It’s one of the most gruesome crimes in Australian history, and one that’s disturbingly similar to the events of horror film Wolf Creek, and now the man behind it all has been named.
61-year-old chef Roman Heinze has been revealed as the Salt Creek attacker, after the South Australian Supreme Court lifted their suppression orders on the case.
Heinze violently attacked two female backpackers in Salt Creek in 2016 and was found guilty of aggravated kidnapping and assault, endangering life, causing harm with intent and several assault charges in March 2017.
Heinze met the women through Gumtree, where one had advertised for a lift to Melbourne, and assaulted them in the sand dunes at Coorong National park in SA.
One of the women was found naked and screaming on a beach in the area, while the other was found dripping in blood, smh.com.au reports.
The Salt Creek case is just one of a number of assaults Heinze has been charged with, with prosecutor Jim Pearce telling the court that the severity of Heinze’s offences had escalated over time, the ABC reports.
Pearce stressed that community protection must be considered when determining Heinze’s sentence, which will occur next week.
Heinze is twice-divorced and has children, who have visited him in prison.