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Stuart Hall jail term doubled by Court of Appeal

2013-07-26 14:27:57

Stuart Hall
Judges had been asked to rule on whether or not Hall's
15 month sentence was "unduly lenient"

Former BBC broadcaster Stuart Hall's 15-month sentence for a series of indecent assaults has been doubled by the Court of Appeal.

Lord Chief Justice Lord Judge said his original term had been "unduly lenient" and the impact on Hall's victims had been lifelong.

Hall, 83, of Wilmslow, admitted 14 counts against girls aged from nine to 17 between 1967 and 1985 in June.

His term was increased to 30 months after the attorney general's appeal.

Lord Judge said that the assaults were "real", but added that some of Hall's victims had been disappointed by Dominic Grieve's decision to appeal the length of the sentence.

Hall, listening to proceedings via video link from HMP Preston, kept his head bowed and showed no reaction as the decision was announced.

Earlier, Mr Grieve had told Lord Judge, Lady Justice Rafferty and Mrs Justice Macur that the original sentence "when coupled with the aggravating features... failed adequately to reflect the gravity of the totality of the offences, and the public concern about offences of this nature".

"Even if the individual sentences for each count are appropriate given the statutory maximum available, some should have been made to run consecutively so that the total sentence passed reflected the culpability of the offender, the harm caused and [would] deter others," he said.

Crispin Aylett QC, for Hall, had said the sentence was "entirely appropriate" given the former broadcaster's age and the facts that he pleaded guilty early and that his last offence occurred 27 years ago.


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