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Rapist who cheated justice

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Rapist who cheated justice when victim was too scared to report him to police because of EastEnders plot is facing jail

• Junior Hall attacked the girl after she called him gay – and he later tried to bribe her with a £20 note
• She tried to tell her mother but felt she wasn’t believed because the case was similar to a storyline from EastEnders
• 2001 plot involved Maureen ‘Little Mo’ Mitchell and Trevor Morgan
• The rape happened between 2001 and 2003, but was only reported to police in 2010
• Jury at the Old Bailey took only three-and-a-half hours to find Hall guilty
• He will be sentenced tomorrow

By Rob Preece
PUBLISHED: 16:40, 12 June 2012 | UPDATED: 16:58, 12 June 2012

A vile rapist, whose terrified 11-year-old victim decided not to go to police because of an EastEnders storyline, will at last face justice.

Junior Hall, 41, attacked the girl after she called him gay – and he later tried to bribe her with a £20 note.

While carrying out the rape, he told her: ‘I’m not gay, I like this too much.’

The victim, who cannot be named, tried to tell her mother but felt she was not believed because the case was too similar to a plot from the BBC soap.

The storyline in question was a 2001 plot in which Maureen ‘Little Mo’ Mitchell was raped by her long-term partner Trevor Morgan for buying a hat to wear to her sister’s wedding.

Mo confided to her sister Kat but said she did not want to go to court and repeat details to a courtroom full of strangers.

Later in the series, Mo killed Trevor with an iron.

Hall’s victim, who watched EastEnders, convinced herself that her mother did not believe her account because of its similarity to the plot.

She also believed that, if she reported the crime, her experience would be similar to Mo’s and she would not get the support she needed.

She did not realise that she would be able to give evidence behind a screen.

Hall denied rape but was convicted after a trial at the Old Bailey. He will be sentenced tomorrow.

A jury found him guilty by an 11-1 majority after more than three-and-a-half hours of deliberation

The attack, which was eventually reported in 2010, took place at some point between June 2001 and June 2003 when the girl was aged eleven or twelve.

Prosecutor Mark Gadsden said: ‘At the time she felt the matter should be reported to police.

‘She said she was influenced by a storyline in the programme EastEnders and didn’t want to go through a court case as she didn’t get any support.’

Mr Gadsden added: ‘They were playfighting together. She accused him of essentially being gay because he was not fighting hard enough and she was winning.

‘His response to that was to grab hold of her and put his hands down her tracksuit bottoms.’

Hall, of Battersea, south London, was remanded in custody before sentencing.

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