Australia: German Backpacker, 20, Reportedly Abducted, Drugged, Raped by Brisbane Assailant
According to The Australian, a German backpacker, 20, was allegedly lured to a rural property in Queensland and drugged, tied up and raped in Wolf Creek.
Queensland police will allege the 20-year-old answered an online job advertisement for a nanny based in the Stanthorpe area, near the Queensland-NSW border.
The victim caught a night bus to the area on August 13, 2013 and was picked up by a man from Brisbane.
Police say the assailant drugged the young woman with chocolate laced with the sedative, zolpidem, which is sold under the brand name Stilnox, before taking her to a shed on a property 30 kilometers (19 miles) southwest of Stanthorpe.
The victim claims that when she woke up she was cable tied to a bed.
She said she was fed more chocolate laced with Stilnox; when she next awoke at 0100 hours on August 14, she had been abandoned.
The distraught woman called her sister in Germany before managing to make her way to a property at Spring Creek where she was found at 0700 hours the same day.
Details of the alleged kidnapping, forced drugging of the victim, rape and deprivation of liberty came to light when the defendant was refused bail in the Brisbane Magistrate's Court on Tuesday (October 7).
COMMENT: Defense attorney Nathan Hounsell said his client should be granted bail because the evidence was circumstantial and he’d never failed to front court before.
Yet, Magistrate Linda Bradford-Morgan said that after reviewing a police affidavit objecting to the man’s bail, she was satisfied there was compelling evidence against the assailant.
The case was adjourned until November 24. This report will be updated as new information emerges in the case.
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