Entertainer Rolf Harris found GUILTY of 12 charges of indecent assault – including a seven-year-old child

HarrisRolf Harris has today been found guilty of 12 counts of indecent assault, including a 16-year campaign of sexual abuse on his daughter’s best friend from the age of 13.

A seven-year-old autograph hunter was also attacked by the 84-year-old entertainer, who was told jail is ‘inevitable’ after he was convicted of sex attacks on four women between 1968 and 1986.

The paedophile remained impassive in the dock as the jury returned unanimous guilty verdicts and Harris then raised his eyebrows to his wife Alwen as he was led away.

The jury of six men and six women, sitting at London’s Southwark Crown Court deliberated for 38 hours after a two month trial.

Justice Sweeney warned Harris: ‘He will understand that in doing that I’m giving no indication whatsoever as to the nature of the sentence.

‘In reality, given the conviction on all 12 counts it’s inevitable that the type of sentence that is upper most in the court’s mind is a custodial sentence and he must understand that.’

His daughter Bindi held hands with a fellow supporter, and his wife and niece Jenny also watched from the public gallery as his fate was sealed.

Outside the courtroom, a tearful Bindi was seen walking the corridor with Alwen and Jenny, near where her father had been taken into a side room with his legal team.

The jury agreed that the entertainer was a ‘Jekyll and Hyde’ character who had a dark side to his personality and used his fame to abuse under-age girls with impunity.

Harris had claimed he was simply a warm, tactile family man and the victim of lies from four women. Once seen by a UK audience as a national treasure, Harris had enjoyed years of success, netting him a multi-million pound fortune and the chance to paint the Queen.

Harris’ reputation for groping was so widespread that he was dubbed ‘The Octopus’ in TV circles in Australia.

He carefully concealed the ‘demon lurking beneath his charming exterior’ to maintain his reputation as a national treasure during his glittering 60-year career.

The former Animal Hospital star hid his ‘Jekyll and Hyde’ personality as he treated his victims like his ‘pets’.

He arrogantly assumed he was ‘untouchable’ and his ‘dark side’ would never be exposed.

Harris faced 12 charges of indecent assault between 1968 and 1986, seven of which related to the best friend of his only child, Bindi, now 50.

He began grooming the girl when she was 13, treating her like ‘a young puppy’ after first molesting her on a family holiday to Hawaii and Australia in 1978.

Harris continued to target her when they returned to Britain, before ‘psychologically dominating her into womanhood’.

She was ‘dehumanised’ during a 16-year campaign of abuse, which transformed her from a ‘care-free child’ to an ’emotionally scarred adult’, and sparked her descent into depression and chronic alcoholism.





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