Convicted former St Pius X teacher Edward ‘Ted’ Hall applies for bail after hearing victim impact statements

Convicted: Edward ‘Ted’ Hall on his way to court in Newcastle during his trial in October, 2018. Picture: Max Mason-HubersA former teacher convicted of child sexual abuse has sensationally applied for bail because he wantsto seea doctor outside prisonabout his high blood pressure, incontinenceand an eye problem.
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Judge Tim Gartelmann, SC, rejected the bail application from Edward Smith Hall –also known as Ted or Tony Hall –in Newcastle District Court on Thursday after the court heard sentencing submissions and victim impact statements.

Hall, 68, has been in custody since ajudge-alone trial ended in October with him beingconvicted of 21offences against eight students of St Pius X Adamstown, where the former army sergeant was a maths teacher, between 1973 and 1986.

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The offences Hall committed against St Pius studentstook place before he taught at prestigious Sydney private schools Trinity College and Newington College.

He was living in Junee, in the NSW Riverina region, when he was arrested and charged in July, 2016.

Hall’s defence barrister Colin Heazlewoodtold the court on Thursday the former teacher instructed him that morning to apply for bail because of several health issues, including a slippedretina onhis left eye, a cyst that had rendered him incontinent and high blood pressure.

The courtheard Hallwas unsatisfied with the length of time it was taking to get medical treatment at Cessnock Correctional Centre.

Judge Gartelmann said some of Hall’s convictions were for “show cause” offences, which meant he had to provide evidence as to why he should be granted bail.

Younger days: Edward ‘Ted’ Hall during his days as a maths teacher at St Pius Adamstown. He later went on to teach at two prestigious Sydney private schools.

He did not provideany.

“The eye surgery is eyesight-threatening,” Hall saidfrom the dock as the matter was being discussed.

Mr Heazlewood said he told his client earlier thatit would be “extraordinarily rare” for someone to be granted bail in Hall’s circumstances.

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The late bid for a few more weeks of freedom came after several victim impact statements were read to the court–some personally by Hall’s victims.

The victims cannot be identified for legal reasons.

Anxiety, depression, embarrassment, feelings ofisolationand addiction to alcohol and drugs asa resultof Hall’s abusewere common themes of the statements.

One victim, who was abused in the 1970s, recounted the story of how the Catholic Education Office hadtold him in the 1990s that Hall was dead, after the man went to make a complaint about his former teacher.

The man discovered through aNewcastle Herald report that his abuser was still alive when Hallwas charged in 2016.

“[The abuse] changed me,” he said.

“I drank a lot of alcohol and smoked a lot of marijuana to drown out what happened to me that day.”

The victim was so traumatised by what happened to him that he begged his mother to let him leave school, but he was too young.

The day after his 15thbirthday, he began a bricklaying apprenticeship.

“I won’t be happy again until he is sentenced, until he grows old in a cell and feels what it’s like to be trapped.”

Another man, who was abused by Hall in the 1980s, said he had been “betrayed by the Catholic church”.

“I was mentally tortured,” he said.

“I tried to live a normal life but I didn’t know what was normal any more.”

On staff: Edward ‘Ted’ Hall was convicted of 21 offences against eight students from St Pius X Adamstown between 1973 and 1986.

He described how, for years, he did not tell his wife or parents what had happened to him.

His family had been committed to the church and went to mass each Sunday.

“My wife, mother and father were totally shocked by what I told them,” the man said.

Another victim, whose statement was read to the court by a representative, said theabuse resulted in uncontrolled behaviour and financial hardship.

The court heard the man drank large amounts of alcohol to “numb the feelings”.

Read more: Former St Pius X teacher Ted Hall denies sexually abusing 11 students

Over the course of a decadehe would get drunk and turn up outsideNewcastle Police Stationwith the intention of reporting what Hall had done to him, but he never went inside.

“The huge amount of stress, guilt and shame …is inexplicable,” the man’s statement said.

Hall will be sentenced on February 15.

Judge Gartelmann has left the door open for a possible hearing earlier that week for further submissions after Mr Heazlewood indicated Hallwanted special consideration in his sentencingfor age and health reasons.

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