Rolf Harris jailed for five years and nine months for string of indecent assaults

Rolf Harris jailed for five years and nine months for string of indecent assaults

Rolf Harris jailed for five years and nine months for string of indecent assaults

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Rolf Harris faces spending the rest of his natural life behind bars after he was jailed for five years and nine months for a string of sex crimes involving four girls.

The 84-year-old entertainer, a family favourite for decades, was finally unmasked as a prolific paedophile with his conviction for 12 indecent assaults on Monday.

Today, at London's Southwark Crown Court, Mr Justice Sweeney told the shamed performer he had shown no remorse, and his reputation was now in ruins.

Harris was unanimously found guilty of molesting four girls - one woman who was just seven or eight and was groped when she asked for his autograph, and another two who fell prey as young teenagers.

The veteran presenter, who charmed television audiences for decades, was also convicted of a catalogue of abuse against his daughter's then-best friend, whom prosecutors said Harris groomed from the age of 13 and used like ''his little toy''.

The accusations dated back to between 1968 and 1986, and the girls were targeted between the ages of seven or eight and 19.

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1:46pm Fri 4 Jul 14

Bob49 says...

now let's see why there is so much interest in Leon Brittan .............. and numerous other political figures
now let's see why there is so much interest in Leon Brittan .............. and numerous other political figures Bob49
  • Score: 12

1:50pm Fri 4 Jul 14

burgerboy says...

Rot in jail you nonce............
Rot in jail you nonce............ burgerboy
  • Score: 10

1:51pm Fri 4 Jul 14

skydriver says...

It's a disgrace should be for the rest of his life, he will be out in 2 years,
What a joke the judge is, I wonder what the outcome would have been if one of his children were involved!
It's a disgrace should be for the rest of his life, he will be out in 2 years, What a joke the judge is, I wonder what the outcome would have been if one of his children were involved! skydriver
  • Score: 8

1:54pm Fri 4 Jul 14

we-shall-see says...

skydriver wrote:
It's a disgrace should be for the rest of his life, he will be out in 2 years,
What a joke the judge is, I wonder what the outcome would have been if one of his children were involved!
The Judge can only sentence him to terms which were in force *at the time he committed his acts* - rather than the terms of in-prisonment which are in force for the same crimes today. Molestation of a child carried a term of just 9 months back in the 1960's!
[quote][p][bold]skydriver[/bold] wrote: It's a disgrace should be for the rest of his life, he will be out in 2 years, What a joke the judge is, I wonder what the outcome would have been if one of his children were involved![/p][/quote]The Judge can only sentence him to terms which were in force *at the time he committed his acts* - rather than the terms of in-prisonment which are in force for the same crimes today. Molestation of a child carried a term of just 9 months back in the 1960's! we-shall-see
  • Score: 4

1:55pm Fri 4 Jul 14

burgerboy says...

skydriver wrote:
It's a disgrace should be for the rest of his life, he will be out in 2 years,
What a joke the judge is, I wonder what the outcome would have been if one of his children were involved!
With any luck it will be the rest of his life.......
[quote][p][bold]skydriver[/bold] wrote: It's a disgrace should be for the rest of his life, he will be out in 2 years, What a joke the judge is, I wonder what the outcome would have been if one of his children were involved![/p][/quote]With any luck it will be the rest of his life....... burgerboy
  • Score: 3

3:00pm Fri 4 Jul 14

rudolph_hucker says...

I hope he gets a right kicking inside. Or shanked up.
I hope he gets a right kicking inside. Or shanked up. rudolph_hucker
  • Score: -1

3:46pm Fri 4 Jul 14

StVallier says...

Did he drug his victims first, Rolfhypnol perhaps?
Did he drug his victims first, Rolfhypnol perhaps? StVallier
  • Score: -9

4:31pm Fri 4 Jul 14

MrPitiful says...

