Rolf Harris, the disgraced Australian entertainer is likely to spent the rest of his life in prison after being sentenced to 5 years 9 months for indecent assault charges on 4 girls. He will be automatically be released after serving half the sentence.
Mr Justice Sweeney handed down the sentence to Harris at 1:15pm (10:15pm AEST) to a packed Court room telling him ‘your reputation lies in ruins…you have no one to blame but yourself’. Harris sat in the dock with two guards by his side, staring straight ahead during sentencing, while his daughter sat in the public gallery.
Earlier in the day the convicted paedophile travelled to London’s Southwark Crown Court by boat along the River Thames from his home in Bray, Berkshire. Carrying a small suitcase it is believed the 84 year old travelled by boat to avoid a waiting media scrum gathered outside his house. He arrive at court with his daughter Bindi and his neice, however his wife Alwen was not with him.
After listening to victim impact statements, the court was then adjourned until after midday local time to consider the sentence.
Earlier in the week Harris was found guilty of indecently assaulting four girls between 1968 and 1986. Jurors unanimously delivered a guilty verdict on all 12 counts of indecent assault.
Harris’ defence claims that the 84 year old was “living on borrowed time” and his prime concern was for his wife’s health.
Meanwhile more towns around Australia are deciding what to do with painting and memorabilia from Rolf Harris. Queensland Schools are looking at whether to ban Rolf Harris songs in schools, while Bundaberg’s Moncrieff Theatre is believed to be considering whether to remove a painting from the entertainer. In recent days he has also been removed from the ARIA Hall of Fame and the suburb in Perth where Harris was born has also removed his special freeman status.