Southwark Crown Court Monday - Veteran entertainer, Australian Rolf Harris, 84, has been found guilty of 12 counts of indecently assaulting four girls in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. He could now be stripped of his BAFTA award.
He will be sentenced Friday and the judge has already said that a custodial sentence is likely. The judge asked to see medical reports before he sentences Harris.
Throughout the trial Harris maintained his innocence but the prosecution and witness testimonies showed the once popular entertainer had a dark side. He was described as something of a "Jekyll and Hyde" character who acted without fear of consequences.
Until recently Rolf was something a national treasure in the UK, fronting Animal Hospital, painting her majesty the Queen and more. He was not on UK TV screens as much in recent years but that presumably was due to his advancing years.
As the verdict was read out Monday his wife Alwen and daughter Bindi were in court. They have accompanied him to court on most days of the trial.
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The jury were around a week deliberating on the verdict. Perhaps during that time Harris thought no news is good news but more than likely he realised there was a probability that he would be found guilty.
Harris was awarded a CBE in 2006. He could now be stripped of that honour.
Is it only me that finds the fact that most of these celebrities standing trial for sex abuse have been honoured by the Queen in the past?
Opinion: In 2015 the British electorate go to the polls to vote in a general election. As a Labour supporter I do not want to knock Labour's election campaign but feel compelled to pen a few lines of criticism. For all I know the Tory campaign may be having the same treatment as my gripe with Labour. They too have an American, former Obama, campaign manager leading the charge to Downing Street but perhaps someone should tell them we Brits are not Americans.
Labour was slow appointing an outside campaign manager. When they did they opted for David Axelrod, a former Obama campaigner, the Tories already employing Jim Messina and Lynton Crosby. It is worth noting that none of these three men are English.
These days more than ever the UK follows were the US leads but many of us would prefer that we kept our own unique English identity. Americans have corrupted our language for years, unable to handle our weird way of spelling but personally I like those differences. I may criticise my country and its leaders at times but I am proud to be English and have no yen to be American.
So what is my issue with Labour's election campaign?
Signed up to receive election campaign updates from Labour a few have begun to trickle through. The general election is still almost a year away but the number of emails is hotting up. At this point though the number of emails is not my bone of contention but rather the content.
In order to follow the last US election I signed up for Obama campaign updates and find the similarity between the Democratic Party’s emails and Labours' disconcerting.
Messina and Axelrod, as well as others, would regularly send out emails on behalf of the Barack Obama's election campaign, asking for donations. As a Brit I was excluded contributing even if I had wanted to. I was still fascinated to see what was on offer for even a small donation. It was a sort of lottery and according to the communication a winner or winners would be drawn and might be flown to Washington to dine with the Obama's or something similar.
It was easy to see how this might attract some small donors but how about such a lottery to meet Ed Miliband? The latest email from the Labour campaign says Ed will be "drawing the names of the two people joining me at our gala dinner — so I hope you'll throw your name into the hat before the deadline tomorrow night. And good news: I've been told that because so many people have entered, we have a second pair of tickets to give away, so it's even more likely that one of those names will be yours.
If you'd like to come to our dinner and party next Wednesday (9 July) — and I've already put time aside so we can have a chat — please make a £3 donation to help us win the next election, and we'll automatically enter you into the draw."
Don't get me wrong I am supporting Labour all the way but I think the election campaign is pitched for an American audience and not quirky Brits. My message to Axelrod is no, no no.
That leaves me wondering just how much people like Axelrod, Messina and Crosby are being paid to run each party's election campaign. Sometimes I know you have to speculate to accumulate but sometimes you may as well have saved your money.
It is difficult to believe that no English person was capable of running a UK political campaign. Such a person would surely have a knack of hitting the mark with English voters.
Those of you old enough may remember Labour leader Neil Kinnock's disastrous election campaign when spin doctors told him to be upbeat and more, and he ended up an embarrassment. In effect Mr Kinnock, a fine politician, lost the election partly because of campaign managers.
Many Brits are hoping for a Labour majority in 2015, even though some in the UK media have already shown they are not independent and are pushing for a Tory victory.
