Published: Wed, March 08, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Man accused of raping, bashing hostage over 2 months

Man accused of raping, bashing hostage over 2 months

They say the 22-year-old woman was behind the wheel of the vehicle, but had facial injuries and was distressed.

This is where police found the woman's alleged Australian attacker - also 22 - when they pulled over the vehicle by chance.

The man was charged with offenses including four counts of rape, eight counts of assault occasioning bodily harm, four counts of strangulation, as well as counts of willful damage, deprivation of liberty, possession of risky drugs and police obstruction. A female worker, who did not want to be named, said that the woman was distressed...

Other charges included two counts of deprivation of liberty, two counts of wilful damage, one count of possessing risky drugs, one count of possessing drug utensils and one count of obstructing police.

Detective Inspector Paul Hart said the pair had travelled extensively throughout the state.

It is not yet clear when the woman may be able to return to the United Kingdom but police said she does not need further medical treatment.

The pair had travelled to Gordonvale in the state's far north, Bowen and across central Queensland over the past weeks.

"What she has experienced is no doubt horrific and terrifying and we commend her for taking the opportunity to speak to our police".

Police say the woman was then held against her will and repeatedly attacked between 2 January and 5 March.

The man has been refused bail and will face court again on 23rd May.

The woman, who has not been identified, was described as having "facial fractures, scratches and abrasions to her neck area" as well as other bruising.

"Of paramount importance to us, though, is the welfare of this particular young lady", Hart said. Police would also not say whether her family would fly over from the United Kingdom to support her here.

The victim was rescued while she and her captor were driving in the Australian outback.

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