Bournemouth EchoRolf Harris guilty of 12 counts of indecent assault (From Bournemouth Echo)

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Rolf Harris guilty of 12 counts of indecent assault

Bournemouth Echo: Rolf Harris guilty of 12 counts of indecent assault Rolf Harris guilty of 12 counts of indecent assault

Veteran entertainer Rolf Harris saw his decades in the spotlight end in disgrace today as he was found guilty of indecent assault.

The 84-year-old, once a much-loved artist and musician, was convicted at Southwark Crown Court of 12 sex charges involving four women.

His army of supporters, including suited security guards and representatives from PR giant Bell Pottinger who attended every day of the trial, could do nothing to change the verdict of the jury of six men and six women.

Once seen by a UK audience as a national treasure, Harris had enjoyed years of success, netting him a multi-million pound fortune and the chance to paint the Queen.

But the downfall of an entertainer who was part of millions of British childhoods came today, as Harris became the biggest scalp claimed by detectives from high profile sex crime investigation Operation Yewtree.

Dozens more alleged victims have come forward during the trial, including several in Australia, and Scotland Yard has been in touch with their counterparts in the Australian police, but it is not yet clear whether they are pursuing any investigation in Harris's home country.

The NSPCC said it has received 28 calls relating to Harris to date, involving 13 people who claim they fell prey to the performer.

Harris remained impassive as the forewoman delivered the unanimous verdicts.

His daughter Bindi held hands with a fellow supporter, and wife Alwen and niece Jenny also watched from the public gallery as his fate was sealed.

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4:07pm Mon 30 Jun 14

hamworthygirl says...

Makes me sick to read this and the other cases i hope it encourages victims to come forward at the time of any assaults. That way it nay prevent others going through the same, difficult thing to do im sure but best these men are stopped.
Makes me sick to read this and the other cases i hope it encourages victims to come forward at the time of any assaults. That way it nay prevent others going through the same, difficult thing to do im sure but best these men are stopped. hamworthygirl
  • Score: 2

4:17pm Mon 30 Jun 14

rubberbandman5 says...

The face of the RSPCA's Animal Hospital exposed in the media, hardly surprised that their donations and membership are at an all time low.
Thank God we have people who donate to worthy charities like the NSPCC.
The face of the RSPCA's Animal Hospital exposed in the media, hardly surprised that their donations and membership are at an all time low. Thank God we have people who donate to worthy charities like the NSPCC. rubberbandman5
  • Score: 1

4:45pm Mon 30 Jun 14

Sir Beachy Head says...

rubberbandman5 wrote:
The face of the RSPCA's Animal Hospital exposed in the media, hardly surprised that their donations and membership are at an all time low.
Thank God we have people who donate to worthy charities like the NSPCC.
Ben Fogle has taken over as host. I'd rather give money to animal charities any day rather than kids.

Not the rspca though.
[quote][p][bold]rubberbandman5[/bold] wrote: The face of the RSPCA's Animal Hospital exposed in the media, hardly surprised that their donations and membership are at an all time low. Thank God we have people who donate to worthy charities like the NSPCC.[/p][/quote]Ben Fogle has taken over as host. I'd rather give money to animal charities any day rather than kids. Not the rspca though. Sir Beachy Head
  • Score: 1

7:20pm Mon 30 Jun 14

rubberbandman5 says...

Will the Lib Dems remove Rolfs membership.
Will the Lib Dems remove Rolfs membership. rubberbandman5
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12:23am Tue 1 Jul 14

Huey says...

His evil cold eyes and perverted bearded face sicken me.
Lock him up with Stuart Hall and make them fight each other on a nightly basis.
His evil cold eyes and perverted bearded face sicken me. Lock him up with Stuart Hall and make them fight each other on a nightly basis. Huey
  • Score: 3

9:34am Tue 1 Jul 14

TheDistrict says...

As Esther Rantzen reported on this mornings news, these people are not monsters, but nice men. This is why it is so easy for them to get away with it for a long time. Operation Yewtree has uncovered these horrible men, along with Rolf Harris. I do hope that everything he has received will be taken away from him. I wonder if Her Majesty has had her portrait removed from house today.

Child offences are the worst kind, and even the hardest serving criminals will not stand for this. A danger awaits them all.
As Esther Rantzen reported on this mornings news, these people are not monsters, but nice men. This is why it is so easy for them to get away with it for a long time. Operation Yewtree has uncovered these horrible men, along with Rolf Harris. I do hope that everything he has received will be taken away from him. I wonder if Her Majesty has had her portrait removed from house today. Child offences are the worst kind, and even the hardest serving criminals will not stand for this. A danger awaits them all. TheDistrict
  • Score: 1

10:39am Tue 1 Jul 14

Buzetti says...

"Can you tell what it is yet?"

Yup, it's a long spell in Jail Rolf!
"Can you tell what it is yet?" Yup, it's a long spell in Jail Rolf! Buzetti
  • Score: 2

8:29pm Tue 1 Jul 14

guisselle says...

Didgereedoo sport what a to-do !
Didgereedoo sport what a to-do ! guisselle
  • Score: 0
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