Tuesday 14 January 2014

Harris, Roache And Travis In Court, Updated

Veteran TV presenter Rolf Harris has pleaded not guilty to 12 indecent assault charges.

The 83-year-old of Bray, Berkshire, is accused of assaulting four girls between 1968 and 1986.
Mr Harris was remanded on bail at London's Southwark Crown Court and his trial was set for 30 April.
The Australian artist, musician and television presenter has yet to be arraigned on four counts of making an indecent image of a child.
He arrived earlier for the hearing with his wife Alwen and daughter Bindi.
Six of the indecent assault counts relate to a girl aged 15 between April 1980 and April 1981, and one relates to the same alleged victim when she was aged 19 between January 1984 and January 1985.
Three of the alleged indecent assaults relate to a 14-year-old girl in May 1986.
The other two charges relate to the alleged indecent assault on a girl aged seven or eight between January 1968 and January 1970, and a girl aged 14 between January 1975 and January 1976.

Mr Harris was released on bail under the same conditions as previous hearings.
The trial of Coronation Street star Bill Roache - who is accused of committing a string of historic sex offences against young girls - starts today.
The 81-year-old soap star was arrested at his home in Wilmslow, Cheshire, last May and later charged with two counts of raping a 15-year-old girl in East Lancashire in 1967.
A month later he was also charged with five indecent assaults involving four girls aged between 11 or 12 and 16, allegedly committed in the Manchester area between 1965 and 1968.
When charged with rape, Roache - who plays Ken Barlow in the ITV1 show - issued a statement in which he said he was "astounded and deeply horrified" by the accusations.
He said: "I strenuously deny the allegations and will now focus my full attention on fighting to preserve my innocence in the challenging times ahead.
"I would like to offer my sincere thanks to all those people who have offered me their support and good wishes at this difficult time."
Roache later formally pleaded not guilty to the seven counts he faces.
The world's longest-serving soap actor has not appeared in the programme while the legal proceedings are ongoing.
He has been on bail since his arrest with various conditions including residence, no direct unsupervised contact with anyone under 16 and not to approach named witnesses.
The trial at Preston Crown Court is scheduled to last up to four weeks.

Jury selection started yesterday in the trial of DJ Dave Lee Travis, as he prepares to face the 14 sex offence charges against him.
The 68-year-old was at London's Southwark Crown Court to face 13 counts of indecent assault dating between 1976 and 2003, and one of sexual assault in 2008.
The charges relate to 11 alleged victims. He denies all the charges.
Travis, whose real name is David Patrick Griffin, was living in Mentmore in Buckinghamshire but has recently moved house and was allowed not to give his new address in open court by Judge Anthony Leonard.
The prosecution case in his trial is due to open today.
Judge Leonard told a group of 40 potential jurors: "This case involves allegations of a series of indecent assaults and it is likely that you will find this an interesting case to try."
They were asked if they or a close family member has worked for the BBC, Chiltern Radio or Classic Gold FM, or has been involved with Scotland Yard's Operation Yewtree, under which Travis was arrested.
The potential jurors were also given a list of the names of witnesses in case they know any of them.
A group of 18 were chosen today, and it is expected that a panel of 12 plus two reserves will be sworn in tomorrow.
Before sending them away until 11am tomorrow, Judge Leonard warned them not to research the case in any way.
He said: "You will try the case on the information obtained here in this court and nothing else."

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