UPDATE FROM BBC, JUNE 30, 2014
Veteran entertainer Rolf Harris has been found guilty of indecently assaulting four girls.
The 84-year-old was convicted of 12 attacks between 1968 and 1986.
One of the victims was a childhood friend of his daughter, Bindi. Another was aged seven or eight.
During his seven-week trial, prosecutors portrayed Harris as a “Jekyll and Hyde” character, who had a dark side to his personality. He will be sentenced on Friday.
The judge, Mr Justice Sweeney, said a custodial term was “uppermost in the court’s mind”.
The central allegation concerned a friend of Harris’s daughter, whom the court heard he groomed and molested from the age of 13 until she was 19.
The other victims told the court they were touched or groped by Harris, sometimes at his public appearances.
The Southwark Crown Court jury deliberated for 37 hours and 45 minutes before reaching their unanimous verdicts.
Australian entertainer and artist Rolf Harris has been charged with nine counts of indecent assault and four counts of making indecent images of a child. Harris, who has lived in Britain for fifty years was first arrested in March in the Operation Yewtree that was triggered allegations made about the late TV presenter Jimmy Savile. Six of Harris’ charges date back to 1980-81 while three refer to 1986. Harris, 86, is out on bail and will next appear in court on September 23rd.
Reaction on Twitter has been plentiful and runs the gamut of disgust to disbelief to support.