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Not-guilty pleas in Coorong attack case

AAP logoAAP 2/09/2016 Tim Dornin

A 60-year-old man will go to trial over an alleged sex attack on two backpackers at a remote beach southeast of Adelaide.

The man, whose identity is concealed by suppression orders, pleaded not guilty in the Adelaide Magistrates Court on Friday to seven offences including attempted murder and indecent assault.

The charges, which include allegations he used a hammer, relate to an attack on two women at Salt Creek, in the Coorong National Park, in February.

The man appeared by video link and was remanded in custody to appear in the Supreme Court on September 26.

He is also charged with detaining a person, causing harm with intent, assault and endangering life, including an allegation he drove at or over one of the backpackers in his car.

In a previous appearance the court was told extensive material had been recovered from a mobile phone and two laptop computers seized from a man.

Prosecutor Sarah Attar described the material extracted as "voluminous" and indicated it would be handed over to defence counsel.

At that stage the only outstanding material was a medical report from a doctor at the Flinders Medical Centre.

With the man's committal for trial, statutory suppression orders on his identity lapsed.

But Ms Attar successfully applied for his identity to remain concealed in the "interests of the proper administration of justice".

Magistrate Brett Dixon suppressed the man's name and image and anything else that might identify him.

But he lifted a suppression order on the details of the car the man was driving at the time of the alleged attack, a four-wheel-drive vehicle.

It was previously revealed the man met his alleged victims over the internet after the two women used a popular website to seek a ride from Adelaide to Melbourne.

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