Jun 17 2013
The Daily Mail.
Anyone who has been reading my stuff for a while will know that I have been saying all along that the only person arrested under Operation Yewtree who will get Jail time is the obnoxious Stuart Hall.
No surprise then that the perverted old fuck was sentenced to 15 months prison today.
Course, although slightly harsher than the artists Graham Ovenden’s sentence, Hall’s sentence is still absolutely pathetic. In fact his 15 month sentence works out at just over a month for each of the offences that he was found guilty of.
And, mark my words, Hall will not be in prison any longer than 5 months… I predict Four.
The sentence is a pathetic joke and in no way near reflects the total number of children abused by the stinking arsehole.
Or are you that fucking gullible that you think these 14 offences are all that the paedophile ever committed?
One more thing. Do you remember this Daily Mail headline from the 7th of December 2012:
‘I’m innocent’: BBC presenter Stuart Hall denies child abuse charges and condemns police decision to arrest him at his home (source)
Now go and research what all the others questioned by Operation Yewtree are claiming… Just saying
One month for every count of abuse: Former BBC star Stuart Hall is jailed for just 15 months for sexually abusing girls as young as nine, despite initially denying everything
- Hall jailed for 15 months after admitting 14 counts of indecent assault
- But court heard he first told police allegations were part of a ‘vendetta’
- Former It’s A Knockout presenter, 83, was at Preston Crown Court today
By ROSIE TAYLOR
PUBLISHED: 11:54, 17 June 2013 | UPDATED: 15:03, 17 June 2013
Veteran BBC broadcaster Stuart Hall has been jailed for 15 months at Preston Crown Court after he admitted 14 counts of indecent assault against girls as young as nine.
Hall, 83, had initially issued an impassioned public denial of any wrongdoing before he finally admitted his guilt at Preston Crown Court in April.
The disgraced former It’s A Knockout presenter was labelled an ‘opportunistic predator’ of his victims, who he targeted between 1967 and 1987.
Sentencing him, the Recorder of Preston, Judge Anthony Russell QC, said Hall was known to the public for his ‘genial personality’ but there was ‘a darker side’ to him.
He said: ‘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.’
He criticised Hall for his initial public denial of wrongdoing when he labelled the claims as ‘crude, pernicious and spurious’.
The judge said: ‘Instead of maintaining a dignified silence or stating that you would make no comment, you chose to make a public statement to the effect that the allegations were false, describing them as ‘spurious and pernicious’ as was widely reported.
‘Although your guilty pleas have meant that your victims have not had to give evidence and relive their experiences in a court hearing, and they now know this, your earlier observations about their complaints, which you now accept were neither spurious nor pernicious, will have distressed them all, and it is clear from the victim statements that I have seen that your brazen attitude when first charged and the public protests of your innocence have added to the distress of some if not all of your victims.’
Sentencing Hall, he added: ‘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.
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‘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.’
Hall showed no emotion as he was led from the dock to begin his sentence.
He was given sentences ranging from three months to 15 months, all to run concurrently.
Judge Russell said Hall would have received 20 months after a trial but he reduced the sentence to reflect his guilty pleas.
He said he had read character references from ‘people well known to the court’ which referred to the ‘positively good aspects of your character’.
‘I have read all those references with care and it is very sad to see someone who is so well-regarded in the dock of this courtroom,’ he said.
Judge Russell concluded: ‘This is by no means the worst example of sexual abuse of children to come before the court but, notwithstanding the mitigation, I have come to the conclusion that taken together these offences do call for a sentence of imprisonment which must be served immediately.
‘The repeated sexual abuse of young children, too young to consent and in no position to resist your advances, even if the individual acts are relatively mild, is a serious crime and it must be made clear to anyone tempted to take advantage of young children and other vulnerable victims that they face condemnation and punishment.’
Earlier the court had heard the star had told police that his sex victims were all lying as part of a ‘vendetta going on against people in the public eye’.
When initially arrested last December over three claims of indecent assault, he said the allegations were ‘nonsense’ and ‘completely untrue’.
He said: ‘It’s just impugning me for the sake of putting me in the stocks, really.’
Hall, of Wilmslow, Cheshire, was arrested and charged on December 5 last year with indecently assaulting three of his victims.
The publicity led to more women coming forward, including a woman who said she was raped by Hall in the 1970s.
Following his guilty pleas on 14 counts of indecent assault against 13 victims, the rape charge – which Hall denied – was asked to be left on file after it was given consideration at ‘the most senior level’ of the Crown Prosecution Service and the alleged victim was consulted and agreed.
Peter Wright QC, prosecuting, today outlined the details of the offences committed by the former It’s A Knockout presenter.
A ‘significant’ number of the complainants were in attendance at Preston Crown Court today, said the prosecutor, as Hall sat in the dock.
