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
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However Hall's parole was later rescinded on the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
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
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
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
Whatsonxiamen.com (Source: DailyTelegraph.com.au)
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
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
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
"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
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
He sued the Department of Corrective Services
claiming psychological trauma and won a $25,000 out-of-court
Hall has since sued the prisons department twice
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
Ms Saunders, a physical education teacher, had been
seeing a psychiatrist herself. "He taught me how to survive," she
Her psychiatrist told her: "Your son's killer was a
violent and brutal man. He will continue to be a violent and brutal
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
"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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.