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Post by Gillyspot on Tue May 06, 2014 9:15 am

Rolf Harris trial set to begin in London

Rolf Harris will front court this week for the start of his indecent assault trial which is expected to last two months.


Entertainer Rolf Harris has been in the public eye for most of his life but will this week be under a spotlight more intense than ever when his indecent assault trial begins in London.
Rolf Harris, 84, denies sexually harassing four victims, one as young as seven or eight, between 1968 and 1986.
The Australian is the most well-known celebrity to be charged under Operation Yewtree, the British police probe established in the wake of the Jimmy Savile sex scandal.
Publicist Max Clifford was last week sentenced to at least four years jail for a string of sex assaults against teenagers following a six-week trial at Southwark Crown Court.
The 1980s beige-brick building on the banks of the Thames is where Harris’s trial starts on Tuesday.
It’s expected to take two months and hear from dozens of witnesses.
The small courtroom 2 will be crammed with British and Australian reporters.
Perth-born Harris is even more famous in the UK than his homeland which he left in 1952.
He travelled to London as a 22-year-old to study art and quickly broke into television, initially by drawing cartoons with a puppet called Fuzz.
In 1958 Harris married Welsh sculptress Alwen Hughes who, along with daughter Bindi, has been by Harris’s side at his initial court appearances.
The Australian in mid-January formally pleaded not guilty to 12 counts of indecent assault against four girls aged between seven and 19.
He is also facing four counts of making indecent photographs of a child in 2012.
But he’s yet to be arraigned on the images charges.
Harris’s reputation has already been harmed by the allegations.
The Australian was first questioned in November 2012. Harris was arrested in March 2013, rearrested in early August and charged three weeks later.
Additional counts were added in December.
During 2013 the one-time royal favourite was dropped as the face of British Paints, the host of hit TV show Animal Clinic and as the narrator on Olive the Ostrich.
Harris’s paintings were removed from cruise liners including the Queen Mary 2 and no-one seems to know what’s happened to his 2005 portrait of Her Majesty.
At Harris’s first court date in September 2013 he appeared frail and confused.
He looked healthier and more relaxed when formally pleading not guilty in mid-January. He even hummed a tune to himself as he arrived at court.
The performer, who gave the world the wobble board and the nonsensical Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport, hasn’t been seen in public since.
But all eyes will be on the 84-year-old when he arrives at Southwark Crown Court and takes his place in the dock.

http://www.australiantimes.co.uk/news/uk-australian-news/rolf-harris-trial-set-to-begin-in-london.htm

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Post by PeterMac on Fri May 09, 2014 8:44 am

12 counts of indecent assault.

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Post by plebgate on Fri May 09, 2014 8:55 am

snipped from OP  -  


"  At Harris’s first court date in September 2013 he appeared frail and confused.
He looked healthier and more relaxed when formally pleading not guilty in mid-January. He even hummed a tune to himself as he arrived at court.

The performer, who gave the world the wobble board and the nonsensical Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport, hasn’t been seen in public since.
But all eyes will be on the 84-year-old when he arrives at Southwark Crown Court and takes his place in the dock. "


No sign of thinking of commiting suicide in mid Jan. then?

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Post by ChippyM on Fri May 09, 2014 5:36 pm

There was a letter read out in court which makes for uncomfortable reading.

"BOMBSHELL LETTER: WHAT ROLF HARRIS WROTE TO GIRL'S FATHER
Here is the full text of a letter written by Rolf Harris to the father of one of his alleged victims in March 1997.
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Dear [the father],
'Please forgive me for not writing sooner. You said in your letter to me that you never wanted to see me or hear from me again, but now [the alleged victim] says it's all right to write to you.

'Since that trip up to Norfolk, I have been in a state of abject self loathing. How we delude ourselves.

'I fondly imagined that everything that had taken place had progressed from a feeling of love and friendship - there was no rape, no physical forcing, brutality or beating that took place.

