Brett David Hill has been sentenced to a minimum of 17 years in prison for kidnapping and raping an 11 year old girl over a 5 hour period, in Newcastle 2018.
A very brave, now 13-year-old girl, has faced her rapist and kidnapper in court today, accompanied by her pet dog, she courageously read her victims impact statement to the court.
Telling her rapist Hill, who sat without emotion, leaning forward and resting on his knees, that she would be “forever scarred and never cured.” because of his actions.
Newcastle man Brett David Hill, 49, abducted the young girl at knifepoint in June last year as she walked to school in the suburb of Adamstown Heights, in Newcastle, NSW. He repeatedly raped her at three separate locations during a horrific five-hour ordeal and today he has now been sentenced for his crimes, jailed for a maximum of 23 years and six months, with a non-parole period of 17 years.
The courageous young girl went on to tell the court and her abuser exactly what his crimes have done to her.
“You kidnapped and raped me and my life as I knew it is changed forever,” she told the court.
“I may look strong on the outside, but on the inside I’m breaking down.’’
“I used to be scared of nothing, I was so happy and loved my life.’’
“The world was safe, I had nothing to worry about, I never thought it could happen to me.’’
“Now I feel the sky gets gloomier, and I fall into a dark hole and I can’t get out.”
Hill, armed with a pair of scissors, abducted the girl as she walked through Hudson Park about 9.15am on June 12, 2018, and held her captive for five hours, during which time crown prosecutor Lee Carr SC said she suffered “every form of sexual abuse possible.”
Before releasing her at Kotara railway station about 2.15pm.
In October, Hill pleaded guilty to three counts of aggravated sexual assault, having earlier pleaded guilty to six other charges including aggravated sexual assault and possessing child pornography.
Dressed in prison greens and with a thick greying beard he broke down crying as he spoke in court at today’s hearing.
Hill told the court he had taken synthetic cannabis which can make you go “crazy”.
“I’m so sorry. I never set out in 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,” he said
Hill said he was being kept in his cell for 15 hours a day at Silverwater Corrections Complex in Sydney and was isolated from the general prison population for his own safety.
He has twice been assaulted and received several death threats.
In sentencing, Judge Roy Ellis said although Hill’s record was largely clean, the criminality of his actions was “extremely high”.
Hill was caught several days after the attack, with CCTV footage from a local shopping centre assisting detectives from Strike Force Bradly, which had been established to investigate the incident.
Police have previously praised the bravery of the girl, saying that the level of detail she could recall helped catch, and form the case against Hill.
In closing her impact statement today, she said she felt “insecure and trapped” in her own body and as if she had an “invisible scar” across her face.
“Overall I have come a long way from when this first happened, however I often feel like a damaged girl,” she said.
“You will have to live with what you did to me.
“I can never forgive you.” she told Hill.
To this incredibly brave young girl, we at FACAA want you to know that we are so very proud of you. We know what you did today wasn’t easy, facing your rapist and telling him and the court, what he has done to you, the price you have paid for his crimes, the price you continue to pay.
Your strength and courage are inspirational and it is because of your honesty and bravery that he received the sentence he did.
Be proud of yourself sweetheart, you did it…..
Today you took back your power!
Hill won’t be eligible for parole until 2035.