Rolf Harris sentenced to 5 years and nine months in prison for indecent assaults

Disgraced entertainer is told by judge: "You have shown no remorse for your crimes. You have no-one to blame but yourself"

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Veteran entertainer Rolf Harris has been sentenced to 5 years and nine months in prison.

The entertainer was found guilty of 12 counts of indecent assault earlier this week following a lengthy trial at Southwark Crown Court.

The 84-year-old was convicted by unanimous verdicts on Monday of 12 crimes committed between 1968 and 1986 after the jury deliberated for 37 hours and 45 minutes.

Today the trial judge Mr Justice Sweeney told Harris: "You have shown no remorse for your crimes. You have no-one to blame but yourself."

He added: "You took advantage of the trust placed in you because of your celebrity status. You clearly got a thrill from committing some of these offences."

The central allegation against Harris concerned a friend of Harris's daughter Bindi, whom the court was told Harris groomed and molested from the age of 13 until she was 19.

The other victims ranged in age, with testimonies insisting that they were touched or groped by Harris.

On one count a woman said Harris touched her inappropriately when she was just seven or eight while he was signing autographs in Hampshire in the late 1960s.

A further count accused Harris of groping a teenage waitress at a charity event in Cambridge in the 1970s. In another, Australian Tonya Lee, who waived her right to anonymity, said he fondled her three times on one day while she was on a theatre group trip to the UK at the age of 15.