Maddison Hall

Maddison Hall (born Noel Crompton Hall in 1964) is a convicted Australian murderer. In 1987, Hall shot and killed hitchhiker Lyn Saunders[1] at Gol Gol, New South Wales. Hall was convicted in 1989.[2] Her transition in prison, the support provided by the prison system, and disagreement over placement in male versus female prison, has been the subject of debate[3][4][5][6]

Maddison Hall
Noel Crompton Hall

1964 (age 55–56)
Criminal statusReleased from Silverwater Correctional Centre (2010)

Transition in PrisonEdit

Maddison began hormone treatment while in prison, and was transferred to a women's prison (Mulawa Correctional Centre) in 1999.[7] At Mulawa, it was alleged[8] 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[7] and was sent back to male prison but the charges were ultimately dropped.[7][9] After being in male prison, Hall sued and received an out of court settlement for $25,000, which she used to fund her sex reassignment surgery in 2003.[10][1][11] In August 2006, Hall also sued New South Wales for alleged discrimination based on Hall's transgender identity and HIV positive status.[12][2]

Hall became the subject of public interest after the State effectively paid for sex-change surgery[13] by settling an earlier case with Hall.[11]


Hall was granted parole in 2006, some 6 years before the expiry of her head sentence.[7] Justice Minister Tony Kelly appealed to the Supreme Court of New South Wales to have the parole re-evaluated on the "grounds of public safety."[10] A public hearing on the parole decision was set to take place on 21 September 2006.[14]

However Hall's parole was later withheld 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.[15] 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 re-offending, she 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.[16][17][18]

Hall was finally released in 2010[1] and lives as a woman[6]


  1. ^ a b c Sutton, Candace (11 April 2013). "Male criminals who become women". The Advertiser. Retrieved 20 May 2017.
  2. ^ a b Dick, Tim (15 August 2006). "Sex swap murderer granted leave to sue prison - National -". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 20 May 2017.
  3. ^ "'Absolutely terrifying': transgender people and the prison system". 4 April 2016.
  4. ^ "Prisoner Noel Crompton, Known as Maddison Hall - 21/09/2006 - QWN - NSW Parliament".[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ "Call to ban sex change for prisoners - Breaking News - National - Breaking News". 27 September 2006.
  6. ^ a b Gasper, Julia. "Danger Posed by Transgender People to Society". Cite journal requires |journal= (help)[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ a b c d Fife-Yeomans, Janet (2 April 2010). "Sex change killer to be freed". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 20 May 2017.
  8. ^ "'Did Hall get fellow prisoner pregnant?' - National -". 21 September 2006.
  9. ^ Carter, Jeremy; Carrick, Damien (4 April 2016). "'Absolutely terrifying': transgender people and the prison system". Radio National. Retrieved 20 May 2017.
  10. ^ a b "Appeal Against Killer's Parole". Australasian Business Intelligence. 31 July 2006. Archived from the original on 1 October 2018. Retrieved 20 May 2017 – via HighBeam Research.
  11. ^ a b Catha, Badhbh (12 May 2014). "Noel Crompton/Maddison Hall (Australia)".
  12. ^ "Sex Swap Murderer Granted Leave to Sue Prison". Australasian Business Intelligence. 14 August 2006. Archived from the original on 11 August 2017. Retrieved 20 May 2017 – via HighBeam Research.
  13. ^ Sutton, Candace (11 April 2013). "Male criminals who become women behind bars". The Advertiser (Adelaide) Adelaide Advertiser. Retrieved 21 May 2017.
  14. ^ "Secret Crimes of Sick Killer". Australasian Business Intelligence. 20 September 2006. Archived from the original on 1 October 2018. Retrieved 20 May 2017 – via HighBeam Research.
  15. ^ "Transsexual killer's day of confusion - National -". 25 August 2006.
  16. ^,22049,20448099-5001021,00.html Daily Telegraph story Archived 2008-06-20 at the Wayback Machine
  17. ^ "From the pens of babes: proof that all is not lost in literacy - Miranda Devine". 24 September 2006.
  18. ^$FILE/Hearing%20%236%2021%20September%202006%20-%20Justice,%20Juvenile%20Justice%20supplementary.pdf[permanent dead link] NSW Parliament estimates committee hearing

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