A victim of Stuart Hall has welcomed the news his sentence is to increase from 15 to 30 months, adding she believes all of his victims will be relieved by the Court of Appeal ruling:
Today, the Court of Appeal ruled the 15-month sentence handed to Stuart Hall was "unduly lenient" and directed that his sentence be doubled. Before Hall admitted to 14 counts of historical sexual abuse, he branded the claims "vicious and callous":
Disgraced broadcaster Stuart Hall has had his prison sentence for sex offences doubled by Court of Appeal.
It follows complaints that his initial fifteen month term was unduly lenient.
Ashley Derricott reports.
Lord Judge said Hall "got away with it" for decades and had "lived a lie for more than half of his life".
After the announcement, Mr Grieve said: "I asked the court to consider the multiple offending by Stuart Hall over a prolonged period of time which involved numerous victims.
"I also asked that the court take into account the breaches of trust in this case -
Hall carried out some of these offences in places where the victims were entitled to feel safe, he used his celebrity status to invite them to attend the BBC, and he also displayed an element of planning and premeditation.
"I am pleased that the court found that 15 months was unduly lenient and have today increased that sentence to 30 months and I
hope that this case has highlighted the fact that historical sexual offences are always taken very seriously and show that the law still applies, whoever the offender may be."
Disgraced veteran broadcaster Stuart Hall had his 15-month prison sentence for sex offences doubled by Court of Appeal judges today.
Lord Chief Justice Lord Judge, Lady Justice Rafferty and Mrs Justice Macur, sitting in London, ruled that the original 15 months was "inadequate" and should be upped to 30 months.
Hall, 83, from Wilmslow, Cheshire, who admitted 14 counts of indecent assault against girls as young as nine between 1967 and 1987, kept his head bowed as he listened to proceedings via video link from HMP Preston and showed no reaction as the decision was announced.
The case was referred to the court by Attorney General Dominic Grieve, who argued that Hall's sentence was "unduly lenient" as it failed to adequately reflect the gravity of his offending and the "public concern" about such crimes.
Former It's A Knockout presenter Hall was sentenced to the 15 months at Preston Crown Court last month by the Recorder of Preston, Judge Anthony Russell QC.
Disgraced veteran broadcaster Stuart Hall had his 15 month prison sentence for sex offences increased to 30 months by Court of Appeal judges today.
Disgraced veteran broadcaster Stuart Hall's 15 month jail sentence for sex offences was "unduly lenient", Court of Appeal judges ruled today.
Hall's QC Crispin Aylett argued that there was "nothing wrong" with the sentence imposed.
He told the court: "If the object was to see this man punished, disgraced and financially ruined then all of that has been more than achieved."
The judges have now retired to consider their decision and will not give an announcement before 11.30.