Published: Fri, October 19, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Australian man admits rape, kidnapping of British backpacker

Australian man admits rape, kidnapping of British backpacker

A man has pleaded guilty to repeatedly raping a British backpacker during a weeks-long kidnapping ordeal in Australia.

Marcus Allyn Keith Martin, 23, appeared before the Cairns District Court via video link on Friday, pleading guilty to raping and kidnapping a 22-year-old female tourist.

The woman, from Liverpool, was rescued by police in Queensland previous year after they stopped a 4x4 she was driving.

The disappearance of the woman, from Liverpool, after meeting her captor on Australia Day in 2017 made worldwide headlines.

During the woman's two-month ordeal, they drove for about 932 miles through the outback.

Caltex Mitchell manager Beverley Page told reporters at the time it was clear the woman, crying and shaking, was in a bad way when she explained she couldn't pay for fuel because her ex-boyfriend had her wallet. She had said she had come from England.

She drove off without paying, the attendant immediately calling police.

When police caught up with the four-wheel-drive the pair had been travelling in Martin was found hiding in an alcove in the rear of the vehicle.

Prosecutors discontinued ten of the charges following Martin's guilty plea on Friday.

Mr Martin, from Cairns, will face his next court hearing in February, when a sentence date will be set.

Martin had previously admitted supplying unsafe drugs, willful damage, assault occasioning bodily harm and choking or strangulation.

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