Sunday, May 21, 2006

John David Hall - why was he not caught sooner?

Was John David Hall, aged 34, being protected by powerful people? Or were the police just incompetent?

The first victim of John David Hall has criticised the police for not catching him 9 years ago.

Tracey Hemsley, 29, said: “The police should have caught him at the very beginning.

“If only they had done more all those years ago then all those other girls would have been spared.”

John David Hall kidnapped a series of young teenage girls while posing as a policeman.

John David Hall was a senior prison officer at Wakefield, a maximum security jail in the UK.

Hall worked with some of Britain's most serious sex offenders.

He was a Principal Officer in charge of a wing at the prison where Soham double child killer Ian Huntley is serving life for the murders of Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman.

Roy Whiting, who is serving life for the murder of schoolgirl Sarah Payne, was also held in the jail until fairly recently.

Back in 1997 , John David Hall was in police custody on suspicion of rape. He was released.

But it was not until May 2006 that Hall ended up in jail.

A 12-year-old girl was walking along a road in Wakefield when a car pulled up alongside. The driver, Hall, was posing as a police officer and asked the girl for directions. Hall told the girl that if she didn't get into the car he would use force. She got into the car and was driven to an unused road close to the police helicopter base. There, he indecently assaulted the girl.

In April 2005, BBC's Crimewatch referred to this and another sex crime. There were 175 calls from people providing names and information.

Over a period of years from 1997 to 2001 Hall raped a number of women and girls.

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