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More jail time for UK child sex presenter

26 July 2013, 16:26

London - A veteran BBC presenter who was jailed last month for child sex abuse had his sentence doubled to 30 months on Friday, after a London appeal court ruled it was "unduly lenient".

Stuart Hall has been a well-known face on British television for the past 50 years, presenting shows such as It's a Knockout. He also made a name as a sports reporter.

The 83-year-old was originally sentenced to 15 months in prison after pleading guilty to 14 counts of indecent assault against girls as young as nine. The abuse took place between 1967 and 1985 and involved 13 victims.

But attorney general Dominic Grieve referred the case to the appeal court after calls that the sentence was too lenient.

The court on Friday ruled that Hall's sentence was "inadequate" and failed to reflect "public concern" about such crimes.

"I hope that this case has highlighted the fact that historical sexual offences are always taken very seriously and show that the law still applies, whoever the offender may be," said the judge.



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