ROLF HARRIS TO BE RELEASED FROM PRISON AFTER LESS THAN THREE YEARS AND ATTEND HIS LATEST TRIAL IN PERSON.

Rolf Harris to be released from prison after less than three years and attend his latest trial in person

Martin Evans
The Telegraph18 May 2017

Rolf Harris was jailed in 2014 but will be released on Friday - Heathcliff O'Malley

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Rolf Harris is to be released from prison on Friday after serving less than three years.

The 87-year-old former television star is currently on trial at Southwark Crown Court, where he is facing indecent assault charges.

He had been appearing via videolink but is expected to be in court in person for the remainder of the trial, following his release from prison.

Judge Deborah Taylor told the jury on Thursday that the defendant would be released from Stafford Prison on Friday and he would therefore appear in court in person on bail for the remainder of the trial.

Jurors had previously been told Harris had already been convicted and sentenced for other offences in 2014.

Harris had been appearing at Southwark Crown Court via videolink - Credit: Julia Quenzler/SWNS

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The judge told jurors: “He (Harris) will no longer be appearing in the court via videolink and he will be attending what remains of his trial in person next week.”

The trial, which opened on May 15, will not sit on Friday.

Former Animal Hospital host Harris is standing trial accused of indecently assaulting three teenage girls in the 1970s and 1980s.

Rolf Harris was one of the country's best loved entertainers - Credit: PA

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He is also alleged to have touched a 13-year-old girl’s breast after filming a children’s TV programme and asked her: “Do you often get molested in a Saturday morning?”

He is separately accused of twice groping a third girl, aged 16, after being paid £100 to appear on ITV celebrity show Star Games in 1978, and telling her she was “a little bit irresistible”, the court heard.

He denies four charges of indecent assault against three women between 1971 and 1983.

observation: tomie jones;  ROLF HARRIS was a household name, loved by many. He was a regular phone guest on talk radio Europe. Spanish-English speaking radio, the presenters loved him.TILL THAT FATEFUL DAY CAME ROUND WHEN HE WAS ARRESTED AND SENT TO TRIAL.Though there were those,  who initially said they should not be tried for these historic cases it was a different time and attitudes were different.That made it acceptable, did it? Sexually abusing 16-year-old girls?If you sexually abused a sixteen-year-old today, with their consent by promising success, fame, it is called grooming and is a crime today. SO WHAT IS GOOD FOR THE GOOSE IS GOOD FOR THE GANDER.There is no statute of limitations on sexual crimes.Rolf harris may have got an early release but he is straight back in the dock on three charges of sexual abuse and if found guilty he should go back to prison one would hope for a longer stretch than before.

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