Elisha Greer came to Australia for the trip of a lifetime.
Elisha Greer came to Australia for the trip of a lifetime.

True story behind backpacker’s horror trip to Aussie outback

It was supposed to be the trip of a lifetime to a country she'd always wanted to visit.

But instead, Elisha Greer's backpacking adventure through the Australian outback turned in to a nightmare at the hands of 23-year-old Marcus Martin.

Ms Greer, from Liverpool in England, was on a road-trip through Queensland when she met Mr Martin at an Australia Day celebration in Cairns.

Heavily tattooed Mr Marcus and Ms Greer hit it off at the party, and decided to start a road-trip together.

But the fun soon turned in to a horror story for the 21-year-old tourist, when she quickly became held against her will while travelling with the "utterly crazy" man.

Backpacker Elisha Greer was held against her will after meeting Martin Marcus at a party in Cairns.
Backpacker Elisha Greer was held against her will after meeting Martin Marcus at a party in Cairns.

Ms Greer, who will appear on Channel 7's Sunday Night program, was lured in and held captive by Mr Martin for a terrifying two months while the pair travelled more than 1600km through the outback.

At first, however, Ms Greer said Mr Marcus "seemed fun" and "didn't seem like a psycho". But that quickly changed.

Mr Martin raped Ms Greer in what police say was a "horrific and terrifying" experience for the young backpacker. He also damaged her passport to dissuade her from escaping his car.

Marcus Martin will be sentenced later this month with the kidnap and rape of Elisha Greer. Picture: supplied.
Marcus Martin will be sentenced later this month with the kidnap and rape of Elisha Greer. Picture: supplied.

"He was crazy," Ms Greer said during a preview for her interview with Melissa Doyle.

"Completely and utterly crazy."

Ms Greer's disappearance made international headlines, but it was her fight for survival that shocked the world.

The woman had been driving a white Mitsubishi Pajero in Mitchell, south central Queensland, when she stopped at a petrol station to fill up the car.

But instead of paying, a petrol station assistant noticed something was wrong with Ms Greer, and called police.

Elisha Greer came to Australia for the trip of a lifetime.
Elisha Greer came to Australia for the trip of a lifetime.

The assistant claimed Ms Greer had been "in a state of shock" and "zombie-like" as she came in to the petrol station, and eventually drove off without paying for the tank of fuel.

In an interview with the ABC, the service station owner Beverly Page said Ms Greer had been crying and was distressed when she pulled in to refuel.

"To see a young girl that upset, and with black eyes. She had said she had come from England. To know that she was over here and she didn't have anyone to contact," Ms Page said.

Elisha Greer was held captive for two months by a man she met in Cairns.
Elisha Greer was held captive for two months by a man she met in Cairns.

While driving away, Ms Greer was pulled over by police officers at a traffic stop with her captor hiding in the back of the vehicle.

"I was forced to drive the car with a gun to my head," she explained of the two month road-trip, believing Mr Martin would eventually kill her.

When police approached the vehicle, they reportedly found Ms Greer in the driver's seat, stating she appeared "terrified" behind the wheel.

Mr Martin, who pleaded guilty to three counts of rape and one count of deprivation of liberty at the Cairns District Court in north Queensland in October 2018, will be sentenced on May 28.

Marcus Martin kidnapped a British backpacker in Queensland and held it against her will.
Marcus Martin kidnapped a British backpacker in Queensland and held it against her will.

He had previously pleaded guilty to other charges, including assault occasioning bodily harm, wilful damage, and strangulation or choking.

Prosecutors dropped 10 other charges - eight of rape, one of serious cruelty to animals, and one of torture.

Martin earlier pleaded guilty to supplying dangerous drugs, wilful damage, assault occasioning bodily harm and choking or strangulation.

Ms Greer said she doesn't want to be known as a victim after what happened to her, but rather a survivor of abuse and an inspiration to others.

Elisha Greer wants to be known as a survivor and not a victim.
Elisha Greer wants to be known as a survivor and not a victim.

"I don't want people thinking I am a victim when I'm not," she told news.com.au.

"I just want people to know it's okay...that being a victim isn't the end of everything and that everyone can get through something.

"I want people to know that it's not the end for them."

Elisha Greer's full story will appear on Channel 7's Sunday Night at 8.30pm AEST.

 

Marcus Martin is accused of the kidnap and rape of British backpacker, Elisha Greer.
Marcus Martin is accused of the kidnap and rape of British backpacker, Elisha Greer.
Elisha Greer will appear on Channel 7's Sunday Night.
Elisha Greer will appear on Channel 7's Sunday Night.

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