• Text size      
  • Send this article to a friend
  • Print this article

Rolf Harris applies for right to appeal

DISGRACED entertainer Rolf Harris has applied for permission to appeal against his convictions for a string of indecent assaults.

A spokesman for the Judicial Office confirmed that lawyers for the 84-year-old had lodged papers at the Court of Appeal this week.

The artist and musician was convicted of 12 indecent assaults on June 30 at Southwark Crown Court - one on an eight-year-old autograph hunter, two on girls in their early teens and a catalogue of abuse of his daughter's friend over 16 years.

The court will now consider whether to grant permission for him to continue with his appeal bid.

Harris was unmasked as a predator who was fixated with under-age girls during his trial, with jurors told how his sex abuse of his daughter's friend "haunted" her.

He was stripped of a Bafta fellowship and accolades in his native Australia and could lose his CBE.

The performer's fortune is also at risk from potential compensation claims.

Harris was jailed for five years and nine months meaning that he is due to serve just under three years for the crimes.

Earlier this week the Attorney-General's Office confirmed that the sentence would not be referred to the Court of Appeal for being unduly lenient.

Contextual targeting label: 
Arts and Entertainment

Commenting & Moderation

We moderate all comments on HeraldScotland on either a pre-moderated or post-moderated basis.
If you're a relatively new user then your comments will be reviewed before publication and if we know you well and trust you then your comments will be subject to moderation only if other users or the moderators believe you've broken the rules

Moderation is undertaken full-time 9am-6pm on weekdays, and on a part-time basis outwith those hours. Please be patient if your posts are not approved instantly.

251824