Rolf Harris sentenced to 5 years and 9 months for indecent assaults

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Rolf Harris was convicted of nine assaults from 1968 to 1985 - one on a girl aged seven or eight, and on teenagers
Rolf Harris was convicted of nine assaults from 1968 to 1985 - one on a girl aged seven or eight, and on teenagers
Rolf Harris arriving at Southwark Crown Court earlier today
Rolf Harris arriving at Southwark Crown Court earlier today
Rolf Harris was found guilty on Monday
Rolf Harris was found guilty on Monday
Court drawing by Elizabeth Cook of Rolf Harris in the dock
Court drawing by Elizabeth Cook of Rolf Harris in the dock

Rolf Harris has been sentenced to five years and nine months in jail after he was found guilty of 12 counts of indecent assault at London's Southwark Crown Court.

The 84-year-old was convicted of nine assaults between 1968 and 1985 - one on a girl aged seven or eight, and the rest on teenagers between 14 and 19.

The remaining three guilty verdicts were for three counts of indecent assault on Tonya Lee, who has waived her right to anonymity, in 1986 when she was 15.

Harris had funded and starred in an educational film warning children of the dangers of paedophiles.

Today at London's Southwark Crown Court, Mr Justice Sweeney told the shamed performer: "You have shown no remorse for your crimes at all.

"Your reputation lies in ruins, you have been stripped of your honours, but you have no one to blame but yourself."

Harris who sat in the glass-walled dock with a striped suitcase by his side remained impassive as sentence was passed, with daughter Bindi watching from the gallery.

His frail wife Alwen did not go to court today, although she has attended much of the trial.

Harris had a small reprieve this morning as prosecutors confirmed he will not stand trial over allegations that he downloaded sexual images of children.

The once-loved entertainer was found guilty on Monday.

Police are now looking into dozens of more claims from alleged victims in the UK, Australia and New Zealand.

Since his conviction Harris, who has been stripped of his Bafta fellowship and faces losing his CBE, has also lost an honorary degree from the University of East London.

Questions have been raised over the future of his artwork, which includes a portrait of Queen Elizabeth, and authorities in his native Western Australia are planning to remove tributes.

His multimillion-pound fortune could also be badly dented by legal costs and compensation claims.