Rolf Harris cleared in new sex crime trial (Details)

By on February 9, 2017
Rolf Harris cleared in new sex crime trial (Details)

Rolf Harris cleared in new sex crime trial (Details)

Rolf Harris cleared of three sexual assault charges at Southwark Crown Court.

Entertainer Rolf Harris has been cleared of three sexual assault charges, but could face a retrial on another four allegations.

A jury took just under a week to find the 86-year-old Australian not guilty of three of the seven alleged assaults said to have taken place over four decades, following a second trial at London’s Southwark Crown Court.

Harris is currently in jail following a 2014 trial which saw him convicted of 12 sex offences against four female victims, one of whom was aged seven or eight.

However, his defence team in this case had claimed the jury in the first trial had “got it wrong” and that the media frenzy surrounding that trial had “without doubt made him vulnerable to people making accusations against him”.

On Wednesday, the jury found Harris was not guilty of indecently assaulting a young autograph hunter when she visited him at a radio station in Portsmouth with her mother at the end of the 1970s; not guilty of groping a blind and disabled woman at Moorfields Eye Hospital in London in 1977, and not guilty of sexually assaulting a woman in her 40s after the filming of a TV show in 2004.

Evidence

The pensioner declined to give evidence at his second trial.

He showed no reaction as the not guilty verdicts were read out by the jury forewoman.

Judge Alistair McCreath discharged the jury from deliberating on the further four counts of which he is accused.

The prosecution team asked for one week to decide if they will apply for a retrial.

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