Threats made against sex assault accused

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A Ballarat man accused of sexually assaulting two young children has faced court and lost a bid to hide his identity.

Fraser Shillington allegedly approached the two primary school aged girls earlier this month, asking if they wanted to see his dog before assaulting them.

He faced Ballarat Magistrates Court on Wednesday on two charges of sexual assault of a child.

Shillington's lawyer David Tamanika asked for the court to hide his identity, claiming highly aggressive and emotional threats had been made against the alleged offender on a local Facebook page.

Threats suggested the alleged offender "needs a good flogging", "deserves to die" and should be "sent to mars without a helmet".

"I think if someone says he needs to die they may have a concept of some sort of physical harm - whether they want to murder him is open to thought but if I had to draw an inference it sounds like they want to kill him, he said.

Mr Tamanika said the comments were unsophisticated and "people say this stuff all the time", but that shouldn't justify the remarks.

But the magistrate refused the application, saying the comments didn't support a suggestion that any one person proposed to actually harm Shillington.

He said the vindictive and judgmental statements of "keyboard warriors" appeared alongside other comments expressing hope that the offender is found and dealt with in accordance with the law.

Shillington, who is in custody for the first time, will return to court on April 9 for a bail application.