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1. ‘Wolf Creek’ rapist in court: “Do this or I kill you.”
A German backpacker who had recently arrived in the country was fed chocolate laced with sedatives, cable-tied and raped in a Queensland shearing shed.
Peter Van de Wetering, 48, faced a sentence hearing in Brisbane’s District Court yesterday after pleading guilty to multiple offences, including kidnapping and rape.
Fairfax Media reports that the court heard the man picked up the backpacker at a bus stop south of Warwick in August 2013 after she answered an advertisement for a nanny and farmhand position.
Van de Wetering turned up in a hired car wearing a disguise involving a beard, wig and moustache.
He fed the 19-year-old chocolate and had her hands cable-tied Crown prosecutor David Meredith said.
She was taken to a shearing shed where he also bound her legs and raped her, it was heard.
Mr Meredith said during the attack the man wrapped his hands around the girl’s throat.
“He told her…`You will do this or I will kill you’,” Mr Meredith said.
The girl lost consciousness and woke up in the early hours of the next morning on a road near Stanthorpe.
Van de Wetering has spent more than 590 days in pre-sentence custody his sentencing was adjourned until this afternoon.
2. Baby abandoned on doorstep of home.
The student residents of a share house in Herston in inner Brisbane were shocked to find a baby on their verandah on Sunday afternoon and tried to comfort the three-month-old with cartoons.. before finding she wasn’t really interested.
Officers were called to the Herston Road address just after noon on Sunday after the infant was found.
Long Nguyen, the student who found the baby, was on his way to university when he came across the three-month-old on his front verandah reports Seven News.
“I was quite shocked, “he said.
I really didn’t know what was going on, and it took me a few minutes to calm myself.”
He said, “She woke up and started crying and I tried to calm her down, I turned on the TV and let her watch some cartoons, but well, that didn’t really help.”
The baby, a three-month-old girl, was unharmed and was taken to hospital, later police located a 41-year-old woman – believed to be the child’s mother – with a two-year-old toddler at Brisbane Airport.
The woman and her two children were reported missing by her husband early on Sunday morning, according to 7 News
Police later found the mother at the international airport but it is unclear whether she was intending to travel.