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Rolf Harris jailed for nearly six years

Friday, Jul 04, 2014 - 01:42

Veteran entertainer Rolf Harris leaves Southwark Crown Court in a van after being jailed for almost six years for sexually assaulting young girls. Joel Flynn reports.

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He arrived in a taxi, flanked by family members and surrounded by scores of cameras. But Rolf Harris left court on Friday July 4 in a police van, facing disgrace, humiliation and prison. The 84-year-old Australian was sentenced earlier in the day to nearly six years in jail for repeatedly abusing young girls during decades as a beloved host of children's television shows. Harris' daughter Bindi Nicholls left the court after sentencing. His family made no comment. But a statement from the brother of one of the victims, read out by a representative, made it clear that while Harris himself might be gone for now, the memories of what he had done to his victims would remain. SOUNDBITE: Unidentified representative, reading statement written by brother of a unidentified victim, saying (English): "My sister has only had eight years of her life without this incident going round in her head and that was her first eight. After these cameras have been dismantled and the media circus has rolled onto another town, it will still be with her, as it will the other girls." The British court had found Harris guilty earlier this week of 12 counts of assault on four girls between 1968 and 1986. Some were as young as seven or eight. Handing down the sentence, Judge Nigel Sweeney said the veteran entertainer had shown no remorse for the harm he had done. Harris was the biggest name to go on trial since British police launched Operation Yewtree to investigate celebrity child abuse. That operation is ongoing.

Rolf Harris jailed for nearly six years

Friday, Jul 04, 2014 - 01:42

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