Will an American election campaigner secure a win for Ed Miliband or is the Yankee led campaign doomed to fail?
Commentary: UK celebrity Jimmy Savile was known as an eccentric but following his death in 2011 it was revealed he was also a serial sex abuser. The public were finally made aware of the man's abusive nature and people were repulsed. Thursday further details have been revealed and they are even more shocking.
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt addressed the House of Commons, for once a hushed House containing serious faced MPs. No jocularity as Hunt revealed that Savile abused men, women, boys and girls and there had been three cases of rape. He held a privileged position is some UK hospitals, primarily as a fund raiser and volunteer worker, but he used his position to abuse vulnerable patients. He allegedly even sexually interfered with corpses in the hospital morgue.
Hunt did not detail the grossest offences which are included in the written report but even so his speech was shocking.
Savile in life retained a good relationship with people in authority. He was friendly with people such as former Tory PM the late Margaret Thatcher. Many Brits thought he was a great guy simply because he helped raise money for charities. He was however using all of this as cover for his sexual perversions.
Some of his victims complained to the police and other authorities but investigations fell flat. In some cases the victims were brushed away and not believed.
As the extent of Savile's abuse became clear the police investigation spilt into groups. There were just too many allegations to investigate as one group. One line of inquiry looked into historical allegations of sex and or child abuse by other celebrities leading to some high profile cases. While sometimes it has felt like a witch hunt there is now no doubt that Savile was not the only celebrity sex abuser in the UK.
Information about the Savile inquiry had dimmed as the other investigations gained momentum. Stuart Hall was jailed, Rolf Harris is still on trial and Max Clifford was also jailed. Thursday the jury is considering its verdict in the Rolf Harris case and we will update as available.
Behind the scenes the investigation into Savile has continued leading to Hunt's parliamentary address Thursday. Savile's victims were aged between five and 75, and some were patients in mental health establishments. Hunt offered the British government's apology for abuse that occurred in 28 hospitals. Savile was a busy abuser though and his abuse was not restricted to hospitals.
Information pertaining to the Savile abuse can be found here at the government website. Links to various reports are included.
As ministers admit that patients and people who reported the abuse to police and officials were not taken seriously we ask who will be held to account? In order to be able to report that Savile abused corpses in the mortuary some mebers of staff must have known this happened.
Will justice finally be served?
In September 2013 a man's family was wiped out when he was away from his Leicester home, working in Dublin. Dr Muhammad Taufiq Al Sattar, 52, returned home to discover that his wife Shehnila Taufiq, 47, and her children Jamal, 15, Bilal, 17, and Zainab, 19 had all died in an arson attack on the family home.
A change of plans meant that the doctor arrived home a day later than scheduled and so he was spared. Presumably the police investigation into the arson and deaths also involved the doctor but he was soon cleared of any involvement and the killers apprehended.
So what was the reason for the deadly arson attack?
Antoin Akpom, 20, a friend of the group of men died in a stabbing incident in Leicester on September 12, 2013. The men decided to launch a revenge attack using Parker to locate Mr Akpom's killer, as he claimed to know where he lived. Sadly for Taufiq family the address he supplied was wrong.
If you ever needed confirmation that vigilante actions are criminal activity look no further than this botched attempt at revenge.
Monday the men involved the arson attack, to some degree or another, were found guilty and Wednesday sentences have been handed down.
Tristan Richards, 23, and Kemo Porter, 19 were the gang ring leaders and influenced the others. They were both given life sentences and must serve minimum terms. For Richards that is 35 years and for Porter 25 years. Richards purchased the petrol and brought the other men to the victims’ home.
Six others were found guilty of manslaughter. They are Shaun Carter, 24, Nathaniel Mullings, 19, Jackson Powell, 20, Aaron Webb, 20, Cairo Parker, 17, and 21-year-old Akeem Jeffers.
As the judge told the six men they helped commit arson, a dreadful act of obscure revenge, at a residential property with terrible consequences.
Carter and Mullings were sentenced to 15 years each; Powell, Webb and Jeffers were all sentenced to 12 years in a young offenders' institution. Parker, 17, of Wood Hill was sentenced to be detained for eight years, the more lenient sentence due to his age.
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