Matt Nett

Man jailed for Wolf Creek style backpacker attack

A MAN who drugged and raped a German backpacker in shearers' quarters near Stanthorpe has been sentenced to nine years in jail.

Peter John Van de Wetering, 48, was sentenced to jail this afternoon at Brisbane District Court.

The court was told about the months of planning he conducted before carrying out the attack, including buying a wig, fake beard and fake moustache.

He advertised a job for a nanny to lure the woman to Cottonvale, where he met her when she hopped off a bus.

Van de Wetering pleaded guilty to kidnapping, rape, attempted rape, deprivation of liberty, sexual assault, common assault, stealing, administering a stupefying drug and attempting to stupefy.

"This was offending carefully planned and prepared over a lengthy period," Judge Terry Martin said when sentencing him.

"This offending involves an entirely ruthless pursuit of a young and innocent woman for your sexual gratification.

"You subjected her to a terrifying and degrading ordeal in an isolated location and you have caused her very significant ongoing psychological damage."

Judge Martin said in her victim impact statement, the woman said she continues to be afraid of the dark, is constantly scared and that the smallest noise causes her pulse to race.

Van de Wetering was sentenced to nine years in jail and declared a serious violent offender. 


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