Posted: 1 December, 2016
French Tourist Dead After Unprovoked Stabbing In NT Outback
A French tourist has witnessed her husband being stabbed to death in an unprovoked attack in the Northern Territory outback.
Police have arrested a 35-year-old man after the 33-year-old tourist was killed in Aileron, about 135km north of Alice Springs, on Wednesday afternoon.
NT Detective Superintendent Travis Wurst said the partner of the victim is currently at Alice Springs Hospital, where she is being treated for shock.
"She's particularly traumatised by the event," he said.
"This is an absolutely devastating occurrence for her and for her family... we'll bring this offender to justice."
The couple, that had only recently arrived in the country, were at a rest stop 30km south of the Aileron Roadhouse on the Stuart Highway when they were approached by an unknown man.
"The man has allegedly then stabbed the male tourist to the neck, in an unprovoked attack," Detective Superintendent Wurst said.
"The male passed away at the scene."
The attacker then allegedly escaped in a silver Hyundai hatchback with Victorian licence plates.
But his car was soon stopped by police near Ti Tree, about 200km north of Alice Springs.
The man then fled on foot into bushland and an overnight manhunt ensued until a police helicopter located him and he was arrested about 8.30am on Thursday.
A crime scene will remain in place for the remainder of Thursday as police speak to a number of witnesses to establish the exact circumstances surrounding the death.
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