More Women Claim To Have Been Sexually Assaulted By Rolf Harris

As it seems to be the way with cases such as this, the much publicised Operation Yewtree investigation and trial of entertainer Rolf Harris has resulted in a slew of additional abuse allegations.

It was known at the time of trial that there were other women who came forward to say they had been sexually assaulted, six of whom gave supporting evidence in the trail but whose claims Harris could not be charged over, because they happened outside of the UK in Australia, Malta and New Zealand between 1969 and 1991.

After being sentenced to five years and nine months for 12 indecent assaults on four girls – with an expectation that he would actually serve only three of those years – there were many who wondered why Rolf Harris received such a lenient sentence. Yesterday it was reported that Harris was recently moved to a “softer” prison following a few incidences with other inmates, including being spat on, due the belief that he was getting “special treatment.” 

Whilst passing sentence in the case, Justice Sweeney said of Harris: “You have shown no remorse for your crimes at all. Your reputation now lies in ruins, you have been stripped of your honours but you have no one to blame but yourself.”
It is understood that of the ten women to have come forward, a number were under age at the time of the alleged assault and that the incidences which are found to have happened in Australia and New Zealand will be handled by local police. The former detective who was involved in the original investigation, Mark Williams-Thomas said of the new information: “These new allegations are very serious in nature and could mean that Harris will face more charges.”

via Guardian
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