Trigger warning: this post contains graphic details of domestic violence and physical assault.
One November night in 2012, Seventeen-year-old Nikitah Beadman went to a party intent on building bridges with the man she’d recently left. Instead, she found herself bound, gagged, raped, tortured and left for dead in the back of a shipping container on his remote property.
Were it not for the two police officers who found and freed her, she may not have survived. Now four years on, those men have recounted the moment they discovered what Robert Galleghan did to her that night in Tallai, south-east Queensland.
Speaking to A Current Affair, who obtained the distressing footage of the rescue, Sergeant Peter Venz and Sergeant Danny Rehe described the scene as “the most horrific” sight they’d ever laid eyes on.
“My heart actually sank,” said Sergeant Rehe. “It was evil and depraved what I saw.”
“She had a blue yoga mat strapped around her head with wire and she was wired all the way down the shopping trolley. The wire was so tight it was just cutting into her skin,” he continued.
“We were getting no movement out of her, we were getting no response out of her. Her dress was up, her private parts were exposed.”
After restraining her to the trolley, Galleghan had gagged Beadman with her own underwear and raped her with wire; and act Beadman believes was an attempt to prevent her from ever having children.
Robert Galleghan. Image: Channel 9.
The officers had been called to the property by other partygoers who witnessed Galleghan throw Beadman against a wall and slam her head into a coffee table. The witnesses attempted to stop him, but Galleghan threatened them with a knife.