Stuart Hall jailed: Disgraced broadcaster sentenced to two years six months in prison for indecent assault on under-age girl

Hall, 84, from Wilmslow, Cheshire, was cleared last week of 15 counts of rape

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Disgraced broadcaster Stuart Hall has been sentenced to an extra two years and six months in prison for indecently assaulting an under-age girl.

Hall, 84, from Wilmslow, Cheshire, was cleared last week of 15 counts of rape in relation to two women who claimed they were sexually assaulted by him between 1976 and 1981.

Mr Hall was found guilty of one count of indecent assault on 16 May in a majority jury verdict at Preston Crown Court.

The former It's a Knockout presenter had earlier pleaded guilty to another indecent assault on the same girl when she was just 13.

He is already serving a 30-month jail term after he pleaded guilty to indecently assaulting 13 other girls, one as young as nine

Hall's victim, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, and was known during the trial as 'Girl B', was present at Preston Crown Court to watch her attacker be sentenced.

Peter Wright QC, prosecuting, read out an impact statement in which the girl detailed the "profound effect" the offence had on her life.

Hall will not now be eligible for release until December 2015 as today's sentence will only begin after the end of his current jail term.

Lord Justice Turner said the offences were "an act of vile bravado and horrible betrayal" and said one of the aggravating factors was Hall's initial public denials of guilt.

He added: "Your lack of remorse evinced in your prepared statement to the police in which you expressed confected surprise against all the allegations against you when you knew you had molested her."

Hall, wearing a dark suit, white shirt and striped tie, was excused from standing as sentence was passed.

He sat impassively in the dock, with his head bowed, his legs crossed and his hands resting on his lap as he listened to the proceedings through a large pair of headphones.

The victim of his latest offences sat yards away and began wiping away tears with a handkerchief passed to her, as details of the offences were again mentioned in court.

Because of the historic nature of the offences Hall was prosecuted under the Sexual Offences Act of 1956, which made provisions for underage girls consenting to intercourse. The law was changed to current legislation in 2003.