was chased by the man and allegedly struck with a hammer several times.
“He used it to strike her over the head,” said Pearce. “She felt wobbly but she remembers trying to run away.”
He chased her down in the 4WD and, at one point, literally ran her over as blood streamed from wounds on her head, according to Pearce.
“On one occasion the car literally ran over her. Fortunately the wheels went either side of her.”
The woman realised she couldn’t outrun the car and jumped on the bonnet, clinging to the roof racks for dear life.
The man’s trial is ongoing.
Source: The Australian.
Photo: Hunter Gatherer Diaries.