The man convicted over a brutal assault on two young backpackers at Salt Creek has been sentenced to 22 years and four months in jail.
Roman Heinze was found guilty in South Australia’s Supreme Court of six offences over the attack in February last year, including aggravated kidnapping, causing harm with intent to cause harm, assault, endangering life and indecent assault.
Heinze also convicted of indecently assaulting another young woman about two years before the Salt Creek attack.
The identity of the 61-year-old from Morphett Vale in Adelaide’s south was only revealed recently due to court suppression orders.
The Supreme Court set a non-parole-period of 17 years.
Justice Trish Kelly said Heinze had “anger management issues”.
“Even though you have presented as a docile and at times rather pathetic character sitting in the dock over these past months, it’s obvious you are a man with a very strong anger management issue,” Justice Kelly said.
“Equally obvious that you have violent and obsessive sexual preoccupations for which you have amply demonstrated you’re capable of acting out.”
She said the type of crime committed against the backpackers in February 2016 “go a long way to destroy the community’s sense of security and safety”.
She continued: “In committing these crimes you have undermined yet again the reputation of this country as a safe, friendly and attractive destination for young backpackers from all over the world.
“You have undermined the whole community, the ability to freely enjoy the beautiful wilderness areas in our country.”
Backpackers met Heinze via Gumtree ad
During the trial, the jury heard a Brazilian backpacker was found naked and screaming for help on a remote stretch of beach in the Coorong region and her friend, a German woman was found covered head–to-toe in blood.
The women, both aged 24, told the court how they thought they were going to die during the attack.
The pair only met each other in the days prior through a mutual friend, and decided to travel together as they both wanted to see the sights along the Great Ocean Road to Melbourne.
Heinze met the backpackers after responding to an advertisement the Brazilian woman put on the website Gumtree looking for a ride.
The court heard they set up camp on a remote stretch of beach at Salt Creek, and in the afternoon the German woman went to sleep in the back of Heinze’s car.
Giving evidence, the Brazilian woman said the man suggested they go and look for kangaroos in the sand dunes, and when she asked to go back to the camp he grabbed her from behind and pulled her to the ground.
She said he pulled a knife from the back of his pants and threw it into the ground beside her before binding her wrists and ankles with rope, cutting her bikini off with a knife, punching her in the head and sexually assaulting her.
The German woman told the court she woke to the sound of her friend screaming, and when she yelled at the man to stop he ran after her and attacked her with a hammer.
As she tried to run away, the court heard he mowed her down in his four-wheel drive, using the bull bar as a battering ram.
Salt Creek crime was committed in a remote section of the South Australian coast. (ABC News: Dean Faulkner)