Rolf Harris bids to appeal against convictions

Rolf Harris
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DISGRACED entertainer Rolf Harris intends to appeal his convictions for a string of indecent assaults, one of which took place at a community centre in Leigh Park.

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

Mr Harris, of Bray in Berkshire, was convicted of 12 indecent assaults on June 30 at Southwark Crown Court - one on an eight-year-old girl while she queued up for his autograph at Leigh Park Community Centre in 1969.

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

Musician and entertainer Harris, a family favourite for decades, was unmasked as a predator who was fixated with under-age girls during his trial, where it was revealed he was even known as ‘the octopus’ at a TV channel because of the way he put his hands over women.

Harris was jailed for five years and nine months for the abuse, meaning that he is due to serve just under three years for the crimes, which spanned between 1968 and 1986.

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.

Attorney General Jeremy Wright decided not to take action despite his office receiving 150 complaints about the leniency of Harris’s sentence.