To start with I’d just like to make it clear that the lady who is alleged to have been raped by Stuart Hall is entitled to do as she wishes, as do all victims/survivors of child sexual abuse.
The 83-year-old of Wilmslow, Cheshire, pleaded guilty at Preston Crown Court to the offences, involving 13 victims, which occurred between 1967 and 1985…
…Mr Afzal said the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) would not be proceeding with the rape charge as the woman who made the allegation no longer wished to give evidence in light of the guilty pleas.
But given the original text of this article in The Independent which alleges far more serious crimes than the inappropriate kissing and groping that it would appear Stuart Hall has pleaded guilty too, and certainly far more serious than the majority of the MSM are reporting. I am left wondering exactly who benefits from Stuart Hall pleading guilty to ‘lesser’ charges ?
She went to the studios [BBC] encouraged by her mum and head teacher. And went back again, and once more. He seemed caring. Then, having groomed her, she alleges, he got her drunk and started the abuse. She kept going back. His mates, she claims, helped Hall with his filthy hobby.
Then, having groomed her, she alleges, he got her drunk and started the abuse. She kept going back. His mates, including an MP who is now a Peer, she claims, helped Hall with his filthy hobby.
It would appear from this extract, which I must stress has been removed from the article but still appears in cached online versions, that Stuart Hall was part of a group of men who abused young girls at the BBC. At least one of those men is now a peer of the realm.
Though it has not been made clear in The Independent article the account appears to detail the rape charge which the CPS have dropped because “the woman who made the allegation no longer wished to give evidence in light of the guilty pleas”.
So, cui bono ? Who benefits from this guilty plea for lesser charges against 13 victims ?
Well, certainly the victims themselves benefit. They do not have to stand up in court and be abused by the defendant’s expensive lawyer. By not proceeding the woman that has alleged that Stuart Hall raped her has saved those other victims that appalling prospect.
But there appears to be others who are abusers themselves who will benefit also from this ‘plea bargain’.
Let’s hope the police have the bottle to pursue this investigation how ever high up it goes and however implicated the BBC are shown to be.
But I fear that is hope over expectation.