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Singer Roy Harper sex trial

Veteran folk and rock performer Roy Harper is set to be tried next year over allegations he committed a string of sex offences in the Herefordshire area in the 1970s.

Singer Roy Harper faces child sex trial

Veteran folk and rock performer Roy Harper is set to be tried next year over allegations he committed a string of sex offences in the Herefordshire area in the 1970s.

Roy Harper Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The singer-songwriter, who has performed with Pink Floyd and influenced rock band Led Zeppelin, was not required to appear for a short preliminary hearing held at Worcester Crown Court.

Harper, of Rossmore, near Clonakilty, Co Cork, in the Republic of Ireland, faces nine charges, including two counts of having unlawful sexual intercourse with a girl aged under 13.

The singer also faces three charges of indecent assault and four of gross indecency relating to the same alleged victim.

West Mercia Police announced last month that Harper had been charged with the offences, which are alleged to have occurred in the mid-1970s.

The 72-year-old is on unconditional bail and will next appear at the court on March 24, 2014 for a plea hearing.

A trial date has been set for August next year.

The prolific performer has produced more than 30 albums during his career.

Harper had been due to play on a bill alongside the likes of Eric Clapton and Robert Plant at London's Royal Festival Hall on Tuesday but has now withdrawn from the line-up. He was among the acts who had agreed to appear at a tribute to folk guitarist Bert Jansch, who died two years ago.

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