Hall sentence to be reviewed

The Attorney General's office is to review Stuart Hall's sentence after the broadcaster was jailed for 15 months at Preston Crown Court for 14 counts of indecent assault against girls as young as nine. Labour said the sentence was 'unduly lenient'.

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Hall's victims lived with 'shame and embarrassment'

During sentencing, Judge Russell told Stuart Hall:

Many years have elapsed since these crimes were committed but that is no mitigation for the crimes themselves.

The crimes should of course never have been committed because nearly every victim was a child at the time and unwanted sexual advances even for an adult are distressing for the victim but when they are directed towards a child who is unable to repel the attentions of an adult, an important barrier is crossed.

As is clear from the victim personal statements, which I have read with care, many of your victims have lived with the shame and embarrassment resulting from your assaults, not sure how to cope with the effect of what were for these girls extremely unpleasant and distressing events - suffering what amounts in some cases to significant psychological trauma.

I pay tribute to the victims who have come forward - it is by no means an easy thing to do.

Judge tells Stuart Hall 'there is a darker side to you'

Sentencing Stuart Hall, Judge Anthony Russell QC, said he was known to the public for his "genial personality", but there was "a darker side" to him.

Stuart Hall in police custody Credit: Lancashire Police

Judge Anthony Russell QC added: "Those who admired you for these qualities and the general public now know that there is a darker side to you, one hidden from the public view until now - and a side which you were able to conceal taking advantage of your status as a well-liked celebrity.

"Several of these cases reveal an abuse of power by you because your status gave you an influence and standing which you abused."

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Stuart Hall arrives at court before sentencing

Veteran BBC broadcaster Stuart Hall has arrived at Preston Crown Court where he will be sentenced after pleading guilty to indecently assaulting 13 girls between 1967 and 1986.

Stuart Hall has arrived at Preston Crown Court. Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire
He will be sentenced after pleading guilty to indecent assault of 13 girls. Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

BBC announces investigation into Stuart Hall conduct

The BBC has announced the corporation will now launch a separate investigation covering the conduct of the disgraced presenter Stuart Hall.

Chairman Lord Patten had previously said there would be no separate inquiry.

He had said that a review into the Jimmy Savile scandal would look at how Hall gained access to his victims.

In light of a potential conflict of interest with Dame Janet Smith there will be a freestanding investigation covering Stuart Hall's conduct at the BBC which will feed into her Review. This work will be led by a different individual appointed by the BBC.

– BBC statement
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