Depraved beach attacker jailed

World | 18 May 2017

A man who attacked two backpackers on a remote Australian beach was sentenced to 22 years in prison yesterday.

Roman Heinze, 61, was previously found guilty of indecent assault, aggravated kidnapping and endangering life in the 2016 assault of two women in South Australia.

He sexually assaulted one of the women, a Brazilian, before beating her German friend on the head with a hammer and repeatedly ramming her with his four-wheel drive as she tried to flee for help. South Australia Supreme Court Justice Trish Kelly dubbed Heinze "utterly depraved."

The sentence covered two earlier attacks on women.

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