Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Man Tells of PNG Kidnap Trauma Lismore Man in Terrifying PNG Kidnap, Rape Drama; Lismore Resident in Groupheld at Gunpoint by Bandits

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Man Tells of PNG Kidnap Trauma Lismore Man in Terrifying PNG Kidnap, Rape Drama; Lismore Resident in Groupheld at Gunpoint by Bandits

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Byline: Alex Easton Chief Reporter

A LISMORE man was one of four Australians tied up at gunpoint before bandits raped one of their group during a shocking carjacking in Papua New Guinea's Madang province.

The three young men from AusAID's Youth Ambassador program, and a woman who was in the country on a surfing holiday, were stopped by a group of five bandits as they slowed for a pothole on the North Coast Road, in the north-west of the country, on Saturday.

The group was bound and robbed and the woman, a friend of one of the men, raped by the bandits.

The Lismore man, who asked not be named, yesterday confirmed he had been one of the people in the group. He said each of the four people, who had all since returned home, were physically well, although obviously traumatised by the attack.

The man said he was not yet able to talk about his experience, but pointed The Star to a WA Today interview with the mother of another of the victims describing the attack.

According to that report, the attackers drove the Australians deep into the jungle and then took them on foot into some scrub before forcing them at gunpoint to lie down.

The bandits tied up the group with bits of rope from their clothes. The woman was tied to a tree and raped with her three friendslying helpless.

After the rape, four of the bandits left, with one remaining to watch the group for about another hour. Once that bandit left one of the men chewed through the ropes binding the woman, who then untied the other three.

The group headed deeper into the jungle in an effort to avoid the bandits before eventually reaching a village and calling police.

A spokesman for the Dep-artment of Foreign Affairs and Trade described the att-ack as a[approximately]appalling'.

The Australian High Commission provided consular assistance to the group until they left Papua New Guinea. …

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