Rolf Harris’s death kept secret for a fortnight by family

The crimes, which dated back to the 1960s and carried on until the 1980s, took place while he was at the height of his fame.

He was initially arrested as part of the Metropolitan Police Operation Yewtree investigation into historic child sex abuse in March 2013, and charged in August of that year.

His trial heard how he had begun grooming one of his principal victims, a close childhood friend of his daughter Bindi, when she was 13.

He molested her for the first time during a family holiday to Hawaii and Australia in 1978.

Other victims included a teenage waitress he fondled during filming of the ITV show Star Games in Cambridge in 1978 and a child actress he attacked in 1986.

One victim was 11

A further six women gave evidence as supporting witnesses for the prosecution, telling how they had fallen foul of Harris’s unwanted advances.

One victim was 11 when he mounted his attack after declaring he would be the first to give her a tongue kiss. Harris also assaulted a mother and daughter moments apart at an art presentation.

Described by prosecutors as a Jekyll and Hyde character, Harris was found guilty of 12 counts of indecent assault and jailed for five years and nine months.

Sentencing him at Southwark Crown Court, Mr Justice Sweeney told Harris: “You have shown no remorse for your crimes at all. Your reputation now lies in ruins, you have been stripped of your honours but you have no one to blame but yourself.”

In January 2017, Harris stood trial for a further seven alleged sexual assault offences, but was acquitted of three charges and the jury failed to reach a verdict on others.

He faced a retrial in May 2017 but again the jury was unable to reach a verdict.

Harris was released on licence the same month and became a recluse at his riverside house in Bray, Berkshire.

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