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Wednesday 24 September 2014

Predator Hall used girls as sexual playthings, court told

Kim Pilling and Pat Hurst

Published 08/05/2014 | 02:30

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Stuart Hall, who has pleaded guilty at Preston Crown Court to one charge of indecent assault on a girl under 16 but will face trial for multiple rapes involving two alleged victims. Martin Rickett/PA Wire
Stuart Hall, who has pleaded guilty at Preston Crown Court to one charge of indecent assault on a girl under 16 but will face trial for multiple rapes involving two alleged victims. Martin Rickett/PA Wire

Paedophile "predator" Stuart Hall used two girls as his personal sexual "plaything" and "toy" while raping them in his BBC dressing room, a court heard.

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Hall, now aged 84, made them "subservient and wholly submissive to his sexual demands," routinely plying one girl, then aged 14, with Bacardi and coke and pouring champagne over the other youngster's naked body, as he sexually abused them.

Both girls and their families were known to the defendant, who all trusted the popular BBC TV celebrity, Preston Crown Court heard.

But he abused their trust by repeatedly raping and sexually assaulting his victims, telling both it was their "secret", the court heard. Hall, currently jailed after admitting sexual offences against 13 other girls, even kept a "trophy" of one of the girls.

But his lawyer Crispin Aylett said while Hall was a convicted paedophile he was not a rapist – and the defendant claimed sex was consensual.

He has pleaded not guilty to 20 allegations of rape and indecent assault between 1976 and 1981. But Peter Wright, prosecuting, told the jury Hall was in his mid-40s at the time and the only reason he had sex with the two teenage girls was by exploiting their vulnerability and immaturity.

Mr Wright told the jury: "These were young impressionable teenagers being groomed by a sexual predator into satisfying his sexual requirements."

The first alleged rape, involving the complainant known only as girl A, took place in his dressing room at the BBC Studios in Manchester, some time between January 1976 and April 1977.

The second alleged victim, girl B, was first abused when she was aged 12, and it continued until she was 15.

The first incident happened while the girl was cleaning stables and Hall arrived unannounced before raping her against a wall.

Mr Wright added: "She was a pre-pubescent child."

The trial continues.

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