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Stuart Hall faces sentencing for 14 indecent assaults

02/05/2013

Stuart Hall will be sentenced on 17 June at Preston Crown Court after pleading guilty to 14 indecent assaults.

Nazir Afzal, Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS North West, said: "We prosecuted Stuart Hall because the evidence of the victims clearly established a pattern of behaviour that was unlawful and for which no innocent explanation could be offered.

"His victims did not know each other and almost two decades separated the first and last assaults but almost all of the victims, including one who was only nine at the time of the assault, provided strikingly similar accounts. Whether in public or private, Hall would first approach under friendly pretences and then bide his time until the victim was isolated. He can only be described as an opportunistic predator."

Hall admitted the 14 offences at a hearing on 16 April 2013. Reporting restrictions were in place while the CPS considered whether a charge of rape should proceed to trial.

Mr Afzal continued: "We have this week met with the woman who alleged that she had been raped by Stuart Hall, a charge which he has denied. The welfare of complainants is a top priority for us and we always take their concerns into account. In light of the guilty pleas already entered, the complainant no longer wishes to give evidence on the allegation of rape, and we have concluded that it would not be in the public interest to take steps to make her give evidence in court. As such, we will not be proceeding with this charge.

"I would like to thank the victims for having had the bravery to come forward. This case clearly shows that the victims of abuse will not be denied justice by the passage of time and abusers will be held to account."

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Notes to Editors

  1. The four counts of indecent assault relating to a single victim (counts 6, 7, 8 and 9) were amalgamated into a single count covering all of the offending (count 6). Hall has pleaded guilty to this count. Only the rape charge was left to lie on file.
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