I wonder if the Queen still has the portrait he did of her up on her wall?
I wonder if the Queen still has the portrait he did of her up on her wall? MrPitiful
  • Score: 3

5:21pm Fri 4 Jul 14

Townee says...

we-shall-see wrote:
skydriver wrote:
It's a disgrace should be for the rest of his life, he will be out in 2 years,
What a joke the judge is, I wonder what the outcome would have been if one of his children were involved!
The Judge can only sentence him to terms which were in force *at the time he committed his acts* - rather than the terms of in-prisonment which are in force for the same crimes today. Molestation of a child carried a term of just 9 months back in the 1960's!
On the BBC news this morning it said 9 of the offences carried out would have carried 2 years sentences each, the ones committed in the last 10 years would have got 9 years each. They said if the full force of the law was applied he would have gone down for40 years but we all know how soft judges are now.
[quote][p][bold]we-shall-see[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]skydriver[/bold] wrote: It's a disgrace should be for the rest of his life, he will be out in 2 years, What a joke the judge is, I wonder what the outcome would have been if one of his children were involved![/p][/quote]The Judge can only sentence him to terms which were in force *at the time he committed his acts* - rather than the terms of in-prisonment which are in force for the same crimes today. Molestation of a child carried a term of just 9 months back in the 1960's![/p][/quote]On the BBC news this morning it said 9 of the offences carried out would have carried 2 years sentences each, the ones committed in the last 10 years would have got 9 years each. They said if the full force of the law was applied he would have gone down for40 years but we all know how soft judges are now. Townee
  • Score: 5

5:45pm Fri 4 Jul 14

rubberbandman5 says...

And to think he was also the face of the RSPCA's animal hospital. I wouldn't trust that sicko with a cat?
And to think he was also the face of the RSPCA's animal hospital. I wouldn't trust that sicko with a cat? rubberbandman5
  • Score: 9

7:26pm Fri 4 Jul 14

keith milton says...

but no politicians or royals,

westminster and buck palace is full of these satanic paedophile rings,

but i guess they are above the law.
but no politicians or royals, westminster and buck palace is full of these satanic paedophile rings, but i guess they are above the law. keith milton
  • Score: -9

8:11pm Fri 4 Jul 14

ranger_bob says...

keith milton wrote:
but no politicians or royals,

westminster and buck palace is full of these satanic paedophile rings,

but i guess they are above the law.
I would be very interested to hear your evidence for such a libelous accusation.
[quote][p][bold]keith milton[/bold] wrote: but no politicians or royals, westminster and buck palace is full of these satanic paedophile rings, but i guess they are above the law.[/p][/quote]I would be very interested to hear your evidence for such a libelous accusation. ranger_bob
  • Score: 0

9:50pm Fri 4 Jul 14

boyerboy says...

One wonders about that poor kangaroo.
One wonders about that poor kangaroo. boyerboy
  • Score: 5

10:31pm Fri 4 Jul 14

boardsandphotos says...

ranger_bob wrote:
keith milton wrote:
but no politicians or royals,

westminster and buck palace is full of these satanic paedophile rings,

but i guess they are above the law.
I would be very interested to hear your evidence for such a libelous accusation.
Keith likes to suggest there is always somekind of conspiracy but has very rarely posted anything more than what you have already read above.

Go for it Keith, we're all ears....
[quote][p][bold]ranger_bob[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]keith milton[/bold] wrote: but no politicians or royals, westminster and buck palace is full of these satanic paedophile rings, but i guess they are above the law.[/p][/quote]I would be very interested to hear your evidence for such a libelous accusation.[/p][/quote]Keith likes to suggest there is always somekind of conspiracy but has very rarely posted anything more than what you have already read above. Go for it Keith, we're all ears.... boardsandphotos
  • Score: 0

11:08pm Fri 4 Jul 14

cheeriedriteup says...

IMO he goes unpunished, at 84 years of age he has had his life, he will be fed and watered in jail, he will still do the thing he loves - painting, he will probably benefit from an auto biography , his portraits of paintings will swell in value, has he really been punished, bring back the gallows !!!!
IMO he goes unpunished, at 84 years of age he has had his life, he will be fed and watered in jail, he will still do the thing he loves - painting, he will probably benefit from an auto biography , his portraits of paintings will swell in value, has he really been punished, bring back the gallows !!!! cheeriedriteup
  • Score: -2

11:32pm Fri 4 Jul 14

rotcoddam says...

