Rolf Harris walks free from court after prosecutors rule out retrial over sex attacks

Rolf Harris. Picture by PA
Rolf Harris. Picture by PA

Rolf Harris has walked free from court after prosecutors abandoned an indecent assault case against him.

The disgraced former entertainer, 87, was twice tried over alleged sex attacks on teenage girls in the 1970s and 1980s.

But after the second trial jury was unable to reach verdicts on four historical indecent assault charges on Tuesday, prosecutors said they would not seek a second retrial.

Judge Deborah Taylor formally found him not guilty of all four charges of indecent assault, which he had denied.

Harris left HMP Stafford on licence part-way through this retrial after serving less than three years of a sentence of five years and nine months handed down in June 2014 for unconnected sex attacks on young girls and women.

Prosecutor Jonathan Rees QC told London's Southwark Crown Court: "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.

"Accordingly, we offer no evidence to the four counts on the indictment."

There was a cry of "Well done, Rolf" from the public gallery as the former television star left the courtroom.