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The man accused of allegedly abducting and raping an 11-year-old girl has been named.

A suppression order on Brett Hill’s identity was today lifted by a magistrate despite his lawyer arguing that the move could put him in danger while in jail.

Mr Hill, 47, was arrested over the weekend in Newcastle.

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He has been formally refused bail and remains in jail, with his case adjourned until August 15, reports 9 news.

He’s charged with sexually assaulting the young victim after allegedly abducting her while she was walking through Hudson Park on Terrance Street in Adamstown Heights about 9.15am on Tuesday last week.

Police allege the girl was sexually assaulted before being forced into a red car, driven to bushland and further sexually assaulted over a number of hours.

It is understood that the 47-year-old is unemployed, separated from his wife and has been described as living a “nomadic” life while couch-surfing.

Do you think the mans details should have been made public? Or left private until the case was finalised?

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  • I think it is good to release pictures so we know who’s evil and can have a chance at protecting our selves.

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  • I would have thought they should have waited until after the trial and then named and shamed him. What if it turned out he was innocent (don’t really think so though)

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  • lock him away for the rest of his life. He will only repeat offend otherwise.

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  • Saw this on the news – what he did to this young girl should mean he will never be released from prison.

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  • Definitely name and shame! That poor girl was tortured for hours! You shouldn’t be protected from anyone if you can do that to a child.

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  • I believe that if you do a sickening crime like he did that they should be named and photo released.

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  • Name him and shame him and glad they put his photo so the community will know his face

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  • I also think they should have lifted the ban only after he was convicted because now even if he does get proven innocent (I don’t think he will) he will have his life destroyed

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  • I would say wait until he is convicted, but I’m assuming they have DNA evidence that it was him. I heard that another person has come forward with allegations against him too, so perhaps naming him will help other people come forward.

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  • Personally I think they should wait till finalized. But they probably know for sure he was the one and so I don’t have a problem with that. Funny his lawyer is concerned about his safety, but not about the victim’s safety when he committed his act.

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  • Gross! I’m glad they released his name to shame him! Disgraceful man

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  • It they made his details public, it means that he’s guilty 100%. But the case is not finalized indeed. I despise that man, but maybe they should have waited.

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  • Disgusting, vile pig. I hope he rots in jail.

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  • What a creep. I hope he never gets out of jail for what he did.

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  • Disgusting creature! Some prison justice would be satisfying but unfortunately he will most likely go straight into protective custody.

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