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NewsNeighbour accused of shooting British schoolgirl, 11, in Brittany pictured for first time

The man accused of fatally shooting 11-year-old British girl Solaine Thornton has been pictured for the first time.

Moustachioed Dirk Raats allegedly used an unlicensed Winchester 22 to kill the youngster after shooting through a hedge into the garden of the family’s property in Saint-Herbot, Brittany.

The 71-year-old appeared at Brest judicial court yesterday evening, with his long hair tied back in a pony tail.

He is also accused of the attempted murder of Adrian Thornton, Solaine’s father, and Rachel, her mother.

Mr Thornton is currently gravely ill in a coma in hospital.

Mr Raat, understood to be a former teacher, is also shown in a series of pictures on a Flickr site in his name.

The page’s description lists his interests as “music, art, photograpy, guitars and soulfood”.

(Additional reporting by Maria Ortega)

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