#AceNewsReport – Apr.20: The pair exchanged numbers and developed a brief relationship: When it soured, Martin subjected the then 21-year-old to weeks of physical abuse and forced her to drive him down the Queensland coast and towards Charleville in outback Queensland:
British backpacker Elisha Greer kidnapped and raped in Queensland bush vows to return to Australia: Elisha Greer met Marcus Martin at a party in Cairns in January 2017, telling Seven’s Sunday Night, “he just seemed like a nice guy”.
The bruised and battered Liverpool woman was rescued by police on an outback highway near Mitchell, about 600km west of Brisbane, after driving off from a petrol station without paying for fuel.Elisha Greer shared her story for the first time on Sunday Night. Credit: 7NEWS
Caltex Mitchell manager Beverley Page told reporters at the time it was clear the woman, crying and shaking, was in a bad way when she explained she couldn’t pay for fuel because her ex-boyfriend had her wallet.
Officers pulled their 4WD over on the Warrego Highway and found the man hiding in the back of the vehicle.
“I saw blue flashing lights and my heart sank, but in a way of relief. It was like, ‘Oh yes, I’m getting caught’,” Greer told Sunday Night.Marcus Martin. Credit: 7NEWS
“I had various amounts of bite marks all up and down my arms, I had bite marks on my face, he had stabbed me in the neck with the key, I had two black eyes, handprints all over my body from bruises. So many bruises.”
Martin was sentenced to 10 years in the Cairns District Court in 2019, having previously pleaded guilty to three counts of rape and one count of deprivation of liberty.
‘I’m not afraid of him’
Four years later, Greer has told The Mirror that she won’t let her life “be defined by what he’s done”.
“I really think there’s a better lifestyle waiting for me in Australia and my parents have been really supportive of my dreams,” she said.
“He’ll be free one day but I’m not afraid of him. I won’t let him rule my life.
“The worst has already happened. What else can he do?”Elisha Greer and Melissa Doyle revisited key locations as part of the Sunday Night investigation. Credit: 7NEWS
The Liverpool hairdresser said that by speaking, she hoped she could “be an inspiration for other women”.
“Just because someone has hurt you, you can’t dwell on it for the rest of your life,” she told the outlet.
“I can cry whenever I want but it doesn’t have to affect me all the time and that’s what I’d like people to take away from this.”
#AceNewsDesk report ………..Published: Apr.20: 2021:
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