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Judge says Hall "got away with it" for decades

Disgraced broadcaster Stuart Hall Credit: PA Images

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."

Stuart Hall's sentence doubled by appeal court

Stuart Hall's sentence doubled after being considered "inadequate" Credit: PA

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.

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Hall jail term 'Inadequate for offences'

Jailed veteran broadcaster Stuart Hall Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

Disgraced Cheshire veteran broadcaster Stuart Hall's 15-month prison sentence for sex offences failed to adequately reflect the gravity of his offending or "public concern" over such crimes, the Attorney General has told Court of Appeal judges.

Dominic Grieve made the submission at the start of a hearing in London before Lord Chief Justice Lord Judge, Lady Justice Rafferty and Mrs Justice Macur.

The judges are being asked to rule on whether or not Hall's sentence was "unduly lenient", and should be increased.

Hall, 83, from Wilmslow, who admitted 14 counts of indecent assault against girls as young as nine between 1967 and 1987, listened to the proceedings via video-link from HMP Preston. He appeared on screen wearing a deep red T-shirt.

The former It's A Knockout presenter was given the 15-month sentence at Preston Crown Court in June by the Recorder of Preston, Judge Anthony Russell QC.

Mr Grieve told the packed courtroom: "It is submitted that the total sentence of 15 months' imprisonment for 14 incidents of indecent assault committed against 13 female victims aged between the ages of nine and 17 over an 18-year period when couple with the aggravating features...

....failed adequately to reflect the gravity of the totality of the offences, and the public concern about offences of this nature.

"Even if the individual sentences for each count are appropriate sentences given the statutory maximum available, some of the sentences should have been made to run consecutively so that the total sentence passed reflected the culpability of the offender, the harm caused and to deter others."

He said that "it appears to me that the sentence was unduly lenient".

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.

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Disgraced broadcaster's sentence to be reviewed

Disgraced broadcaster Stuart Hall was jailed for 15 months in June. Credit: PA

The Court of Appeal will review the sentence given to Stuart Hall after complaints he "got off lightly". The case has been referred for review by Attorney General Dominic Grieve.

The 83-year-old, from Wilmslow, Cheshire, was jailed in June for 15 months after admitting 14 counts of indecent assault against girls as young as nine between 1967 and 1987.

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