Rolf Harris caught in prison brawl

Last updated 08:54 04/08/2014
Rolf Harris
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CONVICTED: Australian-born entertainer Rolf Harris.

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Convicted paedophile Rolf Harris has been spat at and abused by fellow inmates at the prison where he is serving his sentence for sex offences.

The incident happened during a church service in the chapel at men's prison HMP Bullingdon in Oxfordshire, The Independent reported.

While the 84-year-old Australian was not physically hurt, the spit reportedly landed on another prisoner, which sparked a punch-up between the inmates, the Daily Mail reported

A witness told The Sun "One prisoner called Rolf a dirty nonce and spat at him. All the others were jeering too, but the spit landed on the bloke next to Rolf, who went beserk.

"Rolf stood in a corner while the other prisoner was taken to a segregation unit. Then he just sat back down. He was shaken up, but didn't let on."

Prisoners said  it was an attack waiting to happen. "Rolf is a hate figure for many in prison. Attack him, you're going to get some notoriety," one inmate told The Sun.

Harris has applied to British authorities for permission to appeal against his convictions on 12 indecent assaults.

A spokesman for the British Judicial Office last week confirmed his lawyers had lodged papers at the Court of Appeal.

The artist and musician was convicted of 12 indecent assaults on June 30 at London's Southwark Crown Court - one on an eight-year-old autograph hunter, two on girls in their early teens and a catalogue of abuse of his daughter's friend over 16 years.

Witnesses from New Zealand and Australia also gave evidence at the trial, but Harris was not charged with offences against them as the court did not have jurisdiction to prosecute incidents that took place outside Britain.

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