This probably isn't a popular comment but I do wonder what exactly is really gained by all this raking up things which happened almost half a century ago. Could not the vast budget for the police and legislators be better spent on matters that really effect the daily lives of people today and which prioritising of expenditure might even prevent.
Yes these people being pursued, under operation yewtree and its various associates, where guilty of completely unacceptable behavior and did some pretty awful and reprehensible things. As did lots of others, who will never be brought to book. I am sure many similar and much worse things are happening today, as society does seem to me to be going backwards as far as reasonable, normal and civilised behavior is concerned.
Yes a number of people have finally decided that these celebraties destroyed their lives and have found the courage to speak out. One does wonder as to a girls vague memory of being "groped" almost fifty years ago having such a traumatic effect on her for the rest of her life. Especially as at the age she was it is hardly likely she really had any understanding of the wrongness of it. Then again only those involved can really judge that.
On the other hand entertainers like Rolf Harris enriched the daily lives of many millions of people around the world, and did an awfull lot of good things.
As I say probably not a popular view but then again a valid one.
This probably isn't a popular comment but I do wonder what exactly is really gained by all this raking up things which happened almost half a century ago. Could not the vast budget for the police and legislators be better spent on matters that really effect the daily lives of people today and which prioritising of expenditure might even prevent. Yes these people being pursued, under operation yewtree and its various associates, where guilty of completely unacceptable behavior and did some pretty awful and reprehensible things. As did lots of others, who will never be brought to book. I am sure many similar and much worse things are happening today, as society does seem to me to be going backwards as far as reasonable, normal and civilised behavior is concerned. Yes a number of people have finally decided that these celebraties destroyed their lives and have found the courage to speak out. One does wonder as to a girls vague memory of being "groped" almost fifty years ago having such a traumatic effect on her for the rest of her life. Especially as at the age she was it is hardly likely she really had any understanding of the wrongness of it. Then again only those involved can really judge that. On the other hand entertainers like Rolf Harris enriched the daily lives of many millions of people around the world, and did an awfull lot of good things. As I say probably not a popular view but then again a valid one. rotcoddam
  • Score: 1

11:34pm Fri 4 Jul 14

Huey says...

keith milton wrote:
but no politicians or royals,

westminster and buck palace is full of these satanic paedophile rings,

but i guess they are above the law.
David Icke knew. Okay they weren't reptiles but he saw and knew something equally disturbing.
Ted Heath was in on it as well. On that yacht with savile, regularly stopping off at the children's home in the Channel Islands.
He was one of them as well I reckon.
[quote][p][bold]keith milton[/bold] wrote: but no politicians or royals, westminster and buck palace is full of these satanic paedophile rings, but i guess they are above the law.[/p][/quote]David Icke knew. Okay they weren't reptiles but he saw and knew something equally disturbing. Ted Heath was in on it as well. On that yacht with savile, regularly stopping off at the children's home in the Channel Islands. He was one of them as well I reckon. Huey
  • Score: -5

12:20am Sat 5 Jul 14

Sir Beachy Head says...

Prince Edward likes a sausage now and again, know what i mean !

Anyway i feel a bit sorry for Rolph. No doubt when he walks down the wing for the first time all the othes prisoners will start singing

'Heres Jake the peg deedle deedle deedle dee'

On the plus side, when the toilet block needs a fresh lick of paint, Rolphs the man. It'll save on getting a contractor in.
Prince Edward likes a sausage now and again, know what i mean ! Anyway i feel a bit sorry for Rolph. No doubt when he walks down the wing for the first time all the othes prisoners will start singing 'Heres Jake the peg deedle deedle deedle dee' On the plus side, when the toilet block needs a fresh lick of paint, Rolphs the man. It'll save on getting a contractor in. Sir Beachy Head
  • Score: 2

12:55am Sat 5 Jul 14

kburke says...

