Man to stand trial over allegedly drugging and raping teen

A BRISBANE man accused of drugging and raping a German backpacker near Stanthorpe has been committed to stand trial.

Peter Jonathan Van de Wetering, 47, allegedly lured the young tourist to the region after she responded to an online advertisement for a nanny vacancy.

The woman, 18, caught a bus to Stanthorpe on August 13 last year where she met Van de Wetering.

The Brisbane Magistrates Court heard on Thursday Van de Wetering offered her some chocolate that allegedly had been laced with the sedative Zolpidem.

It is alleged Van de Wetering then took her to a farm house where she was restrained with cable ties and raped before being dumped in bushland.

The woman awoke the next day at Spring Creek, about 20km from Stanthorpe, with no clue of her whereabouts and raised the alarm.

Van de Wetering was arrested last November following a lengthy police investigation which spanned several continents.

He was charged with more than 15 offences including rape, deprivation of liberty, kidnapping and assault with intent to rape.

Van de Wetering will face trial in the Brisbane District Court at a future date.

Topics:  backpacker court crime editors picks rape stanthorpe

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