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Sneaking out the back door, travelling to court by boat to avoid photographers – it was a fitting end to Rolf Harris’s time in front of the cameras.

Here was the man who I watched religiously when he presented Rolf’s Cartoon Club, and who was part of the Aussie explosion in the ’80s that gave us Neighbours, Paul Hogan, Kylie and Fosters.

Out of everyone arrested and tried in connection with Operation Yewtree, it was Harris, now 84, whose arrest was the most shocking to me.

I saw him as artist, wobbleboard user and animal lover who benevolently graced my television screen throughout my formative years.

After getting five years and nine months in jail, maybe this will prove to be a life sentence – just like the one endured by his victims.