A British tourist whose boyfriend was shot dead in one of Australia’s most notorious murders has relived her horrific ordeal.
Joanne Lees and Peter Falconio were travelling in a Kombi van towards Darwin on a remote highway when they were flagged down by Bradley Murdoch in 2001.
Murdoch shot Mr Falconio, 28, before handcuffing Ms Lees and dragging her into his vehicle.
Ms Lees, who was 27 at the time, fought for her life and managed to escape.
‘It was either run, or be raped and killed,’ she told Channel Nine’s program in an episode due to air on Sunday.
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Peter Falconio (left) was shot dead on a remote highway in central Australia in 2001. His girlfriend Joanne Lees (right) managed to escape the killer
An emotional Ms Lees said: ‘It was either run, or be raped and killed’
Bradley Murdoch (right) shot dead Mr Falconio, 28, before handcuffing his girlfriend and dragging her into his vehicle
Ms Lees heard a gun shot but didn’t know if her partner had been killed.
She said her will to escape was driven by the thought that Mr Falconio may not be dead.
She fought off Murdoch and made her getaway with ‘the thought that Pete was still alive’.
Murdoch was later convicted of murder, but Mr Falconio’s body has never been found.
Murdoch was convicted of murder, but Mr Falconio’s body has never been found
The British couple had been travelling in a Kombi van towards Darwin when they were flagged down
A file photo of the camper van that belonged to murdered English backpacker Mr Falconio, kombi Servisi in the carpark of the Supreme court in Darwin
Ms Lees, originally from the English county of Yorkshire, has returned to the Australian outback and has vowed to find his remains.
‘I love Pete so much and I want to bring him home… I need to bring him home,’ she said.
Flying in a helicopter in the area he was murdered, kombi servisi north of Alice Springs, Ms Lees said: ‘I know that he’s somewhere here.’
Ms Lees said she is attempting to ‘step into the killer’s mind’ to discover what Murdoch did with her partner’s body.
‘It’s a very alien thing for me to do because I’m not a violent person, I’m not a murderer,’ she said.
‘But if that’s what I have to do and that’s how I’m going to find Pete then, that’s what I’m prepared to do.’