Girl, 11, sex­u­ally as­saulted in five-hour or­deal in New­cas­tle

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An 11-year-old girl has been ab­ducted and sex­u­ally as­saulted dur­ing a five-hour or­deal in New­cas­tle which po­lice have de­scribed as “hor­ren­dous”.

The girl was walk­ing through Hudson park in the New­cas­tle sub­urb of Adamstown Heights just af­ter 9.15am on Tues­day when she was threat­ened with a knife by a man who sex­u­ally as­saulted her, po­lice said.

She was then forced into a red car and driven to bush­land where she was sex­u­ally as­saulted for sev­eral hours be­fore be­ing re­leased at Ko­tara rail­way sta­tion just be­fore 2.15pm.

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Po­lice were called when she re­turned home and the girl was taken to hos­pi­tal.

Det Ch Insp Paul Ja­cob, from the sex crimes squad, said it was wor­ry­ing the at­tack was com­mit­ted in broad day­light. “It is hor­ren­dous,” he said in New­cas­tle on Wed­nes­day. “It’s our mis­sion to get this

per­son and re­move him from the com­mu­nity as quickly as we pos­si­bly can.”

Ja­cob said the girl was do­ing “re­mark­ably well” given what she en­dured. “It was a horrible se­ries of at­tacks,” he said. “I am very thank­ful we have a very brave young woman who has been able to help us so valu­ably in our con­tin­u­ing in­quiry. ”Although the man tried to hide part of his face with a hoodie, the girl was able to give po­lice de­tails about his ap­pear­ance.He has been de­scribed as “chubby” with short, dark, messy hair, brown stain­ing on his teeth and wrin­kles around his eyes and on his fore­head.He spoke in an Aus­tralian ac­cent and his hoodie was dis­tinc­tive: dark grey and black with blue colour­ing at the waist level.It was pos­si­ble the car was a red Com­modore, po­lice said. Ja­cob said po­lice were keen to speak to any­one who re­mem­bers see­ing a man of that de­scrip­tion or who may have dash cam footage.

A crime scene was es­tab­lished at Hudson park and ex­am­ined while New­cas­tle po­lice and the child abuse and sex crimes squad be­gan in­quiries.

Pho­to­graph: Paul Miller/ AAP

Po­lice say the 11-year-old girl was forced into car and driven to bush­land in New­cas­tle on Tues­day.

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