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Maddison HALL






Born Noel Crompton Hall
Classification: Murderer
Characteristics: HIV-positive transsexual - Argument
Number of victims: 1
Date of murder: December 22, 1987
Date of arrest: 18 months after
Date of birth: 1964
Victim profile: Lyn Saunders, 28 (hitchhiker)
Method of murder: Shooting
Location: Gol Gol, New South Wales, Australia
Status: Sentenced to 22 years imprisonment with 16 years and six months non-parole

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Maddison Hall (born Noel Crompton in 1964) is an Australian HIV-positive transsexual and convicted murderer. In 1987, he shot and killed hitchhiker Lyn Saunders at Gol Gol, New South Wales.


He began hormone treatment while in prison, and was transferred to a women's prison (Mulawa Correctional Centre) in 1999. He underwent sex reassignment surgery while in prison in 2003. At Mulawa, it was alleged that Hall had sexual relations with several female prisoners, allegations that resulted in Hall being returned to a male prison after 3 months. Hall was charged with rape in relation to one incident, but the charge was dropped due to the victim having left the country upon being released from prison in fear of her safety.


Hall was granted parole in 2006, some 6 years before the expire of his head sentence.

However Hall's parole was later rescinded on the basis that the original decision to grant parole was inappropriate as it failed to take into account the core criteria for granting parole, i.e., community safety. Amongst various issues considered by both the State Parole Authority and the NSW Supreme Court were recommendations against parole on the basis that Hall was under maximum security and had not been released back into the general prison population -on the basis of a risk of violent offending - yet was seeking release into the community without any rehabilitation. Further, there was no credible nor accountable post-release management strategy for Hall's integration back into the wider community. Further, despite Halls violent background and likely nature of reoffending, he was to be placed in a half way house in inner city Sydney designed for highly vulnerable and at risk HIV sufferers and individuals experiencing significant gender identity issues. This accommodation was found to be totally inappropriate for an offender of Hall's nature.


Murderer paroled after 20 years jail and a sex change

By Janet Fife-Yeomans - The Daily Telegraph

April 23, 2010

SEX-CHANGE killer Maddison Hall can try to hide her eyes behind dark glasses and her short brown hair beneath an orange beanie but she won't be able to hide from the authorities monitoring her every move 24 hours a day.

Hall, who was jailed for murder as Noel Crompton but had a sex change in jail, was released on parole yesterday wearing an electronic bracelet that she won't be able to take off even in the shower.

She would be straight back behind bars if authorities had the "slightest doubt" the community was in danger, Dillwynia Correctional Centre acting general manager Steve d'Silva said.

Hall, 46, walked from the all-female jail yesterday wearing heavy foundation, powder and lip gloss 20 years after she was jailed for life for shooting dead hitchhiker Lyn Saunders, 28.

The State Government and prisons boss Ron Woodham both refused to reveal why they still opposed Hall's release, which was granted by the State Parole Authority.

Hall has approved accommodation and a job, where she has already been promoted after six months working on day release, but strict supervision ends with the end of parole in July next year.

Lyn Saunders' mother, Marrion, said she was afraid the community would be in danger and wants Hall placed on lifetime parole. "I can't get my head around the fact that Hall is a woman now. No woman would have done what he did to Lyn," said Ms Saunders.

Hall's parole conditions include not contacting the Saunders family or Hall's own ex-wife and family.


Killer Noel Crompton Hall cries gender disorder, freed from Oz jail (Source:

April 3, 2010

THE horses were unusually skittish. They shied away from this spot, dancing on their hooves and pulling against the reins where the bitumen ran out and the bush track began.

Their owner, riding behind them in the gig, pulled up and bent to see what was spooking them. It was outside the Murray River town of Gol Gol, three days before Christmas 1987.

In Adelaide, Marrion Saunders was waiting for her son Lyn, 28, to come home for the holidays. His car had broken down and he was having to hitchhike from NSW.

