Australian charged with sex attack on 2 backpackers on beach

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Posted: Feb 10, 2016 6:10 PM

ADELAIDE, Australia (AP) — Police say two female backpackers from Europe have been savagely attacked on a remote Australian beach by a traveling companion they had met hours earlier.

A 59-year-old Australian man was charged Wednesday with a string of offenses including attempted murder and unlawful sexual intercourse following the attack that left both women, aged in their 20s, in hospital.

The court suppressed the man's name and police have not revealed the women's nationalities to protect their identities.

Police Superintendent James Blandford said the women had met their alleged attacker on Tuesday and had driven with him to the Coorong National Park where they set up camp for the night. He attacked that evening before one of the women fled and raised the alarm.