'When I came to Norfolk, [the alleged victim] told me that she had always been terrified of me and went along with everything that I did out of fear of me.

'I said 'Why did you never just say no?'. And [the alleged victim] said how could she say no to the great television star Rolf Harris.

'Until she told me that, I had no idea that she was scared of me.

'She laughs in a bitter way and says I must have known that she has always been scared of me. I honestly didn't know.

'[The alleged victim] keeps saying that this has all been going on since she was 13. She's told you that and you were justly horrified, and she keeps reiterating that to me, no matter what I said to the contrary.

'She says admiring her and telling her she looked lovely in her bathing suit was just the same as physically molesting her. I didn't know. Nothing took place in a physical way until we had moved to Highlands. I think about 1983 or 84 was the first time.

'I can pinpoint a date was 1986, because I remember I was in pantomime at Richmond.

'When I see the misery I have caused [the alleged victim] I am sickened by myself. You can't go back and change things that you have done in this life - I wish to god I could.

'When I came to Norfolk, spent that time with [the alleged victim] and realised the enormity of what I had done to [the alleged victim], and how I had affected her whole life, I begged her for forgiveness and she said 'I forgive you'.

'Whether she really meant it or not, I don't know. I hope she did, but I fear she can never forgive me.

'I find it hard to like myself in any way, shape or form. And as I do these Animal programmes, I see the unconditional love that dogs give to their owners and I wish I could start to love myself again.

'If there is any way that I could atone for what I have done I would willingly do it. If there is a way I can start to help [the alleged victim] to heal herself, I would willingly do it.

'With your permission I'll phone you in a week to talk to you. If you hang up, I will understand, but I would like to talk to you to apologise for betraying your trust and for unwittingly so harming your darling [the alleged victim].

'I know that what I did was wrong but we are, all of us, fallible and oh how I deluded myself.
'Please forgive me, love Rolf.

'Please forgive me for what must have been the most insensitive thing in your eyes - sending the book for Christmas. Alwen knows nothing about all this - at the time - and rather than tell her I signed the book and wrote the platitudes with sinking heart.
'Forgive me.'



Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2624114/Rolf-Harris-trial-hears-confession-letter-alleged-victims-father.html#ixzz31F084v5L "

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Post by Guest on Fri May 09, 2014 5:38 pm

Hope the old goat spends the rest of his days locked up.

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Post by ChippyM on Fri May 09, 2014 5:42 pm

Andrew77R wrote:Hope the old goat spends the rest of his days locked up.


It would certainly be hard to justify that he saw nothing wrong in making comments about how a 13 year old looked in swimwear.

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Post by ultimaThule on Sun May 11, 2014 12:17 pm

@PeterMac wrote:12 counts of indecent assault.

As you say, PeterM , Rolf Harris is before the court on 12 counts of indecent assault but as there appears to be no current reference to the 4 counts of making indecent images of a child or children which it was purported he would also be charged with, can we assume that these are not matters which the jury will be considering before reaching a verdict?

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Post by PeterMac on Sun May 11, 2014 2:32 pm

@ultimaThule wrote:
@PeterMac wrote:12 counts of indecent assault.

As you say, PeterM , Rolf Harris is before the court on 12 counts of indecent assault but as there appears to be no current reference to the 4 counts of making indecent images of a child or children which it was purported he would also be charged with, can we assume that these are not matters which the jury will be considering before reaching a verdict?
Correct. A court can only consider those matters and the evidence actually placed before it.

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Post by bristow on Sun May 11, 2014 4:40 pm

Court artist sacked after releasing first picture from Rolf Harris trial.


