Broadcaster Stuart Hall's rape trial: Jury out

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The jury in the child sex abuse trial of ex-BBC broadcaster Stuart Hall has retired to consider its verdict.

Mr Hall, 84, denied 15 charges of rape and five indecent assaults from 1976 to 1981 at Preston Crown Court.

Hall admitted having sex with two girls but his defence claimed it was consensual apart from one count of rape which "never happened".

The judge, Mr Justice Turner said: "A late complaint does not necessarily mean it is a false complaint."

The youngest complainant alleged she was raped by the former It's a Knockout presenter when she was aged 12.

He admitted a charge of indecently assaulting the alleged victim when she was 13 between January 1978 and January 1979.

Last year, Mr Hall from Wilmslow, Cheshire was jailed for 15 months for 14 offences of indecent assault.

His sentence was later extended to 30 months at the Court of Appeal.

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