Much as I feel sorry for the girls, now women, concerned, I've wondered what would happen if a woman reported to the police that the man down the road had groped her 50 years ago.
Much as I feel sorry for the girls, now women, concerned, I've wondered what would happen if a woman reported to the police that the man down the road had groped her 50 years ago. kburke
  • Score: 5

9:45am Sat 5 Jul 14

teri10 says...

rotcoddam wrote:
This probably isn't a popular comment but I do wonder what exactly is really gained by all this raking up things which happened almost half a century ago. Could not the vast budget for the police and legislators be better spent on matters that really effect the daily lives of people today and which prioritising of expenditure might even prevent.
Yes these people being pursued, under operation yewtree and its various associates, where guilty of completely unacceptable behavior and did some pretty awful and reprehensible things. As did lots of others, who will never be brought to book. I am sure many similar and much worse things are happening today, as society does seem to me to be going backwards as far as reasonable, normal and civilised behavior is concerned.
Yes a number of people have finally decided that these celebraties destroyed their lives and have found the courage to speak out. One does wonder as to a girls vague memory of being "gropedHear hear, I agree with this statement totally. I am curious, these are 'historic' offences, how do they actually get physical proof on any of the allegations?
[quote][p][bold]rotcoddam[/bold] wrote: This probably isn't a popular comment but I do wonder what exactly is really gained by all this raking up things which happened almost half a century ago. Could not the vast budget for the police and legislators be better spent on matters that really effect the daily lives of people today and which prioritising of expenditure might even prevent. Yes these people being pursued, under operation yewtree and its various associates, where guilty of completely unacceptable behavior and did some pretty awful and reprehensible things. As did lots of others, who will never be brought to book. I am sure many similar and much worse things are happening today, as society does seem to me to be going backwards as far as reasonable, normal and civilised behavior is concerned. Yes a number of people have finally decided that these celebraties destroyed their lives and have found the courage to speak out. One does wonder as to a girls vague memory of being "gropedHear hear, I agree with this statement totally. I am curious, these are 'historic' offences, how do they actually get physical proof on any of the allegations? teri10
  • Score: -1

11:43am Sat 5 Jul 14

Sir Beachy Head says...

kburke wrote:
Much as I feel sorry for the girls, now women, concerned, I've wondered what would happen if a woman reported to the police that the man down the road had groped her 50 years ago.
You'll be fine, deny everything.
[quote][p][bold]kburke[/bold] wrote: Much as I feel sorry for the girls, now women, concerned, I've wondered what would happen if a woman reported to the police that the man down the road had groped her 50 years ago.[/p][/quote]You'll be fine, deny everything. Sir Beachy Head
  • Score: 0

11:51am Sat 5 Jul 14

boardsandphotos says...

teri10 wrote:
rotcoddam wrote:
This probably isn't a popular comment but I do wonder what exactly is really gained by all this raking up things which happened almost half a century ago. Could not the vast budget for the police and legislators be better spent on matters that really effect the daily lives of people today and which prioritising of expenditure might even prevent.
Yes these people being pursued, under operation yewtree and its various associates, where guilty of completely unacceptable behavior and did some pretty awful and reprehensible things. As did lots of others, who will never be brought to book. I am sure many similar and much worse things are happening today, as society does seem to me to be going backwards as far as reasonable, normal and civilised behavior is concerned.
Yes a number of people have finally decided that these celebraties destroyed their lives and have found the courage to speak out. One does wonder as to a girls vague memory of being "gropedHear hear, I agree with this statement totally. I am curious, these are 'historic' offences, how do they actually get physical proof on any of the allegations?Despite the charge of owning indecent images of children on his PC being dropped that information ckearly went against him and the guilty vote for indecent assault was unanimous.
[quote][p][bold]teri10[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]rotcoddam[/bold] wrote: This probably isn't a popular comment but I do wonder what exactly is really gained by all this raking up things which happened almost half a century ago. Could not the vast budget for the police and legislators be better spent on matters that really effect the daily lives of people today and which prioritising of expenditure might even prevent. Yes these people being pursued, under operation yewtree and its various associates, where guilty of completely unacceptable behavior and did some pretty awful and reprehensible things. As did lots of others, who will never be brought to book. I am sure many similar and much worse things are happening today, as society does seem to me to be going backwards as far as reasonable, normal and civilised behavior is concerned. Yes a number of people have finally decided that these celebraties destroyed their lives and have found the courage to speak out. One does wonder as to a girls vague memory of being "gropedHear hear, I agree with this statement totally. I am curious, these are 'historic' offences, how do they actually get physical proof on any of the allegations?[/p][/quote]Despite the charge of owning indecent images of children on his PC being dropped that information ckearly went against him and the guilty vote for indecent assault was unanimous. boardsandphotos
  • Score: -3

