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Stuart Hall sentenced to two more years for indecent assaults

2014-05-23 18:23:48

Stuart Hall
Hall was found guilty of one indecent assault and admitted another

Ex-BBC broadcaster Stuart Hall has been sentenced to an extra two years and six months in jail for two counts of indecently assaulting a girl.

Hall, 84, from Wilmslow, Cheshire, was found guilty of one count of indecent assault on 16 May in a majority jury verdict at Preston Crown Court.

At the beginning of the trial he admitted indecently assaulting the same girl when she was aged 13.

He was also cleared of 15 charges of rape and four of indecent assault.

The charge Hall admitted involved an incident at a dinner party where he crept into his victim's bedroom and assaulted her.

'Vile bravado'

Sentencing him, Mr Justice Turner, said there had been "an element of grooming" to his offences.

Mr Justice Turner said there had been a "breach of trust" in relation to the assault on the girl when she was 13.

Stuart Hall
The judge criticised Hall for having shown "a lack of candour or remorse"

He said that Hall had acted with "a sense of arrogance and immunity... vile bravado and horrible betrayal".

He added that the 84-year-old had shown "a lack of candour or remorse" and criticised him for not admitting to these offences when he was convicted of other offences in 2013.

Hall did not react to the sentence as he listened to the proceedings through headphones, while his victim, who was also in court, wiped away tears with a handkerchief as details of the offences were mentioned.

The former broadcaster, who was accused of abusing two girls between 1976 and 1981, is already serving a 30-month jail term after he pleaded guilty to indecently assaulting 13 other girls, one as young as nine.

His original 15-month sentence, for abuse that occurred between 1967 and 1985, was later doubled at the Court of Appeal.

Speaking after the hearing, the Chief Crown Prosecutor for the North West, Nazir Afzal, said Hall's convictions "were only made possible by the courage of his victims".

"I would like to thank them for coming forward and ensuring that he was brought to justice," he said.


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