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Former Sydenham resident Rolf Harris released from prison and will now attend trial in person

PUBLISHED: 10:07 19 May 2017

File photo dated 4/7/2014 of Rolf Harris, 87, who is to be released from Stafford Prison on Friday, Judge Deborah Taylor has told his indecent assault trial at Southwark Crown Court. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday May 18, 2017. See PA story COURTS Rolf. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

File photo dated 4/7/2014 of Rolf Harris, 87, who is to be released from Stafford Prison on Friday, Judge Deborah Taylor has told his indecent assault trial at Southwark Crown Court. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday May 18, 2017. See PA story COURTS Rolf. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

The 87-year-old had previously appeared via video-link at his latest trial

Rolf Harris has been released from prison, jail staff have confirmed.

The Australia-born former television star, who also used to live in Sydenham, 87, was released from HMP Stafford on Friday morning.

It means Harris will be able to appear in person, on bail, when his indecent assault trial resumes on Monday at Southwark Crown Court.

Harris, who denies four charges of indecent assault against three women between 1971 and 1983, had previously appeared via video link.

Jurors at Southwark Crown Court had previously been told Harris had already been convicted and sentenced for other offences in 2014.

Judge Deborah Taylor told jurors on Thursday: “He (Harris) will no longer be appearing in the court via video link and he will be attending what remains of his trial in person next week.”

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