1:24pm Sat 5 Jul 14

Arjay says...

Anyone who remembers working within the Bournemouth summer season entertainment business in the 1970s, with big name stars appearing all summer at the Winter Gardens and Pavilion, will know that Rolf Harris was not the only big name who was known as a 'groper' (Harris starred at the Winter Gardens in the summer of 1975). For many of the show girls, it was almost an 'occupational hazard' at that time... and I don't think they probably felt it would be worthwhile reporting it to the police anyway. Certainly not in those days
Some of the 'stars' from that time will have got away with it (so far). Rolf Harris, Max Clifford and Stuart Hall have not.

The paedophilia aspects of his convictions are a different matter......no way could that ever have been considered an 'occupational hazard'....
So even if there was a different attitude to the 'sexual assault' of adults in those days, the abuse of children has never been acceptable, and Harris' conviction on those charges would have been expected at any time - past present or future......although I suspect that sentencing would have been even more lenient in earlier times.
I'm guessing there may be one or two more 'celebrities' from around that time, who are constantly looking over their shoulders these days?......
Anyone who remembers working within the Bournemouth summer season entertainment business in the 1970s, with big name stars appearing all summer at the Winter Gardens and Pavilion, will know that Rolf Harris was not the only big name who was known as a 'groper' (Harris starred at the Winter Gardens in the summer of 1975). For many of the show girls, it was almost an 'occupational hazard' at that time... and I don't think they probably felt it would be worthwhile reporting it to the police anyway. Certainly not in those days Some of the 'stars' from that time will have got away with it (so far). Rolf Harris, Max Clifford and Stuart Hall have not. The paedophilia aspects of his convictions are a different matter......no way could that ever have been considered an 'occupational hazard'.... So even if there was a different attitude to the 'sexual assault' of adults in those days, the abuse of children has never been acceptable, and Harris' conviction on those charges would have been expected at any time - past present or future......although I suspect that sentencing would have been even more lenient in earlier times. I'm guessing there may be one or two more 'celebrities' from around that time, who are constantly looking over their shoulders these days?...... Arjay
  • Score: 2

10:19pm Sat 5 Jul 14

Baysider says...

I suggest all those trying to suggest that he was convicted for being a bit too touchy feelie have a look at the judges summing up where he sets out EXACTLY what he did. A touch more than the likes of rotcoddam et al are suggesting.
I suggest all those trying to suggest that he was convicted for being a bit too touchy feelie have a look at the judges summing up where he sets out EXACTLY what he did. A touch more than the likes of rotcoddam et al are suggesting. Baysider
  • Score: 2

5:53am Sun 6 Jul 14

hamworthygirl says...

A huge difference in being groped by someone famous however wrong and sexually assaulting very young children. I sincerely hope all the people that knew or suspected that the likes of rolf harris and jimmy saville were up to these things regret not saying anything at the time. I also hope it will encourage men or women to come forward at the time of the assault and not be too scared to report it.
A huge difference in being groped by someone famous however wrong and sexually assaulting very young children. I sincerely hope all the people that knew or suspected that the likes of rolf harris and jimmy saville were up to these things regret not saying anything at the time. I also hope it will encourage men or women to come forward at the time of the assault and not be too scared to report it. hamworthygirl
  • Score: 2

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