Rolf Harris verdict reaction

Key points

  • Veteran entertainer Rolf Harris has been found guilty of 12 counts of indecent assault by a jury at Southwark Crown Court
  • The Australian-born singer, painter and TV presenter carried out the assaults between 1968 and 1986
  • The 84-year-old assaulted four girls and young women, aged from seven to 19, and he will be sentenced on Friday
  • The NSPCC says it is "delighted" to have helped to uncover "the dark side" of Harris, who it says "hid behind his happy-go-lucky persona"

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Reporting:

  • John Harrison 
  • Lauren Turner 
  • Chris Lansdown 

Last updated 30 June 2014

BREAKING 14:56

Entertainer Rolf Harris, 84, has been found guilty of all 12 counts of indecent assaults at Southwark Crown Court.

STANDARD 14:57

As the verdicts were read out, there was no reaction from Harris, his friends or his family. The entertainer sat upright in the dock, looking straight ahead, according to BBC reporters in court.

STANDARD 14:59

Harris will be sentenced on Friday, the court has just heard.

STANDARD 15:06

Harris's wife Alwen, daughter Bindi and niece Jenny were in court with him, as they have been throughout the trial.

STANDARD 15:09

The judge, Mr Justice Sweeney, has told Harris that a custodial sentence is "uppermost in the court's mind".

Harris is on bail and is expected to leave the courtroom shortly.

STANDARD 15:11

During his seven-week trial, prosecutors alleged the artist and television presenter was a "Jekyll and Hyde" character, who had a dark side to his personality and used his fame to abuse underage girls.

STANDARD 15:11

The verdicts came after the jury - made up of six men and six women - had been deliberating for eight days.

STANDARD 15:12

Harris was found to have indecently assaulted and abused a friend of his daughter Bindi from the age of 13 for several years, starting while she was on holiday with the family.

STANDARD 15:14

Judge Mr Justice Sweeney says he wants a medical report before sentencing, given Harris's age of 84

STANDARD 15:16

Bindi was described as being "tearful" as she looked at her father following the verdicts.

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