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Rolf Harris trial: Jury discharged as no verdicts reached – BBC News

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Former entertainer Rolf Harris has been cleared of four sexuality assault accuses after a jury has not been able to reach verdicts.

Prosecutors ruled out a further retrial for Harris, who denied indecently assaulting three teenage daughters at public events between 1971 and 1983.

On Tuesday, the jury at Southwark Crown Court was discharged after spending five hours deliberating.

In a statement read by his lawyer, Harris said: “I seem no sense of succes, simply relief”.

He added: “I’m 87 years old, my wife is in ill health and we simply want to spend our remaining time together in peace.”

It had been a retrial for Harris on three countings after a jury in a previous trial failed to reached verdicts. The Crown Prosecution Service( CPS) said it would not seek a further retrial.

The fourth count was a new charge of indecent assault.

Prison release

The jury began deliberating on Friday but was unable to reach unanimous or majority 10 -2 decisions on any of the charges.

Prosecutor Jonathan Rees QC said: “We have reviewed whether it would be appropriate to seek a further retrial on these allegations.

“We have come to the firm view that it would not.”

Harris had been accused of fondling a 14 -year-old girl during a music event at the Lyceum Theatre in London in 1971.

Two farther accuses related to alleged indecent assaults on a adolescent in 1978, during filming for ITV celebrity show Star Games.

The fourth related to adequate 13 -year-old girl who said he touched her breast after filming BBC children’s Tv programme Saturday Superstore in 1983.

Harris’s lawyers said he did not remember any of the events in question.

He was liberated from Stafford Prison part-way through the trial, for an unconnected sentence in June 2014 of 12 countings of indecent assault.

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