• The Bibbulmun Track logo.
    The Bibbulmun Track logo.

A Perth man has been jailed for more than eight years for attacking two Finnish tourists who were hiking WA's famous Bibbulmun Track.

Matt Whittaker (36) attacked the 33-year-old hikers in July 2018 at Paulls Valley, east of Perth, at the start of the 1,000km walk.

Whittaker pleaded guilty in February to two charges of doing an act likely to endanger the safety or lives of others.

Finnish couple, Queralt Tobarra and Tuomas Tani, were walking along the track when Whittaker ran them down with his ute at a speed of between 60-70kmph.

Whittaker then got out of his vehicle, took a shovel from his ute and said, "I'm going to f***ing kill you".

He then turned to Mr Tani, climbed on top of him, hit him with the shovel and choked him until he struggled to breathe.

The couple eventually managed to overpower Whittaker after Ms Tobarra hit him over the head with the shovel.

A passer-by stopped to help and the three of them held Whittaker down until police arrived.

"You caused serious injury to two innocent people," Judge Belinda Londsdale said in her sentencing remarks.

"You have no remorse for your conduct, and continue to blame your victims,"

Whittaker is also facing charges of possessing methylamphetamine, an unlicensed firearm and ammunition.

The Bibbulmun Track is one of the world’s great long distance walk trails, stretching 1000km from Kalamunda in the Perth Hills, to Albany on the south coast, winding through the heart of the scenic South West of Western Australia.

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