‘He wasn’t a nuisance – he was a paedophile’

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A Fylde woman of disgraced veteran broadcaster Stuart Hall has welcomed an increase in his jail sentence for indecently assaulting young girls.

Hall, from Cheshire, has had his 15-month prison sentence doubled by Court of Appeal judges.

Lord Chief Justice Lord Judge, Lady Justice Rafferty and Mrs Justice Macur, sitting in London, ruled the original 15 months was ‘inadequate’ and should be upped to 30.

Now Kim Wright, who was groped by Hall at an exhibition at Blackpool’s Winter Gardens when she was just 17, says she feels the “punishment fits the crime.”

The former police officer, from Wrea Green, told The Gazette: “Finally justice has been seen to be done.

“When he was first charged Hall vehemently denied he had done anything wrong, and described the ‘living nightmare’ he and his family were going through – what lies.

“It has, though, been a living nightmare for all his victims, who have had to endure and live with his actions all their lives.

“He went on, continuing to live his normal life for many years before his past caught up with him, and I feel the Appeal Court judges have reflected the sentence he deserved in the first place.

“Let’s remember this man wasn’t just a ‘nuisance’ – he was a paedophile.”

Hall, 83, from Wilmslow, who admitted 14 counts of indecent assault against girls as young as nine between 1967 and 1987, kept his head bowed as he listened to proceedings via video link from HMP Preston and showed no reaction as the decision was announced.

The case was referred to the court by Attorney General Dominic Grieve, who argued Hall’s sentence was “unduly lenient” as it failed to adequately reflect the gravity of his offending and the “public concern” about such crimes.