NSPCC volunteer ‘stood down’ over reference for Hall


7:23 pm - June 17th 2013

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The CEO of NSPCC today said it was “unacceptable” that anyone at the charity had provided a character reference for Stuart Hall, the former presenter convicted of sexually abusing girls.

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Ah Twitter, making charities justify themselves to people calling themselves Evertondivvy.

Okay, but… they didn’t give a character reference to a convicted criminal, did they? They gave a character reference to somebody accused of a crime.

This just shows the NSPCC up as a bunch of bullies.

Ah, I was mistaken. Apologies.

5. So Much For Subtlety

What vile little sh!ts. How can anyone know the truth about every crime? How is a volunteer able to know what it usually takes a police investigation to undercover?

The boycott the little totalitarian bastards. Not a penny in donations.

SMFS; I thought that, but then it seems this was a character reference given for the sentencing – ie, he’s a child abuser but be lenient because he does good work. That’s quite different.

7. Charlieman

What the judge said during sentencing, regarding the character statements for Hall:

“However those who have admired you for these qualities and the general public now know that there is a darker side to you, one hidden from public view until now, and a side which you were able to conceal taking advantage of your status as a well?liked celebrity.”

So it seems that the judge did not consider Hall’s charitable works to be mitigation but that Hall used his status as protection.

I don’t really think this was an appropriate way for the NSPCC to treat their volunteer. Surely this person was simply playing a legitimate part in the criminal justice process?

@8. Chris: “I don’t really think this was an appropriate way for the NSPCC to treat their volunteer. Surely this person was simply playing a legitimate part in the criminal justice process?”

I agree that it is a very abrupt response. The NSPCC employ lawyers; would they take on the second best lawyer because the most qualified one had previously defended a child abuser?


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