Rolf Harris returns to court today to receive his sentence after being found guilty of 12 charges of indecent assault of girls between 1968-1986.
The 84-year-old entertainer was warned earlier this week that a custodial sentence was ‘uppermost in the court’s mind’.
Harris was found guilty of assaulting four girls – the youngest who was seven or eight at the time – although evidence of other abuse committed in places including Malta and New Zealand was heard during the trial despite it not being punishable in a British court.
The central allegation concerned Harris’s daughter Bindi’s friend, whom the court heard he had groomed and molested from the age of 13 until she was 19. He was found to have indecently assaulted her repeatedly, including once when his daughter was asleep in the same room.
The other victims told the court they had been touched or groped by Harris, sometimes at his public appearances.
The prosecution claimed that Harris had a ‘Jekyll and Hyde’ personality, a dark side which he carefully kept from the public gaze.
Harris was first questioned in November 2012 in Scotland Yard’s Operation Yewtree investigation set up in the wake of revelations about abuse committed by BBC presenter Jimmy Savile.