Rolf Harris to challenge conviction

Rolf Harris to challenge conviction

Rolf Harris has applied for permission to appeal against his convictions for a string of indecent assaults.

A spokesman for the Judicial Office confirmed that lawyers for the 84-year-old had lodged papers at the Court of Appeal this week.The artist and musician was convicted of 12 indecent assaults on last month at Southwark Crown Court.His offences took place between 1968 and 1986 and his victims were aged between seven or eight and 19.The court will now consider whether to grant permission for him to continue with his appeal bid.Harris was jailed for five years and nine months for the sex abuse, meaning that he is due to serve just under three years for the crimes.Earlier this week the Attorney-General's Office confirmed that the sentence would not be referred to the Court of Appeal for being unduly lenient.Attorney General Jeremy Wright decided not to take action despite his office receiving 150 complaints about the leniency of Harris's sentence, of which he will serve half, although it only takes one complaint to trigger the review process.


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