Backpacker 'abducted, drugged and raped'
A TEENAGE German tourist was drugged, bound, raped and then dumped in Southern Downs bushland after replying to an online advertisement seeking a nanny, police claim.
Officers yesterday charged a 47-year-old Brisbane man with 12 offences including rape, deprivation of liberty and stupefying to commit an indictable offence.
The charges stemmed from an attack on August 13 last year on the then 18-year-old woman near Stanthorpe.
Darling Downs police district officer Detective Acting Inspector Paul Hart said the offender met the woman on the pretext her would employ her as a nanny.
"The alleged offender then provided her chocolate laced with a sedative," Det. Act. Insp. Hart said.
"(He) . . . then bound the girl and held her against her will.
"She was sexually assaulted and driven around the Stanthorpe area . . . by the alleged offender until she was left in a remote rural location while still under the influence of the sedative."
He said the girl awoke the next day in bushland at Spring Ck, about 20km from Stanthorpe, with no idea where she was.
"She was eventually able to raise the alarm and police started what has proved to be a lengthy and painstaking investigation."
That investigation has focused on forensic and technical evidence, as well as multiple inquiries with interstate and oversees witnesses.
"The arrest of the alleged offender is the culmination of meticulous policing and will hopefully result in a positive outcome for the young victim."
The woman has since returned to Germany.
An Annerley man appeared in Brisbane Magistrates Court today.
He was remanded in custody for his matters to next be mentioned on November 24