Drug spike rape claim

By SAMANTHA TURNBULL

POLICE are investigating a 21-year-old Danish backpacker's claim she was raped after her drink was spiked in Byron Bay.

The alleged assault occurred last Sunday morning after the woman had been out drinking at a nightclub with friends.

Tweed/Byron duty officer, Inspector Owen King, said no charges could be laid until police received results from medical tests to prove if she had been drugged.

He warned all women to be careful with their drinks at pubs and clubs, particularly with the influx of visitors this weekend for schoolies week.

"We're issuing a warning to all females to be vigilant when consuming alcohol," he said.

"Especially at this time of year with schoolies and the upcoming Christmas holidays."

He said the last thing the backpacker could remember was being at the nightclub.

Insp King said she was admitted to the Byron Bay Hospital later that morning in a dazed and confused state.

The woman was not injured but believed she had been sexually assaulted.

She told police she had left her drink unattended at the nightclub on several occasions.

The woman has now left the country but will be back before Christmas to pursue the matter.



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