Friday, September 19, 2014   

TV star faces jail for sex assaults
(07-04 16:07)

Television star Rolf Harris, a household name in Britain and Australia for over 50 years, faces jail on Friday when he is sentenced for a string of indecent assaults on women and girls.
The Australian-born children's entertainer, artist and songwriter was on Monday found guilty of 12 counts of assault on four girls and young women aged from seven to 19 between 1968 and 1986.
The 84-year-old has been on bail since his conviction and left his home on the River Thames in Berkshire, west of London, by boat as he headed to the capital for sentencing, according to media reports.
The judge had asked for a medical report before considering his sentence, but warned Harris is likely to face jail time.
``In reality, given the conviction on all 12 counts, it is inevitable that the type of sentence that is uppermost in the court's mind is a custodial sentence and he must understand that,'' Judge Nigel Sweeney said.
The conviction of Harris caused shock and soul-searching in Britain and was a spectacular fall from grace for one of the country's best-loved performers.
He was the second person to be convicted under Operation Yewtree, a wide-ranging police investigation set up after allegations that another television star Jimmy Savile was a prolific abuser. --AFP   
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