Jul 26 2013
The Daily Mail
Wow, Stuart hall has had his sentence doubled from 15 months to 30 months .
And we are supposed to believe that is justice?
I will remind you that he was convicted of indecent assault(rape in reality) on 13 girls aged between 9 and 17 carried out over a time line of 18 years – and that is only the ones that he was tried for.
The fact that he was sentenced for his crimes against 13 victims, yet at least 17 are suing him tells you all that you need to know.
I think these pathetic, corrupt and wholly perverted appeal judges need to go away and have another rethink.
30 months isn’t punishment… It fucking stinks.
Appeal judges DOUBLE Stuart Hall’s sentence to 30 months after Attorney General said it was ‘unduly lenient’
- Veteran broadcaster Stuart Hall jailed for 15 months after admitting assaults
- He indecently assaulted 13 girls, aged nine to 17, 14 times over 18 years
- Attorney General Dominic Grieve said his sentence did not match his crimes
- Appeal judges have today ruled his sentence was ‘unduly lenient’
- They doubled his sentence to 30 months in prison
By ROSIE TAYLOR
PUBLISHED: 12:03, 26 July 2013 | UPDATED: 13:25, 26 July 2013
Disgraced veteran broadcaster Stuart Hall has had his sentence doubled after Court of Appeal judges ruled it was ‘unduly lenient’.
Hall, who admitted indecently assaulting a string of girls aged nine to 17, will now serve 30 months in prison instead of 15.
Attorney General Dominic Grieve had asked the judges to consider extending the sentence after receiving more than 150 complaints.
He told the judges it did not reflect the gravity of Hall’s offending or ‘public concern’ over such crimes.
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.
Lord Judge said Hall had ‘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.’
Hall, 83, from Wilmslow, Cheshire, 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 dark 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.
Earlier today, 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 coupled 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.
‘Unduly lenient’: Attorney General Dominic Grieve (left) said the sentence handed to Hall by Judge Anthony Russell QC (right) did not reflect the seriousness of his crimes
‘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: ‘It appears to me that the sentence was unduly lenient’.
When the claims against Hall, 83, first emerged he flatly denied them and protested his innocence.
After he was first arrested last December, he told police his victims were all lying as part of a ‘vendetta going on against people in the public eye’.
But the publicity generated by his arrest led to more victims coming forward with overwhelming evidence of his guilt.
The court heard his crimes spanned nearly 20 years, between 1967 and 1986, with assaults taking place on BBC premises and at his home. He even abused family friends.
The Mail has revealed the former It’s a Knockout presenter tried to pay off his victims with ‘paltry’ out-of-court settlements.
At least 17 women are suing him over the harm they suffered at his hands.
Susan Harrison, who was 16 when Hall lured her to BBC premises on the false pretext of helping her record a song, before attacking her in his car, has been offered just £5,000 in an out-of-court settlement.
Shadow attorney general Emily Thornberry said: ‘A sentence of 15 months does not appear to reflect the gravity of his crimes.’
The hearing continues.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2378805/Appeal-judges-DOUBLE-Stuart-Halls-sentence-30-months-Attorney-General-said-unduly-lenient.html#ixzz2a9gmAtuY
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