A WOMAN has been rushed to hospital with serious injuries after being rescued from a house of horrors on Queensland Sunshine Coast.
The 29-year-old was allegedly tied up inside a house in Maroochydore on Wednesday night and brutalised by a 31-year-old man for 14 hours.
Police allege the man repeatedly raped and tortured the woman, before dousing her in petrol and threatening to set her alight.
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Police said the woman was tied up for a protracted period of time in the home and “assaulted with objects” during the horrifying ordeal.
Speaking to reporters on Friday, Detective Sergeant Chris Eaton said the woman will require several days in hospital to recover from her injuries.
“It would have been absolutely terrifying for the victim,” Det Sgt Eaton said.
“(The woman) is still in hospital. Her injuries are non life-threatening but they are serious injuries.”
Police said the woman knew her attacker and had gone to his home voluntarily about 8pm on Wednesday, but added the pair were not in a relationship.
The woman was only able to escape after managing to make a panicked call to friends on Thursday morning, pleading for help while her captor was distracted.
Her friends rushed to the home, at which time police said the woman was saved and her attacker stabbed.
“One can only speculate what could have possibly happened if she hadn’t been able to reach that telephone,” Det Sgt Eaton said.
A cleaner showed up for work around the same time and called police, who swooped on the home and arrested the 31-year-old man.
He too was taken to hospital for treatment after being stabbed in the stomach.
He is in a stable condition and was expected to face a bedside hearing today, charged with deprivation of liberty, rape, torture, acts intended to cause grievous bodily harm and three counts of assault occasioning bodily harm.
While investigators have spoken with the victim’s friends who rushed to her rescue, no one has been charged over the stabbing.
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