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Man who abducted and raped schoolgirl pleads guilty before trial



A NSW man admitted abducting an 11-year-old girl as she walked to school and repeatedly raping her at three separate locations over a five-hour ordeal.

Brett David Hill, 49, grabbed the terrified girl as she walked to school in Adamstown Heights, in Newcastle, and sexually assaulted her in June 2018.

Hill had been due to stand trial in Newcastle District Court yesterday after initially denying a number of girl's claims about what he did to her during the attack.

He previously pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated kidnapping, four counts of aggravated sexual assault and one count of possessing child abuse, but denied a number of other charges.

Crown prosecutor Lee Carr SC told the court Wednesday the trial failed after Hill had pleaded guilty to three counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child under 16.

Mr Carr said three other counts of aggravated indecent assault and one count of aggravated sexual assault would be withdrawn as a result of Hill's guilty plea to a total of nine charges.

Judge Roy Ellis remanded the bearded Hill, dressed in prison greens, to appear in court again on December 17 for a sentencing hearing.

The victim's parents remained in court after the case was adjourned and stared at Hill as he was led away from the dock.

The paedophile refused to look at them.

The victim's father called out "enjoy prison mate" as Hill was escorted out of court.

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Hill was armed with a pair of scissors when he abducted the girl as she walked through Hudson Park at about 9.15am on June 12, 2018.

He spent the next five hours sexually and indecently assaulting her before releasing the girl at Kotara railway station about 2.15pm. Hill was arrested four days later.

The charges of aggravated kidnapping and aggravated sexual assault each carry a maximum penalty of 20 years in jail.

If you or someone you know is affected by sexual assault, please call 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732). Always call triple-0 in an emergency.


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