Rolf Harris found guilty of 12 counts of indecent assault of four girls

Original story from July 1st, 2014

ROLF Harris has been found guilty of sexually assaulting four teenage school girls over an almost 20-year period with a jury unanimously declaring him guilty on all charges in a sensational conclusion to his long running trial.

After eight days of deliberations as the trial entered its eighth week, the six man and six woman jury returned to court 2 of Southwark Crown Court in central London shortly after lunch (local time) to unanimously declare his guilt.

The 84-year-old Harris — a household name with more than 50 years in the music, art and TV entertainment industries — was expressionless as Judge Nigel Sweeney asked the jury forewoman for their verdict.

As he left the defendant’s dock, Harris managed a reassuring nod and grimace for his family who held hands and comforted each other.

For seven weeks they had heard claims by the prosecution their loved one was a sinister pervert who groomed girls for abuse, and despite making audible remarks and head shakes while victims testified, yesterday they said nothing in the face of the verdict.

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