THREE men are expected to arrive back home in Australia today, Sunday January 31, after pleading guilty to gang raping a 17-year-old backpacker in a bar in Croatia but securing their freedom with a $30,000 deal with her family.

The three friends had been trapped in Croatia since July last year when police seized their Australian passports and charged them with assaulting the Norwegian backpacker by the toilets in a nightclub in the Adriatic port city Split.