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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. One of his victims told ITV News he was a "nasty man" who took advantage his position.

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  1. Juliet Bremner: ITV News Correspondent

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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