Sleep wouldn't come and she was on the phone to a friend at 1am, standing at the open front door for relief from the heat, when the police came. They told her that she had to ring detectives at Broken Hill. It was about her son.

Lyn, the "baby" of the family of three children, had been shot in the back. When that didn't kill him, the shortened shotgun was put in his mouth and the back of his head blown off.

He had been killed only about an hour before the man exercising his horses found his body.

It was 18 months before police would arrest Lyn's killer when the murder featured on the TV show Australia's Most Wanted.

An anonymous woman called in to name Noel Crompton Hall, then 26 and living with his wife Sharon in Campbelltown.

Hall, who had given Lyn Saunders a lift before killing him after a row, was jailed for life.

Justice Kep Enderby said there were "no mitigating circumstances."

It was at this point that the focus of the story changed. Noel Crompton Hall decided he was really a female trapped in a male body.

He wanted to become a woman. It was no longer about Lyn Saunders, murder victim, but Maddison Hall's "gender identity disorder".

"The courts stopped treating him like a murderer but as a medical case," Ms Saunders said with disgust.

Hall claimed he belonged in a female jail. In August 1999, the Serious Offenders Management Committee recommended he be moved to the all-woman Mulawa prison.

Although still a man, Hall was on hormone treatment but it did nothing to curb his behaviour as a sexual predator. He was charged with raping his cellmate. Other inmates reported Hall had sexually assaulted them.

Hall was moved back among the men, at Junee jail within three months. Courts have been told he prostituted himself for drugs.

In January 2000, the prison rape charge was dropped because the victim had been released and moved home to New Zealand.

Prisons boss Ron Woodham tried to keep Hall in a male jail but it was only the first of a series of fights that not even the notoriously tough Woodham could win as Hall exploited his legal rights as a prisoner, backed by the publicly-funded Prisoners Legal Service.

He sued the Department of Corrective Services claiming psychological trauma and won a $25,000 out-of-court settlement.

Hall has since sued the prisons department twice claiming discrimination.

When Hall returned to the Supreme Court in November 2001 to have his life sentence redetermined under Truth in Sentencing laws, he appeared as a beefy man, bulked up by pumping iron in prison gyms. His muscles bulged against his regulation green sweatshirt, his face covered by a five o'clock shadow.

The court was told Hall was polite. He had taken up craft work, using recycled materials.

Marrion Saunders was disgusted and distressed at the psychiatric reports which focused on Hall's female side. Hall claimed to have first seen a doctor about gender problems in 1985 and was given "treatment" - two years before Lyn Saunders was killed.

"Ms Hall's only psychiatric diagnosis is gender identity disorder, trans-sexual type," one forensic psychiatrist wrote. "The successful adoption of female identity and the continuation of treatment with hormones may well reduce her aggressiveness."

Ms Saunders, a physical education teacher, had been seeing a psychiatrist herself. "He taught me how to survive," she said.

Her psychiatrist told her: "Your son's killer was a violent and brutal man. He will continue to be a violent and brutal woman."

Hall's life sentence was cut to 22 years with 16 years and six months non-parole.

He became the poster child for gender reassignment with support from the Department of Community Services-funded Gender Centre. In 2003, Hall had full sex change surgery, funded by the $25,000 payout, which she described 21 days later on the Gender Centre's website.

"While I didn't wake up as Elle McPherson (sic), I did wake up with a feeling of completeness that was lacking in my life previously. I woke up as me, Maddison."

Hall applied for parole as soon as her minimum sentence ran out in January 2006 and the State Parole Authority was about to grant it, despite Hall having been in strict segregation since 2004 due to serious assaults on other prisoners - until Ms Saunders stepped in.

Hall, who appeared via videolink with a blonde bouffant hairdo, had no work or accommodation to go to. Parole was revoked.

As a registered victim, Ms Saunders was informed about parole hearings and invited to make submissions. Yet, she believes that when she started criticising the authority, attitudes changed. Instead of automatically receiving transcripts of Hall's hearings, she was told they cost $10 a page.

She hasn't opposed parole - just wanted to ensure Hall was properly supervised outside prison walls.