At points during the sentencing hearing today Hall, wearing a dark suit, shirt and striped tie, appeared visibly hurt by what he was hearing in evidence.
For long periods of time he leant back with his eyes closed. On hearing something which appeared to shock him he would lean forward and shake his head.
He wore headphones around his neck but only put them on his head when his defence barrister Crispin Aylett QC began to outline the mitigation on his behalf.
Prosecuting, Mr Wright said Hall denied any impropriety after he was arrested at his home in December.
Hall said the motivation for the complaints was ‘otherwise instant notoriety if it ever get into the press domain’.
He described one of the complainants as ‘a complete and utter liar’, another as ‘unstable’ and suggested collusion was taking place.
He denied any sexual interest in children and described his sexuality as ‘just normal’.
An officer asked: ‘You’re saying they’re all lying?’ Hall replied: ‘Well, yes. Yes. Dreams and the light imaginings of men.’
‘Is that your considered view on the matter?’ continued the officer.
‘It is my truthful considered view of everything,’ said Hall. ‘There is a vendetta going on against people in the public eye, and people can come out of the woodwork and say what they want.’
Hall was bailed and further inquiries followed, said Mr Wright.
The prosecutor said: ‘The publicity surrounding his arrest led to other complainants having the courage to come forward to disclose what had occurred to them and also in support for those who had already come forward and reported allegations.
‘The motives expressed by these complainants was to demonstrate that the allegations that had been made were neither isolated nor unfounded.’
Hall was re-arrested in January and again denied each of the alleged assaults and characterised them as lies.
He told police: ‘I think a lot of people have just made things up just to make sensationalism. I think it’s completely misinterpreted… they are all telling untruths.’
Defending Hall, Mr Aylett criticised some media reports about the case since Hall pleaded guilty and asked the judge to carry out the sentencing with a degree of proportion.
He said: ‘My task this morning is to apologise for what the defendant has done and to ask for the mercy of the court.
‘It is not my intention to pick a fight with all of those who have put pen to paper on the subject of the life and times of Stuart Hall.’
Mr Aylett said his client had been arrested ‘as a consequence’ of the investigations into Jimmy Savile, ‘who used young girls on a scale that is simply staggering’.
He referred to the 1,300 complainants in that case and said: ‘Instead, in the dock today is a frightened and bewildered 83-year-old man answering for the touching – no more, no less – of all of 13, not 1,300, victims over a quarter of a century ago.’
He said 27 years had passed since the last offence and that Hall had led an ‘unblemished life’ over those years, doing charity work and with the support of his loving family.
The barrister said the defendant had pleaded guilty and that there was ‘very little evidence’ of sexual arousal on his part.
A BBC spokesman said: ‘The BBC is appalled that some of Stuart Hall’s crimes took place in connection with his work at the BBC and offer an unreserved apology to the people he abused.
‘Dame Linda Dobbs is leading a detailed investigation into Hall’s conduct at the BBC and her conclusions will be published as part of the Dame Janet Smith Review later this year.’
Hall victim: Others were abused including girl who was just eight
One of Stuart Hall’s victims, known only as Tracy, was just 13 when Hall sexually assaulted her.
In an exclusive interview with ITV News she said the BBC star was ‘all over her like an octopus’ and that there are more victims who have not spoken out about Hall’s abuse, including a friend who was aged just eight years old when Hall sexually assaulted her.
She also said that police naming suspects was ‘very important’ because she was watching the news and ‘listening out’ for his name.
Tracy told ITV News she met Hall through a friend’s father and that the abuse took place at the friend’s house.
Her friend was also 13 at the time and had a younger sister who was eight.
She said she and her friends had stolen some Martini from the adults downstairs and she had been sick and was taken to get cleaned up in the bathroom by her friend’s mother.
‘It was a panicking frenzied fondle as much as he could do it with the time he had me.’
– Tracy, victim of Stuart Hall
Once she was undressed, Stuart Hall appeared and the woman asked him to bathe her, she said.
‘I remember all this even though I was drunk; I was absolutely shocked into rude awakening, because I’d never been naked even in front of my own parents, never mind a stranger,’ Tracy added.
‘He put me in the bath and he was fondling me and he obviously didn’t have very long, it felt like it was a panicking frenzied fondle as much as he could do it with the time he had me.
‘And he laid me on the floor and was trying to kiss me and just hands everywhere basically. Then my friend’s mother came back and it was over, she then dressed me.
‘He then went, what I found out the next day, he went into my friend’s bedroom and did the same to her and we spoke about it the next day.
‘Then the eight-year-old daughter said she had a secret with Stuart Hall and she told us that he had gone into her room the night before when she was in bed and he made her put her elastic bracelet on him and he made her lick him because he had put some drink on. And she told us it was a secret.’
Tracy said neither her friend or her sister had wanted to come forward about what happened to them.
She said she was shocked by the way he had touched all three girls within minutes of each other.
