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Rolf Harris jailed for five years and nine months

Veteran entertainer Rolf Harris has been sentenced to five years and nine months in prison for indecently assaulting four girls over a near 20-year period.

The 84-year-old was convicted of all 12 counts after a eight-week trial at Southwark Crown Court.

Rolf Harris was found guilty of all 12 counts of indecent assault. ? Credit: PA Wire

Harris was found to have repeatedly abused his daughter's childhood friend from the age of 13, including an occasion when his daughter was in the same room.

He also groped a woman when she was seven or eight-years-old while signing autographs.

Sentencing, the judge said the entertainer had shown "no remorse" for his crimes.

Read: Veteran entertainer and family man exposed as child abuser



Rolf Harris 'should be given some hope for the future'

by Juliet Bremner: ITV News Correspondent

By Juliet Bremner: ITV News Correspondent

The barrister for Rolf Harris has told the court that with the exception of one of his victims the offences were "brief" and that they were "opportunistic rather than predatory."

Sonia Woodley QC said that there was no evidence that he had committed any inappropriate sexual behaviour for the last 20 years.

The court was told that three large files of letters and two bags of cards had been received from well-wisher's since his conviction offering him support.

Harris's defence team have been laying out their mitigating argument ahead of sentencing. Credit: PA Wire

She also that he was 84 and "already on borrowed time" she said "everyday in prison is going to shorten his life".

Court was also told that impact on his frail and ill wife, Alwen, would be severe if he was sent to jail. He had been her main carer and had looked after her with "love and devotion".

She asked that he be given "some hope for the future that he will be able to spend some of his twilight years with his family."

Read: Rolf victim says she felt 'dirty and sordid' because of abuse



Rolf Harris arrives at court for sentencing

Rolf Harris arriving at court this morning. Credit: ITV News

Disgraced entertainer Rolf Harris has arrived at Southwark Crown Court for sentencing.

The 84-year-old was found guilty of 12 counts of indecent assault.

Harris has been warned that he faces a custodial sentence for his crimes.

The veteran entertainer arrived with his only daughter Bindi, but without his wife Alwen who was a constant presence during the trial.


Rolf Harris avoids reporters by travelling by boat

Rolf Harris ensured he avoided reporters outside his Berkshire home today by travelling by boat.

Harris, 84, left his house, which backs on to the River Thames, shortly after 7am.

The disgraced entertainer is due to be sentenced later on this morning at Southwark Crown Court for indecently assaulting four girls over nearly 20 years.


Rolf Harris to be sentenced for indecent assaults

Disgraced entertainer Rolf Harris could face dying behind bars after he is sentenced for a string of indecent assaults. The shamed TV star was found guilty of 12 counts at London's Southwark Crown Court on Monday in unanimous verdicts by a jury of six men and six women.

Rolf Harris to be sentenced for indecent assaults Credit: Metropolitan Police/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Harris, 84, from Bray in Berkshire, was convicted of nine assaults between 1968 and 1985 - one on a girl aged seven or eight, and the rest on teenagers between 14 and 19. The law at the time put the punishment at a maximum of two years, or five years for victims under 13.

The remaining three guilty verdicts were for three counts of indecent assault on Tonya Lee, who has waived her right to anonymity, in 1986 when she was 15, when the maximum penalty had changed to 10 years.

Read: Rolf Harris to be sentenced over indecent assault convictions

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