"Hall did a terrible crime and if dreadful criminals' behaviour could be assuaged by the addition of oestrogen, I'm sure it would be prescribed," Ms Saunders said.

She was relieved, when the SPA this week granted Hall parole from April 15, that it was under some of the strictest conditions including 24-hour surveillance via an electronic bracelet.


Sex-swap killer stays caged

By Janet Fife-Yeomans - The Daily Telegraph

September 21, 200

SEX-swap slayer Maddison Hall will remain behind bars for at least another 15 months after the NSW State Parole Authority today confirmed an order revoking her parole.

The move came just hours after The Daily Telegraph revealed Hall's catalogue of secret sex crimes while in jail.

Hall, who was jailed while a man for shooting dead hitchiker Lyn Saunders in 1987, allegedly raped and sexually assaulted several fellow prisoners - and a psychiatrist has warned that it was likely the 42-year-old would re-offend "in a violent manner" after her release.

Today it was revealed the NSW prison system has devised a special programme for trans-sexual Hall, which will keep her locked up at least until late 2007. It is the first of its kind in Australian jails.

Hall, who was appearing before the SPA's public hearing via video link,  grew agitated as it became apparent that the authority was going to keep her caged.

The SPA was told that since its last hearing the Serious Offences Review Council had adopted a unque scheme used in Canada that will involve two hours a week of one-on-one counselling looking at violence prevention, anger management and dealing with Hall's sexual proclivities.

It is a special plan set up for Hall because there are no other inmates who have had sex changes in prison.

Marrion Saunders, mother of Hall's murder victim Lyn, had flown to Sydney from her home in Adelaide prepared to speak for the first time to the board.

After the decision to keep Hall caged she said "sanity had prevailed".  Earlier she had said of her son's killing: "The wound is always open." 

Hall's barrister Phil Young SC said the killer believed the programme was a cynical exercise devised to keep her in jail. 

Before the hearing today, The Daily Telegraph exposed Hall's misdemeanours while in jail.

The alleged jail assaults were even more serious because Hall knew she was HIV positive at the time, the SPA has been told.

A rape charge was dropped only because the victim left the country after being released from jail.

The fumbling authority was ready to release Hall, previously known as Noel Crompton, last month but the accommodation organised for her through the state-funded Gender Centre fell through.

After pressure from Ms Saunders, a secret hearing scheduled to reconsider the parole was cancelled and was held in public today.

The Daily Telegraph has obtained a transcript of the authority's hearing in July when it ruled to release Hall back into society.

It reveals the authority was given a chilling stocktake of Hall's predatory behaviour after she was moved to Mulawa women's jail in 1999.

Although still a man, Hall was on hormone treatment. She had a sex change in May 2003.

The authority was told:

THE first rape allegation was made in 1999, after Hall arrived at Mulawa;

OTHER inmates "stated they were forced into sexual intercourse while in a relationship" with Hall;

IN late 2004 "two inmates alleged they had been sexually assaulted" by Hall;

A THIRD inmate alleged she had witnessed "inappropriate sexual behaviour" by Hall; and

PSYCHIATRIST Dr Michael Giuffria considered the allegations, while not proven, to be consistent with his assessment of Hall and rated her a moderate to high risk of reoffending.

Hall's release was strongly opposed by the state, with crown prosecutor Belinda Paxton telling the board Hall had done no violence prevention, anger management or pre-release programs and had no job to go to.

Hall has been in segregation since late 2004 following the sexual assault claims.

Hall's lawyer, Will Hutchins from the Prisoners' Legal Service, played down the sexual assault and rape allegations and told the authority Hall had only been punished for nine offences during her 17 years in jail, none of them violent.

Hall made a short appearance at the hearing in July when she was asked just 11 cursory questions by her lawyer.

Authority chairman, former chief magistrate Ian Pike, said the authority was releasing Hall because it believed public interest was better served by having her on parole than being in jail.

He said she had community support and a post-release plan through the Gender Centre and Foley House.



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