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Sentence review: Stuart Hall
“The Court of Appeal’s decision to increase the fifteen month sentence of Stuart Hall to thirty months sends a warning message to abusers” says Solicitor Alan Collins from law firm Pannone, who is representing seventeen victims of the former TV personality.
He commented further saying, “Hall’s victims feel vindicated by today’s Court of Appeal verdict. The judgment sends a clear message to sex offenders that no matter when you abuse women and children you will be found out and punished”.
Hall having denied the allegations that he had sexually abused his victims subsequently pleaded guilty.
Added Mr Collins, “For victims today’s judgment is important because it demonstrates how seriously the offences that Hall committed have been considered. The successful prosecution of Hall shows that victims will be treated seriously and with sensitivity, and the Hall case is a clear example of why they should report abuse to the police”.
One of Hall’s victims who wished to remain anonymous said, “I applaud the Court of Appeal’s decision and feel it reflects how seriously society views abuse. A major issue for me personally is the fact that Stuart Hall has given no personal apologies for his abuse to any of his victims, including myself. He was a family man, what made him think he could abuse other people’s children and what would his reaction been if his children had have been abused? I would like to see him face-up to his misdemeanours and make a full personal apology for his actions.”
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