A VICTORIAN man has been held by police over the stabbing murder of a French tourist at an Outback rest stop. The accused attacker, aged 35, is under guard in Alice Springs Hospital, having been found naked in the Outback after a police helicopter search.A French couple, who only recently arrived in Australia, had stopped at Connor Well, 100km north of Alice Springs, when it is alleged the Victorian launched a frenzied attack. The Herald Sun understands the victim’s wife tried to fight off the attacker, bashing him over the head with a picnic table. The man fled in a silver Hyundai with Victorian plates — leaving the distraught woman to watch her husband die on the side of the road, police said. A nurse from Ti Tree Health Clinic, 100km north of Connor Well, was driving past with her husband and stopped in a desperate bid to save the man’s life. She performed CPR on him as her husband drove to Aileron Roadhouse to call triple 0. Police then launched a manhunt after spotting the suspect’s car near the small town of Ti Tree. The victim’s wife, 30, was also in Alice Springs Hospital on Thursday night. Detective Superintendent Travis Wurst said: “She is particularly traumatised.” The Victorian man was yet to be charged by police on Thursday night. Det Supt Wurst said: “The victim’s wife is currently in Alice Springs Hospital receiving treatment and police will continue to support her. As far as we are aware, she was not injured.” Police captured the man after setting up road blocks north and south of Ti Tree. He fled his car near there and headed into bush, where the helicopter spotted him.
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