Rolf Harris: Trial timeline

Last updated 06:29 01/07/2014
Rolf Harris

MEDIA SCRUM: Rolf Harris' arrest and trial has grabbed worldwide attention.

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Australian entertainer Rolf Harris was charged with 12 sex offences as part of Operation Yewtree, a police investigation started after sex abuse allegations against the late BBC entertainer Jimmy Savile.


Nov 29 - Harris interviewed by officers from Operation Yewtree five days after his Berkshire property was searched


March 28 - Arrested and quizzed by Met Police detectives but not charged

April 19 - Harris named for the first time by London's Sun newspaper as the Australian entertainer previously arrested

May 2 - British police interview witnesses in Australia

May 19 - Harris appears on stage for the first time since being questioned and thanks crowd for their support

Aug 5 - Rearrested and bailed again following "further allegations" of historical sex abuse

Aug 8 - Replaced as host of British TV show Animal Clinic

Aug 29 - Harris is charged with nine counts of indecently assaulting two girls aged 14 and 15 in the 1980s

Sept 23 - Appears in court where his lawyer indicates the entertainer will plead "not guilty"

Dec 22 - Prosecutors reveal Harris is to face three additional indecent assault charges involving two new alleged victims one aged "seven or eight" and dating back to 1968


Jan 14 - At a preliminary hearing Harris delivers a loud and clear "not guilty" to each of the 12 indecent assault charges

May 6 - The Queen v Rolf Harris begins. Harris arrives at Southwark Crown Court accompanied by his wife Alwen and daughter Bindi

May 9 - Prosecution opens its case against Harris

May 23 - Prosecution closes

May 26 - Defence opens its case with Harris giving evidence

June 5 - Defence closes

June 10 - Prosecution lawyer's final address

June 16 - Defence lawyer's final address

June 17 - Justice Nigel Sweeney sums up the case

June 19 - Jury retires to consider verdicts

June 30 - Found guilty on 12 charges of indecent assault against four girls, from 1968 to 1986.

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