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
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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