Stuart Hall raped a girl at least 30 times in BBC's Manchester studios when she was 'too young to think she had a choice', court hears

Former broadcaster's rape and indecent assault trial in Preston hears for first time from one of the two alleged victims

The trial of the former broadcaster and convicted paedophile Stuart Hall has heard that he raped a young girl “at least 30 times” after plying her with alcohol and that she “didn’t think she had a choice”.

Giving evidence for the first time at Preston Crown Court today, the first of two alleged victims said she had come forward because she felt Hall’s previous sentencing of 30 months for indecent assaults was “not long enough”.

The woman described how she was “always drunk” when she was raped by Hall, on one occasion when she was 14 at the BBC studios in Oxford Road, Manchester, and then repeatedly when aged 15 and 16 at another BBC studio in Piccadilly in Manchester city centre.

She told the court she “didn’t know” whether she had wanted to have sex with Hall. “I might have thought I was a very wordly know-it-all 15-year-old but in reality I was not,” she said. “I hope I am a lot wiser now.”

Peter Wright QC, prosecuting, asked her if she felt she had a choice in going to the TV studio, having drinks with Hall, having sex with him and then repeating the process.

She replied “no” on each occasion, adding: “I don't think I had the capacity to think I had a choice at that time.”

A former BBC sports commentator and presenter of It’s A Knockout, 84-year-old Hall was jailed last year after he pleaded guilty to 14 offences of indecent assault against 13 girls, aged nine to 17, at the same court and was jailed for 15 months.

The sentence was subsequently increased to 30 months at the Court of Appeal. The woman today said her motivation for coming forward was “because, this is no disrespect to the system, I just feel it was not long enough for what he did”.

She said: “I felt for those girls because I know and I understand what it's like, and I just felt it was an insult to them. I don't want to be here, I'm not going to lie about that. But I want justice I suppose.”

The jury heard that the woman’s solicitors had written to the defendant's solicitors as part of a civil claim in which they asked for £20,000 in “a full and final settlement”. In cross-examining the complainant, Crispin Aylett QC said she had been “after compensation”.

The woman replied that she was not a “gold digger”, and said: “If I was purely after compensation do you really honestly believe I would have put myself through this yesterday and today, and now knowing that it is all out in the open?”

Hall has pleaded not guilty to all 20 allegations of rape and indecent assault he currently faces, alleged to have taken place between 1976 and 1981.

On Tuesday he pleaded guilty to one count of indecent assault between 1978 and 1979 against the second alleged victim of the present trial, when she was aged under 16.

The trial continues.

News
ebooksAn evocation of the conflict through the eyes of those who lived through it
News
peopleGerman paper published pictures of 18-month-old daughter
Arts and Entertainment
'A voice untroubled by time': Kate Bush
musicKate Bush set to re-enter album charts after first conerts in 35 years
Life and Style
tech
Arts and Entertainment
Robin Williams' life story will be told in a biography written by a New York Times reporter
arts + ents
News
i100
Life and Style
food + drink
Life and Style
Voices
voices
Sport
Roger Federer is greeted by Michael Jordan following his victory over Marinko Matosevic
tennisRoger Federer gets Michael Jordan's applause following tweener shot in win over Marinko Matosevic
News
peopleJustin Bieber accuses paparazzi of acting 'recklessly' after car crash
News
people
Arts and Entertainment
Oppressive atmosphere: the cast of 'Tyrant'
tvIntroducing Tyrant, one of the most hotly anticipated dramas of the year
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Day In a Page

Kate Bush, Hammersmith Apollo music review: A preamble, then a coup de théâtre - and suddenly the long wait felt worth it

Kate Bush shows a voice untroubled by time

A preamble, then a coup de théâtre - and suddenly the long wait felt worth it
Robot sheepdog technology could be used to save people from burning buildings

The science of herding is cracked

Mathematical model would allow robots to be programmed to control crowds and save people from burning buildings
Tyrant: Is the world ready for a Middle Eastern 'Dallas'?

This tyrant doesn’t rule

It’s billed as a Middle Eastern ‘Dallas’, so why does Fox’s new drama have a white British star?
Rachael Lander interview: From strung out to playing strings

From strung out to playing strings

Award-winning cellist Rachael Lander’s career was almost destroyed by the alcohol she drank to fight stage fright. Now she’s playing with Elbow and Ellie Goulding
The science of saturated fat: A big fat surprise about nutrition?

A big fat surprise about nutrition?

The science linking saturated fats to heart disease and other health issues has never been sound. Nina Teicholz looks at how governments started advising incorrectly on diets
Emmys 2014 review: Can they genuinely compete with the Oscars

Can they genuinely compete with the Oscars?

The recent Emmy Awards are certainly glamorous, but they can't beat their movie cousins
On the road to nowhere: A Routemaster trip to remember

On the road to nowhere

A Routemaster trip to remember
Hotel India: Mumbai's Taj Mahal Palace leaves its darker days behind

Hotel India

Mumbai's Taj Mahal Palace leaves its darker days behind
10 best pencil cases

Back to school: 10 best pencil cases

Whether it’s their first day at school, uni or a new project, treat the student in your life to some smart stationery
Arsenal vs Besiktas Champions League qualifier: Gunners know battle with Turks is a season-defining fixture

Arsenal know battle with Besiktas is a season-defining fixture

Arsene Wenger admits his below-strength side will have to improve on last week’s show to pass tough test
Pete Jenson: Athletic Bilbao’s locals-only transfer policy shows success does not need to be bought

Pete Jenson: A Different League

Athletic Bilbao’s locals-only transfer policy shows success does not need to be bought
This guitar riff has been voted greatest of all time

The Greatest Guitar Riff of all time

Whole Lotta Votes from Radio 2 listeners
Britain’s superstar ballerina

Britain’s superstar ballerina

Alicia Markova danced... every night of the week and twice on Saturdays
Berlin's Furrie invasion

Berlin's Furrie invasion

2000 fans attended Eurofeurence
‘It was a tidal wave of terror’

‘It was a tidal wave of terror’

Driven to the edge by postpartum psychosis