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Post by ultimaThule on Tue May 13, 2014 11:59 pm

Day 3 of the prosecution's case: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-27387824

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Post by ultimaThule on Fri May 16, 2014 1:43 am

Day 5 of the prosecution's case http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2629124/Rolf-Harris-trial-hears-sexually-assaulted-girl-7-asked-autograph.htm

Rolf Harris pleads not guilty to the following charges:

Count 1: Indecent assault between 5/4/80 and 4/4/81 on girl aged 15
Count 2: Indecent assault between 5/4/80 and 4/4/81 on same girl, 15
Count 3: Indecent assault between 5/4/80 and 4/4/81 on same girl, 15
Count 4: Indecent assault between 5/4/80 and 4/4/81 on same girl, 15
Count 5: Indecent assault between 5/4/80 and 4/4/81 on same girl, 15
Count 6: Indecent assault between 5/4/80 and 4/4/81 on same girl, 15
Count 7: Indecent assault between 1/1/84 and 1/1/85 on same girl, then aged 19

Count 8: Indecent assault on 31/5/86 on second girl, aged 14
Count 9: Indecent assault on same girl, 14
Count 10: Indecent assault on 31/5/86 on same girl, 14

Count 11: Indecent assault between 1/1/68 and 1/1/70 on third girl, aged 7-8

Count 12: Indecent assault on fourth girl, 14, between 1/1/75 and 1/1/76

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Post by ultimaThule on Tue May 20, 2014 9:24 pm

This link goes to a potted version of yesterday's proceedings (Day 6) and also provides updates on the testimony given in court today (Day 7): http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/rolf-harris-trial-recap-updates-3573577

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Post by ultimaThule on Thu May 22, 2014 2:16 pm

Day 8 (Wednesday 21 May) of the trial... the prosecution's case continues:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2635124/Rolf-Harris-trial-hears-allegedly-molested-make-artist-shift.html

Day 9 (Thursday 22 May) of the trial.  Today's proceedings ended early: http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/rolf-harris-trial-recap-jury-3586225  The prosecution is expected to close its case tomorrow.

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Post by Guest on Thu May 22, 2014 3:43 pm

Seems like strange behaviour from Rolf's former son-in-law (sort of).

Did he do anything to ensure that his son was safe after he knew of the allegations made? Tearing up a photo of his son and Rolf is not sufficient!

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Post by ultimaThule on Fri May 23, 2014 1:56 pm

Day 10 of the trial. The prosecution has rested its case and the defence begins on Tuesday (27 May).

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Post by ultimaThule on Fri May 23, 2014 5:37 pm

A report of today's proceedings: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-27541102

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Post by Guest on Tue May 27, 2014 9:06 pm

I don't know whether anyone will know the answer but I wonder why there was no mention of the charge of allegedly possessing child porn. Maybe he's to be tried separately on that?

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Post by ultimaThule on Tue May 27, 2014 9:28 pm

@PeterMac wrote:
@ultimaThule wrote:
@PeterMac wrote:12 counts of indecent assault.

As you say, PeterM , Rolf Harris is before the court on 12 counts of indecent assault but as there appears to be no current reference to the 4 counts of making indecent images of a child or children which it was purported he would also be charged with, can we assume that these are not matters which the jury will be considering before reaching a verdict?
Correct.  A court can only consider those matters and the evidence actually placed before it.  

Bumping this earlier post up for you NFWTD.  It's apparent that, with regard to the trial which is currently taking place at Southwark Crown Court, Mr Harris has not been indicted on any charges other than the 12 counts of indecent assault on which the jury will be asked to return a verdict in due course.

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Post by PeterMac on Wed May 28, 2014 7:34 am

It is reported that he sang "Jake the Peg" to the court !

Sufficient for Life imprisonment in solitary confinement, I think

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Post by aiyoyo on Wed May 28, 2014 7:40 am

Not looking good for him !

But jury is unreliably hard to predict.

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Post by ultimaThule on Wed May 28, 2014 7:52 am

With a further 10 years consecutive for imitating the sound of his 'wobble board' and shaking his didgeridoo an imaginary sheet of hardboard, PeterMac?  smilie

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