Saturday 24 June 2017

‘Get me out of here! He's going to kill us all’ – European backpackers escape attempted rape and murder on paradise Australian beach by hammer-wielding man

Police arrested the man at a nearby campsite Photo: 7 News
Police arrested the man at a nearby campsite Photo: 7 News
Fisherman Abdul-Karim Mohammed Photo: 7 News
The camp at Three Point Beach where the two women were staying
The fishermen's blood stained car
Independent Newsdesk

Independent Newsdesk

Two European backpackers escaped an attempted rape and murder on a remote Australian beach after a man attacked them with a hammer and drove over them.

The women, both in their 20s and reported by local media to be European, were attacked at Tea Tree Point, an isolated beach in South Australia on Tuesday afternoon .

Their attacker was a 59-year-old Australian man who hit one of the women over the head with a hammer during the ordeal, while the other woman was hit with a car.

One of the women was tied up by their attacker.

The camp at Three Point Beach where the two women were staying
The camp at Three Point Beach where the two women were staying

However, one of the backpackers managed to escape and ran to a group of fishermen who were working on the shore nearby.

The fishermen said they realised something was wrong when they say the naked woman screaming.

The fishermen's blood stained car
The fishermen's blood stained car

The woman jumped into the back of their car and started screaming.

"Get me out of here, get me out of here! He's going to kill us all", a fishermen, Abdul-Karim Mohammed, told 7News.

"We were shocked when we seen her and then we go, 'There's something really bad going on here,' " said Mr Abdul-Karim in a news interview.

“She was scratched badly on her legs. It looked liked she’d been pulled around, dragged around and that."

The traumatised woman also told the fishermen how her friend, also a young European backpacker, was still in the sand with a man who had allegedly abducted, raped and attempted to kill them.

Rescuers soon found the second backpacker, who was seriously injured and barely conscious in the sand dunes. The women were taken to hospital.

Detectives were alerted by the fisherman and arrested a 59-year-old man from Adelaide. He was charged with attempted murder, unlawful sexual intercourse without consent and kidnapping.

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