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Two charged with conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office and conspiracy to commit forgery

08/04/2014

Gregor McGill, a senior lawyer at the Crown Prosecution Service, said: "The CPS has today authorised the Metropolitan Police to charge both Kenneth Hall and Karen Hall, who are husband and wife, with one count of conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office and two counts of conspiracy to commit forgery.

"Both individuals will appear before Westminster Magistrates' Court on 8 May 2014.

"The CPS has decided that it is not in the public interest to prosecute one other individual for conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office. They have been informed they face no further action.

"May I remind all concerned that criminal proceedings against Kenneth and Karen Hall will now be commenced and that both have a right to a fair trial. It is extremely important that there should be no reporting, commentary or sharing of information online which could in any way prejudice these proceedings."

The full charges will be:

(1) Kenneth HALL and Karen HALL nee SCATES, between the 29 June 2002 and the 6 October 2004, conspired together and with others, to commit misconduct in  public office,

Contrary to section 1(1) Criminal Law Act 1977.

(2) Kenneth HALL and Karen HALL nee SCATES, between the 6 October 2004 and 6 July 2006 conspired together, to commit forgery contrary to section 1 of the Forgery and Counterfeiting Act 1981, by making false instruments, namely documents purporting to be official Broadmoor hospital records, intending to induce News Group Newspapers Limited and others, to accept them as genuine, and do some act to their own or any other person's prejudice,

Contrary to section 1(1) Criminal Law Act 1977.

(3) Kenneth HALL and Karen HALL nee SCATES, between the 6 October 2004 and 6 July 2006 conspired together, to commit forgery contrary to section 1 of the Forgery and Counterfeiting Act 1981, by making false instruments, namely documents purporting to be official Broadmoor hospital records, intending to induce Mirror Group Newspapers Limited and others, to accept them as genuine, and do some act to their own or any other person's prejudice,

Contrary to section 1(1) Criminal Law Act 1977.

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