A teenager has been charged with raping one woman and beating another in separate late-night attacks in far north Queensland.
The 18-year-old man was charged with four counts of rape and a string of related offences after he was found hiding in mud following the alleged attacks early Friday morning in Cairns.
Police alleged the Cairns man grabbed a 21-year-old Korean woman, dragged her into bushes and sexually assaulted her about 1am Friday on Aplin Street in the city’s CBD.
Just an hour later on the same street, he allegedly pushed a 28-year-old Japanese woman off her bike before punching her about the head and face.
A man walking nearby heard the woman’s screams and ran to her aid, prompting the 18-year-old to flee, police said.
After combing the streets, police said they eventually found the alleged attacker hiding in mud near the popular boardwalk on the Esplanade.
The women were taken to hospital but their injuries weren’t life threatening.
The 18-year-old is due in Cairns Magistrate Court on Monday morning, facing five counts of common assault, four counts of rape and one count each of attempted rape, deprivation of liberty, torture, sexual assault, assault with intent to commit rape, and robbery using personal violence.