Lionel Kenneth Hall
Mr Hall’s offending relates to three different victims. We will refer to those victims as A, B and C. A was 14 years of age at the relevant time; B was 11; and C, 9. B and C are sisters.
 Mr Hall was convicted after trial. It is for the sentencing Judge to settle the facts for sentencing purposes. In this case the Judge dealt with the facts in only a cursory fashion. As a general conclusion, he noted that the circumstances surrounding the three complainants “are appallingly similar. They disclose an apparent and continuing predation by you of young and vulnerable girls”. We find it necessary to enlarge on what was said at sentencing.
 As to victim A, Mr Hall approached her in her own home when he knew A was alone and babysitting a four-year-old neighbour. A made Mr Hall a cup of tea and sat with the toddler on her knee. When the child wandered off, Mr Hall encouraged A to sit on his knee. She acquiesced. He then put one of his arms around her, and with his free hand pulled down her top whereupon he kissed her breasts and nipples. This lasted for about a minute. Mr Hall was interrupted when an adult occupier of the house came home, and A ran outside.
 Later that year, A and her family went to stay with Mr Hall and his family in Murchison. One evening while A was watching television in Mr Hall’s bedroom, he entered the room and lay on the bed. He undid A’s jeans and digitally penetrated her vagina for a few minutes.
 Later, during that same visit Mr Hall entered the toilet while A was using it. At that time he touched her bottom and her breasts.
 These events led to convictions on two counts of indecent assault, and one count of sexual violation.
 As to B, Mr Hall was convicted of one count of sexual violation. During a period of school holidays in 1998 B and C spent a week at Mr Hall’s home in Murchison. On the way to Murchison, Mr Hall bought B a mini-skirt with buttons on it, telling her that she should keep the three buttons undone. One evening during their stay, B was watching television on Mr Hall’s bed. He lay down beside her, removed her underpants, and digitally penetrated her vagina.
 As to C, during the same holiday, C was watching television in the lounge when Mr Hall came into the room and hugged her. While holding her, he put his right hand down the front of her trousers and into her underwear. He then proceeded to rub her genitalia, although there was no penetration. C told him to stop, which he did. Mr Hall told C not to tell anyone. These events led to a conviction for indecent assault.
Date of Birth
At large in Redwoodtown, Blenheim
Sentenced to just 4 years by Judge McKegg in the Blenheim District Court
Successfully increased on appeal by the Crown to 5 years 6 months in May 2006
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OFFENCES / CONVICTIONS
|Event Date||Event||Court Location||Offence Type||Offence Date||Committed While||Sentence Imposed|
|17-5-2006||Appeal hearing Date is approx||Court of Appeal Blenheim||Indecent assault||08-05-2004||5 Years, 6 Months, Imprisonment||▼|