November 2019

Predatory paedophile jailed for sexually assaulting schoolboy and performing sex acts in front of two other children

A predatory paedophile who sexually assaulted a schoolboy before performing sex acts in front of two other children has been jailed.

Michael Robert Hall, 64, has been sentenced to eight years behind bars after being convicted of sexually abusing his victim over a number of years.

A court was told how his vulnerable victim was just seven-years-old when the abuse first started.

Hall was accused of assaulting him dozens of times while also performing sex acts in front of two other school girls.

For years the abuse went unreported before the two girls bravely came forward and spoke to police more than two decades later, in 2017.

As a result of their report, police contacted the young boy abused by Hall. It was after being contacted by detectives that he disclosed the scale of the abuse to detectives.

Hall, of Davidsons Cottages, Gosforth, was arrested and later charged with 14 counts of sexual offences against children.

He denied the abuse but was convicted by a jury following a two-week trial at Newcastle Crown Court.

Now the predatory paedophile has been jailed for eight years following a sentencing hearing at the same court on October 24.

Following the case, investigating officer Detective Constable Gary Turnbull praised the bravery of the victims in the case.

He said: “Michael Hall is a despicable human being who has preyed upon vulnerable children and subjected them to horrific abuse.

“This was not a one off attack, he has abused the main victim in this case over a number of years and destroyed his childhood.

“He has then also performed sex acts in front of two young girls who have come forward to police decades after the abuse took place.

“We were able to identify the main victim in this case from what they had told us and it must have been terrifying for him to open old wounds.

“I can’t even begin to imagine what he has been through and the bravery all three victims have shown throughout this case is overwhelming.

“They have stood in court and looked their abuser in the eye and I am delighted that the jury saw through his web of lies.

“Michael Hall will now spend the later years of his life behind bars and I hope that can bring some comfort to the victims in this case.”

One of the women who came forward to report the abuse had a victim impact statement read out during the criminal trial and said the abuse had ruined her life.

She said: “My family have always told me to see the good in people. I do still try but the more I think about this experience and how it’s affected us all, the more I think there’s more evil than good.

“I am in utter disbelief how a human can commit such terrible crimes on children. I find it hard to trust even more so now it’s very difficult to invite new people into my life and trust.”