– Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS North West Nazir Afzal
We prosecuted Stuart Hall because the evidence of the victims clearly established a pattern of behaviour that was unlawful and for which no innocent explanation could be offered.
His victimsdid not know each other and almost two decades separated the first and last assaults but almost all of the victims, including one who was only nine at thetime of the assault, provided strikingly similar accounts. Whether in public orprivate, Hall would first approach under friendly pretences and then bide histime until the victim was isolated. He can only be described as anopportunistic predator.
Mr Afzal added his thanks to the victims who "had the bravery to come forward," adding: "This caseclearly shows that the victims of abuse will not be denied justice by thepassage of time and abusers will be held to account.”