Following a seven week trial at Southwark Crown Court Harris has been convicted on all 12 counts of indecent assault, his victims aged between seven and fifteen years old.
Rolf Harris has been released on bail until Friday, 5th July where he will be sentenced. Mr Justice Sweeney when bailing Rolf Harris warned that a custodial sentence would be possible. A medical report has been ordered in readiness for Friday’s hearing.
It has been confirmed that throughout the trial other victims have come forward but is it not clear at this stage whether or not there will be further investigations.
Today’s conviction is justice for the victims and a success for the Crown Prosecution Service and Operation Yewtree who have worked tirelessly throughout the operation.
Rolf Harris’ victims are now left to pick up the pieces vindicated by the jury's verdict they have had to relive distressing moments in their lives to gain justice. The Crown Prosecution Service are right to review best practice in this type of case, but for now we must spare a thought for the victims, who have had the courage to come forward.
Slater and Gordon’s specialist abuse team are currently representing over 200 victims who have made complaints against Savile, Hall and Clifford to Operation Yewtree. Our team have many years of experience in dealing with individuals who have been affected by abuse and understand the difficulties faced when taking the brave step to ‘speak out’.
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