‘My friend told me that he had gone in whilst I was being dressed in the bathroom and fondled her under her covers whilst she was in bed, so within that short period of time he made the most of that night with three vulnerable girls and that’s what made me very angry,’ she said.
‘The fact that he took advantage of every second he could, just to molest girls in an evening out with friends. That’s what he chose to do and that is quite frightening to think a man would behave that way.’
She was also horrified when Hall insisted he was innocent, adding she thought he had eventually pleaded guilty in the face of ‘overwhelming evidence against him’.
‘He took advantage of every second he could, just to molest girls in an evening out with friends’
– Tracy, victim of Stuart Hall
She said: ‘I was just quite sickened really that he was saying that the girls who said this were lying, and I found that really awful, as it was something that I’d held as a dark secret for so many years, that I didn’t like to be thought of a liar and I had told the truth.’
Tracy was encouraged to speak to police after seeing Hall’s name in the news, highlighting the importance of police naming suspects.
She said: ‘When I heard about Savile, I thought I wonder if Stuart Hall is going to have any secrets in his closet, like mine. And I didn’t feel confident to say anything but then as people had, it gave me confidence to think right I’ve got to come forward as well, so I did.
‘I came forward because I was looking on the news, listening out whether his name would come up and it was my sister that rang up and then my mother and then my father said “Stuart Hall is on the news. And then you’ve got to do it now”. That’s how it happened for me, so if his name hadn’t come up I probably wouldn’t have then actually come forward.’
But she said the shame of the truth coming out while Hall was still alive was punishment enough for him and that she actually felt sorry for her attacker now as he is ‘so old and probably no harm to anybody now’.
‘I feel sorry for his wife and his family, they have been very proud to have this celebrity man as their husband and father and now he’s shamed,’ she added.
TV CHARMER AND ‘NATIONAL TREASURE’ WHO ATTACKED YOUNG GIRLS
When broadcasting legend Stuart Hall was asked about the news he was to be honoured with an OBE, he responded with his trademark booming laughter.
The stories flowed and, with ‘a goblet of Keats’ and ‘a tincture of Oscar Wilde’, the radio raconteur recounted numerous tales from a career spanning half a century.
It was a career which saw him not only become an established sports radio reporter and broadcasting maverick but also a television star, thanks to madcap gameshow It’s A Knockout.
But the father, who is married to wife Hazel, 74, and has two children, Francesca, 52, and Daniel, 50, hid a dark secret.
And dropped into the middle of all the tales of television and radio times past was a throwaway comment which now appears both revealing and sinister following the revelations that he sexually abused girls.
Hall said: ‘My first reporting job was Sheffield Wednesday versus Leicester City and when I went along to Hillsborough it was shrouded in fog.’
Hall, adopting his broadcasting voice, continued: ‘The score was … Sheffield Wednesday 4, Leicester Fosse 4.
‘I didn’t see a goal! I described them all in greatest detail. I didn’t see … nobody saw a thing. It was fog-bound.’
Then, he added: ‘But I just lied my way through it and I have been inventing stories ever since.’
Hall – who became regarded as a national treasure after 50 years on TV and radio – was all charm as he talked about his OBE in his detached house in affluent Prestbury, east Cheshire in 2011.
His home was immaculate and his study and hallway housed a large collection of antique clocks.
On the wall behind him in the kitchen were numerous gold-framed black and white photographs of great sporting moments and no doubt significant moments in his own career.
Asked how he felt about the OBE, he was quick to mention his worldwide fanbase.
He said: ‘I am very proud that I have made a contribution, it’s been acknowledged and lots of people around the world will be very pleased, as my family is and I am too. Very, very pleased indeed.’
Did Hall think, all those years ago when he started out, that he would end up as a ‘national treasure’?
Modestly, a ‘humble’ Hall said that was one thing you ‘never think about’ when doing a job like his.
‘If it’s acknowledged you are very lucky because lots and lots of people do great jobs throughout the world and receive no acknowledgment, so for a humble guy like me – Hadfield born and bred – to receive an honour is a great accolade.’
Hall, who also ran his own travel business for many years, became a familiar figure to viewers of regional news programmes on the BBC with Look North, Look North West and North West Tonight, as well as ITV, when he switched to rival Granada Reports.
He was also the launch host of BBC quiz A Question Of Sport during its early days as a regional show.
The broadcaster was renowned for his verbose and theatrical football commentary.
He famously described a performance by Manchester City’s Georgi Kinkladze as, ‘Tippy-toed. Tumultuous. Only one word will suffice – terpsichorean.’
In 2009, the BBC hosted a celebration at the City Of Manchester Stadium to mark not only the 50th anniversary of his broadcasting career but his 80th birthday.
Among the friends who contributed were football legend Graeme Souness and stars of yesteryear from his beloved Manchester City, Mike Summerbee and Francis Lee.
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