Bristol 'predator' jailed after rape victim recognises newspaper picture decades later

Leroy Hall, 66, has been sent to prison Credit: Avon and Somerset Police

A rapist has been sent to prison after his victim recognised his picture in a newspaper article decades after the offences took place.

Leroy Hall, 66, who was described as a sexual predator, has now been convicted of crimes he committed in the 1980s and 1990s.

In the late 1980s, Hall raped a 17-year-old girl after she got into a car driven by Hall and was taken to the Eastville area of the city.

It wasn't until 2017 when she saw a newspaper article with a picture of Hall and recognised him as the man who raped her, that she reported the incident to the police.

In a victim personal statement read out in court during the sentencing hearing, she explained that Hall’s actions that night continue to impact her family and day-to-day life.

Hall was on trial at Bristol Crown Court Credit: PA images

She said: “When my daughter was growing up, and even as an adult, I have been overprotective of her.

"I would organise her a taxi and check with her several times that night that she was OK when she went out, even checking she had got into the right taxi.

“I am still angry I have to go through therapy, and I still think about what happened to me every day of my life.

“I want the person who raped me to understand that what he did all those years ago has affected my life and that I will never be the same person again.”

Hall, of Chaplin Road in Easton, was also found guilty of one count of false imprisonment and one of indecent assault for offences committed on another person in the mid-1990s.

The woman, who was in her 20s at the time, was offered a lift by Hall in Stokes Croft.

But rather than take her where she wanted to go, he drove her around Bristol and then indecently assaulted her.

Hall was given a six-and-a-half-year sentence following his rape conviction.

He was also handed a two-and-a-half-year sentence for false imprisonment and two years for indecent assault, both will run concurrently.

Investigating officer, Rog Ibrahim of Bristol CID, said: “Leroy Hall demonstrated sexual predatory behaviour by committing these serious offences against a teenager and a young woman, which has had an enormous impact on them both throughout their lives.

“We would like to thank both women for having the courage and strength throughout the investigation and crown court trial, as it has led to a serious sexual offender being brought to justice.

"Hall had previous convictions for rape and we welcome the custodial sentence he has received for his horrific crimes.

“We’d like to assure anyone who wishes to report any sexual offence that they will be believed – it does not matter if it happened 30 minutes ago or 30 years ago, it will be taken very seriously and we can help victims access any support services they may benefit from.”

Leroy Hall was sentenced at Bristol Crown Court on Friday 20 January.

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