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Former Sydenham resident Rolf Harris will face a retrail for three sex offences and and one new charge

10:39 15 February 2017

Veteran entertainer Rolf Harris arrives at Southwark Crown Court, in central London. Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Veteran entertainer Rolf Harris arrives at Southwark Crown Court, in central London. Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

The 86-year-old is currently in prison following a 2014 trial which saw him convicted of 12 sex offences against four females

Disgraced entertainer Rolf Harris, 86, will face a retrial on three sex offence charges and one new count, a prosecutor at Southwark Crown Court said.

Harris, who formerly lived in Sydenham, is currently in jail following a 2014 trial which saw him convicted of 12 sex offences against four female victims, one aged as young as seven or eight.

But last week a jury found the 86-year-old Australian not guilty of three assaults, following a trial at London’s Southwark Crown Court.

Harris, wearing a dark suit, white shirt and dark tie, appeared via video-link for Wednesday’s hearing.

The former TV star is accused of four indecent assaults against three female teenagers, spanning two decades.

He will be retried for the alleged indecent assault of a 14-year-old girl in 1971, a 13-year-old girl in 1983, and a teenage girl in 1978.

He faces a new count of assault against the same complainant in relation to the 1978 allegation.

The retrial date is set for May 15.

Judge Alistair McCreath remanded Harris in custody, to which the defendant replied: “Thank you.”

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