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Disgraced broadcaster Stuart Hall is released from jail


Paedophile: Stuart Hall

Paedophile: Stuart Hall


Paedophile: Stuart Hall

Disgraced paedophile broadcaster Stuart Hall has been released from prison ahead of his 86th birthday next week, sources have confirmed.

The former It's A Knockout presenter walked free from HMP Wymott in Leyland, Lancashire, after he served half of his second jail term for historical child abuse offences.

In June 2013 he was jailed for 15 months after he admitted indecently assaulting 13 girls aged between nine and 17 before it was doubled by the Court of the Appeal, which ruled the sentence was "inadequate".

Last May he received an additional 30 months in jail - to run consecutively - for two indecent assaults on another girl.

Hall (85) would have received a minimum eight-year jail term last year for one of those assaults if prosecuted under current laws, but instead the court was limited to the maximum sentence at the time of the offence.

Various judges were told by his legal team that he faced dying in prison and that he was financially ruined.

Father-of-two Hall, who turns 86 on Christmas Day, will be on licence for the next 15 months, and as a convicted sex offender will be subject to strict conditions.

Before he admitted the first set of sex offences Hall signed over to his wife the couple's £1.2m house in Wilmslow, Cheshire, which is currently for sale.

Hall was stripped of his OBE for broadcasting and charity in the wake of his convictions.

He was a familiar face and voice in British broadcasting for half-a-century and his eccentric and erudite football match summaries made him a cult figure on BBC Radio 5 Live.

Belfast Telegraph