03 November 2014
Rolf Harris Loses First Appeal Bid against His Convictions for Indecent Assault
Rolf Harris has lost the first round of his bid to appeal against his convictions for a series of indecent assaults.
Although a Judge refused Harris’ application for permission to appeal, the 84 year-old can still renew his application before three Judges at the Court of Appeal*.
The disgraced former artist, TV presenter and musician was convicted of 12 counts of indecent assault at London’s Southwark Crown Court in June and jailed for nearly 6 years. His victims included his daughter’s friend of more than 16 years who suffered a ‘catalogue of abuse’ over several years, an 8 year-old autograph hunter, and two girls in their early teens. The offences took place between 1968 and 1986.
After Harris’ appeal move was refused by a single Judge Liz Dux, Abuse Lawyer at Slater and Gordon, who represents victims of Harris said, “The victims will be very relieved. They have already been through the horrific ordeal of a long and extremely stressful trial.
“They want this over so they can get on with their lives as best they can although for some the damage Harris has done will sadly be irreparable.
“We must not forget the very serious nature of the crimes Harris committed. Justice has rightly been done and the victims will be pleased at the outcome.”
Slater and Gordon Lawyers also represent over 170 victims of alleged abuse by Jimmy Savile and numerous alleged abuse victims of Stuart Hall.
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*The Court of Appeal, which sits in London at the Royal Courts of Justice, consists of two divisions - the civil division and the Criminal division. The Civil Division hears appeals from three divisions of the High Court (Chancery, Queen's Bench and Family Division), the County Courts across England and Wales, and from certain Tribunals such as the Employment Appeal Tribunal, the Immigration Appeal Tribunal, the Lands Tribunal and the Social Security Commissioners. The Criminal division hears appeals from the Crown Court.