A 13-year-old has bravely confronted her rapist as he was sentenced to 23 years and six months in jail, with a minimum term of 17 years.
The schoolgirl was aged just 11 when she was repeatedly sexually assaulted over five horrific hours, in June 2018, while walking to her school in Newcastle.
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Her attacker, Brett David Hill, was homeless and angry at losing his job when he dragged the screaming girl off the footpath.
A father-of-three himself, Hill listened as she read a powerful victim impact statement that articulated the profound effect his attack had on her.
She says she’ll wear the scars of his attack forever but managed to stare him down in Newcastle District Court on Tuesday.
“I hate who I am today,” the girl told Hill.
She said it was hard to live each day in her body which had been “stolen” by Hill.
‘I hate who I am today.’
The girl said she looked normal but there was a “massive invisible scar written across my face”.
“I am scared somebody is going to take me and do it all over again. My world is not safe. I can never forgive you.”
‘My world is not safe. I can never forgive you.’
Hill told the court he’d taken synthetic cannabis which can make you go “crazy”.
Addressing the girl, he said: “I’m so sorry. I never set out on this day to be a horrible person. I did something I thought I’d never do. I hope one day you can move on from this.”
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Hill was led out of the courtroom, the girl’s father shouting after him.
“I hope you burn in hell, you scum.”
If you or someone you know is impacted by sexual assault, domestic or family violence, call 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or visit 1800RESPECT.org.au. In an emergency, call 000.
– with AAP
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