Australian admits outback rape of British backpacker

Elias Hubbard
October 19, 2018

A man has pleaded guilty to the rape and kidnapping of a British backpacker after holding her captive for months while travelling across the Queensland outback in 2017.

Martin, of Cairns, Queensland, appeared via videolink at Cairns district court on Friday where he pleaded guilty to three counts of rape and one count of deprivation of liberty.

The woman, from Liverpool, was rescued by police in Queensland a year ago after they stopped a 4x4 she was driving.

The horrifying outback ordeal when the two were travelling together in Queensland's outback previous year.

Police said the victim's injuries included facial fractures, bruising, abrasions to her neck and cuts to her body, as well as psychological harm.

Her disappearance made worldwide headlines, before in culminated in the regional town of Mitchell.

The attendant said she had tears streaming down her face and was unable to pay for the fuel.

She drove off without paying, the attendant immediately calling police.

He had previously admitted assault.

Officers pulled their 4WD over on the Warrego Highway and found the man hiding in the back of the vehicle.

Prosecutors discontinued 10 other charges including eight counts of rape, one of serious cruelty to animals, and torture, given Martin's guilty plea.

Martin's sentencing date will be set during his next court appearance, in February 2019.

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