Ex-BBC commentator and prolific sex offender, Stewart Hall, is said to be disappointed at a court ruling that sees his 15 month sentence doubled meaning he will now have to serve about 15 months with good behaviour. At the appeal hearing in the Royal Courts of Justice, Lord Chief Justice Lord Judge said the original 15 month sentence was 'unduly lenient' and that Hall, who admitted sexually assaulting girls as young as nine, should actually spend up to 15 months in prison.
The good behaviour clause in the sentencing system allows for a 50% discount on a prison term. This was designed to help ease overcrowding in the UK's prisons, something that will be relied on even more as Operation Yewtree continues. 'Some people have been critical about the policy, but what is the harm in allowing council tax dodgers, shop-lifters and sex predators out amongst the general public' Home Secretary Theresa may said.
'It isn't just about overcrowding though, it is also about rehabilitation in society. What could be better for Mr Hall than taking him out of a child-free zone and letting him out in the public where he can really test his resolve. You wouldn't expect an alcoholic to never enter a pub again, would you?'.
Mr Hall is said to be upset his 15 month sentence was doubled to a 15 month prison term. However, all may not be lost for him. If he can impress the governor with his unique poetic commentary during the prison's sport day, and promise not to get a job as a school caretaker, he may be allowed out earlier on a 'tag'. This should see him released just in time to stop his wife opting-in to adult filters from his broadband provider.