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Rolf Harris is released from prison

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86 year old entertainer Rolf Harris, from Bray in Berkshire, has been released from Stafford Prison, prison staff have confirmed.

The Australian-born TV personality has been appearing at his indecent assault trial at Southwark Crown Court via video link from the prison.

But Judge Deborah Taylor told the jury that the 87-year-old would be able to appear in person for the remainder of the trial.

He is facing trial on four sex offence charges, involving the indecent assault of three teenage girls in the 1970s and 1980s.

One of the counts centres on allegations that he touched a 13-year-old girl's breast after filming a children's TV programme and asked her: "Do you often get molested on a Saturday morning?"

He is also accused of twice groping a third girl, aged 16, after being paid £100 to appear on ITV celebrity show Star Games - telling her she was "a little bit irresistible", the court heard.

The jury has previously been told that Harris had already been convicted and sentenced for other offences in 2014.

He denies all four charges of indecent assault. The trial continues.


Rolf Harris jailed for assaults against young girls

Rolf Harris is tonight in jail - sentenced to five years and nine months for assaults against young girls - one when she was just seven or eight.

The entertainer had left his home, in Bray, in Berkshire, on a boat on the River Thames to avoid the press, as he headed to court for sentencing.

He was found guilty of crimes between 1968 and 1986. One of his victims said he'd taken her childhood innocence.

Tonight, there are calls for his sentence to be increased. His case has been referred to the Attorney General for being "too lenient". Andrew Pate reports on the day's events.

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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.


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

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."

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