A man who subjected two backpackers to a violent attack on a remote Australian beach has been sentenced to 22 years in prison.
Roman Heinze was previously found guilty on six charges including indecent assault, aggravated kidnapping and endangering life in the 2016 assault of two young women in South Australia. During the attack, he sexually assaulted one of the women before beating her friend in the head with a hammer and repeatedly ramming her with his four-wheel drive as she tried to flee.
South Australia Supreme Court Justice Trish Kelly dubbed Heinze "utterly depraved" on Wednesday as she handed him a 22 -year prison sentence for the attack on the women from Brazil and Germany, and for several other earlier offenses. He will be eligible for parole in 17 years.