The presumed murder of English backpacker Peter Falconio and the abduction of his girlfriend Joanne Lees in the outback last year remains unsolved, although police investigating the crime are keen to question a man now in custody charged with unrelated crimes.
- Sapa-AFP News ()- A BALLARAT man who raped a 16-year-old girl after she repeatedly asked him to stop might have to wait until next year to be sentenced.
The Wightons lived next door to Da-Pra's parents at Wetherill Park, south west Sydney.
Da-Pra told psychiatrists a bikie group wanted to kill him and his father and that if he killed his father, he could save his mother.
Pleaded guilty in early February 2006 in the Melbourne Magistrates Court to 3 charges of sexual penetration of a child in her care.
Sentenced in July 2006 to 18 months jail/ 14 months of sentence suspended for 2yrs.
"As he was running back to the car the girls jumped out of the boot," said the attendant, who asked not to be identified. They were screaming and pointing and crying." The man fled in the car which was later found by police.
The service station attendant said the man filled up a container with petrol and was walking back to the car when the women escaped from the boot.
Police feared the rapist planned to kill the women, aged 22 and 26, who escaped from the car boot after the vehicle ran out of petrol.
"What concerns us the most is the fact that after he had raped both the girls he locked them in the boot of the car and if it wasn't for the fact they escaped of their own volition we have grave concerns about what was going to happen next," said acting Detective Inspector Ian Thompson.
The eight to 15-year-old victims were abused by Daines in several small western Queensland towns.
Abused Child Trust spokeswoman Jane Anderson says it is extremely sad that a police officer betrayed his profession in such a manner.