March 2014

Paedophile who groomed and abused schoolgirl has jail term cut by three years

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A paedophile who groomed and abused a young girl has had his jail term cut by top judges on appeal.

Brian Hall subjected his victim to a catalogue of horrific sexual assaults when he was in his 60s.

The 73-year-old was locked up for 16 years at Teesside Crown Court in October last year, after admitting a string of sex offences.

But his sentence was yesterday cut to 13 years by judges sitting at London’s Criminal Appeal Court, who said the original term was too long.

Hall’s offending began when his victim was aged under 10 and it took the girl years to tell anyone what he had done.

When his crimes came to light in 2012, he was arrested and initially denied any wrongdoing.

However, Hall, of Hartington Road, Stockton, later admitted nine counts of indecent assault, and nine of sexually assaulting a child aged under 13.

At the time of his conviction, prosecutors told of the pain, suffering and turmoil Hall had caused.

The victim, who was more than 50 years younger than him, was left deeply traumatised, had broken down in tears and would not speak about the events.

Her mother described the impact of Hall’s crimes as a “nightmare” and Lord Justice Davis told the court that Hall’s crimes had a profound and lasting impact on his victim.

His lawyers argued that, while his offences were serious and deserved a lengthy jail term, the overall sentence passed by Judge John Walford was over the top.

Allowing the appeal, Lord Justice Davis said that, while the crimes were grave, the total jail term imposed was excessive.

Sitting with Mr Justice Jeremy Baker and Judge Simon Tonking QC, he added: “This was serious sexual offending on a very young girl.

“But, allowing for the early plea of guilty and the other mitigation, we do think that a total sentence of 16 years was too long.

“In the view of this court, the appropriate overall sentence was one of 13 years.”

Hall was also given an indefinite sexual offences prevention order, and is banned from working with children and will be on the sex offenders’ register, both of them for life.

October 2013

Child abuser, 73, jailed for 16 years for the ‘appalling’ grooming of schoolgirl

A child abuser who groomed and molested a young girl has been jailed for 16 years.

Brian Hall, 73, went to prison years after he subjected an innocent schoolgirl to a catalogue of sexual assaults.

A Teesside Crown Court judge said the pensioner’s crimes were among the “most appalling” of their kind.

He sexually assaulted the girl, more than 50 years younger than him. It took years for the victim to tell others what had happened to her.

She became inconsolable and hysterical as she told her mother she had been sexually abused by a paedophile.

Prosecutor Harry Hadfield told of the pain, suffering and turmoil Hall had caused.

He said the girl was left deeply traumatised, had broken down into tears and would not speak about the events.

Her mother described the impact of Hall’s crimes as a “nightmare”.

When Hall, of Hartington Road, Stockton, was arrested, he suggested that all of the allegations were false.

He later admitted 18 charges of indecent and sexual assaults.

Paul Abrahams, defending, said Hall had been a hard-working man with no previous sexual offences.

He said: “Clearly he will receive a significant period of imprisonment. There can be no argument against that.

“What has happened in respect of this case is horrendous for the girl and her family, quite clearly, and what has been done can never be undone.

“There is nothing that I can say or the defendant can do that can mitigate the impact upon that family.

“Mr Hall had the good sense to plead guilty at the earliest stage.

“Fortunately the defendant did the only proper thing that could be done in respect of this case, and that was to plead guilty as soon as practicable.”

Judge John Walford told Hall he “quite shamefully” took advantage of the young girl to sexually abuse her.

He said he took into account “the grooming which you engaged in to facilitate the abuse and the inevitably dreadful effect that your behaviour has had on your victim and on her family”.

He jailed Hall for 16 years. Crying was heard in the public gallery as he was led from the dock.

Hallwas also given an indefinite sexual offences prevention order, and he will be banned from working with children and will be on the sex offenders’ register, both for life.