Rolf Harris arrives in court as his trial is due to start with jury selection

May 06, 2014 08:08 By Cathy Owen
The veteran broadcaster, whose family hail from Merthyr Tydfil, is accused of a string of indecent assaults

Rolf Harris, 84, arrives at Southwark Crown Court in London, for the start of his trial where he denies 12 counts of indecent assault.
The trial in the case of veteran entertainer Rolf Harris, who is a accused of a string of indecent assaults, is due to get underway with jury selection today.

Prosecutors are expected to open the case later this week once the jury is in place at London’s Southwark Crown Court and is expected to take more than six weeks.

The 84-year-old, whose family are from Merthyr Tydfil, is accused of assaulting four girls, the youngest of whom was seven or eight and the oldest aged 19 between 1968 and 1986, which he denies.

Harris, from Bray, Berkshire, is facing 12 counts of indecent assault, to which he entered not guilty pleas at the same court at a hearing in January.

His trial is being heard in front of Mr Justice Sweeney.

Harris, who painted a portrait of the Queen in 2005 and performed at her Diamond Jubilee concert last year, has been in the public eye for decades.

He had his first musical hit Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport in 1960, and continued to enjoy success in the industry as well as forging a television career.

Harris, who has lived in the village of Bray for more than 50 years, has also received a number of honours and was made Officer of the Order of Australia in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2012

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