A man accused of abducting and sexually assaulting an 11-year-old Newcastle schoolgirl in a daylight attack has been identified after a NSW court lifted a suppression order.
Brett David Hill, 47, faced Newcastle Local Court on Wednesday via audio visual link where magistrate Robert Stone lifted the non-publication order placed on the alleged attacker’s name.
Hill, who police describe as an unemployed Newcastle resident who lives a nomadic lifestyle, did not apply for bail and it was formally refused.
The 47-year-old was arrested at the weekend following a four-day manhunt by police after the girl was allegedly grabbed from behind as she walked to school in the Newcastle suburb of Adamstown Heights last Tuesday morning.
NSW Police said she was threatened with a knife, sexually assaulted and forced into a car.
She was then driven to bushland where she was again sexually assaulted before being released at Kotara Railway station about five hours later.
Hill has been charged with kidnapping, six counts of aggravated sexual assault and four counts of aggravated indecent assault.
He will remain behind bars in a protective custody cell on his own and is due back at Newcastle Local Court on August 15.