When it was announced overnight that entertainer Rolf Harris would be spending five years and nine months in prison for indecently assaulting four girls, the sentence was immediately and vocally condemned as being far too lenient.
Additionally, while Harris was found guilty on all 12 counts brought against him, not all counts could be given consecutive prison terms, meaning that some must be served concurrently. This, the Telegraph report, was another deciding factor in his short sentence.
There is still scope for an appeal against the term handed down by Justice Nigel Sweeney. As of this morning, the sentence has already been referred to UK attorney-general Dominic Grieve for investigation and review.
“I can confirm the sentence handed to Rolf Harris today has been referred to the attorney-general’s office under the unduly lenient sentence scheme,” said a spokesman for the attorney-general.