UK tourist in Australia ‘rape ordeal’ released from hospital


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    Police found the suspect in the back of a 4×4 vehicle

    A UK backpacker who was allegedly held captive and repeatedly raped in Australia is being comforted by family members, police have said.

    The 22-year-old woman, from Liverpool, has been released from hospital, Queensland Police confirmed.

    Her Australian ex-boyfriend, 22, is facing 23 charges over the alleged ordeal that ended on Sunday.

    Police on Wednesday said the attacks took place over a one-month period, not two months as alleged earlier.

    They say the assaults happened between 3 February and 5 March on a road trip stretching from Cairns, in Far North Queensland, across the state’s outback.

    It ended when officers stopped the pair’s 4×4 more than 1,000km (620 miles) south at Mitchell, after a service station reported they failed to pay for petrol.

    In a brief statement on Wednesday, police said the woman had been released from hospital into the care of friends and family.

    They also said the pair met at a Cairns party on 27 January, clarifying wrong information that it was three months ago.

    Detective Inspector Paul Hart on Tuesday said the woman had gone through a “horrific and terrifying” experience, and that officers “potentially saved this young girl’s life”.

    He said she had suffered facial fractures, bruising, abrasions to her neck and cuts to her body, as well as…

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