Today, 6 May 2014, Stuart Hall pleaded guilty to one count of indecent assault.
Stuart Hall had previously been convicted of 14 indecent assault offences (relating to 13 separate victims). The ages of the victims were between 9 and 17 years old. The offences varied in seriousness, with some not crossing the custody threshold.
On 23rd October 2013 it was announced by the CPS that Stuart Hall (the 83 year old former television presenter) has been charged with 16 sexual offences against two separate complainants.
Hall pleaded guilty to one count of indecent assault. We believe this is in relation to a female victim who was aged 11-12 (with the assault occurring between 1st January 1976- 1st January 1977).
There are 15 other charges that Stuart Hall denies.
- one charge of rape when she was aged 11-12 (dating from 1st January 1976- 1st January 1977) and
- seven charges of rape on the same complainant from when she was aged 13 to 16 (between 1st January 1979 and 1st January 1981).
- seven charges of rape (alleged to have been committed between 1st January 1976 and 30th September 1978, when she was aged between 14 and 16).
It is understood that there will be a trial in relation to those counts.
At the present time there are no details of the indecent assault and so predicting the sentence is impossible. The age of the victim will of course be relevant, as will his previous convictions for similar offending.
Here is our factsheet on the prosecution and sentencing of historic sexual offences.
The decision of the Court of Appeal may provide some interesting background on Stuart Hall and provide an insight into the approach the court is likely to take when sentencing for this offence. The full transcript is available here: Stuart Hall AG’s Ref