Rolf Harris was flanked by three plain-clothed security guards as he returned home after being released from jail in the middle of his latest sex abuse trial. One of the bodyguards who helped Harris get out of a blue Ford car outside his home had his face covered with a mask. The entertainer, 87, avoided reporters as he slipped out of Stafford Prison in the early hours of Friday morning but was photographed as he arrived at his 5m property.
Harris – wearing eyeglasses, a denim jacket and blue jeans – exited the car and slowly walked up a set of stairs towards his home by the river Thames in Berkshire. Clear plastic bags containing personal belongings – including an Australian stamp collection, toothbrush, letters and papers – were carried into the house.
Harris is accused of using his celebrity status to molest three young fans (Photo: i-Images Picture Agency) A masked bodyguard helps Harris out of a blue car outside his home (Photo: i-Images Picture Agency) Three bodyguards escorted Harris into his 5m property (Photo: i-Images Picture Agency) Personal belongings are carried into the entertainer’s home (Photo: London News Pictures)
Harris returned home to be by the side of his sick wife, Alwen, 85, who was said to be in failing health in recent weeks. A source recently said that Harris wanted to be reunited with his wife as soon as possible .
Neither his wife nor their daughter, Bindi, 53, was seen outside the home when he arrived. Harris is on trial accused of using his celebrity status to molest three young fans, aged 13 to 16, between 1971 and 1983.
Harris will appear in person when his indecent assault trial resumes (Photo: Daily Mirror) Harris, of Bray, Berkshire, denies four charges of indecent assault (Photo: Daily Mirror) Harris was granted bail following his release from prison (Photo: Daily Mirror) A clear plastic bag containing letters and papers (Photo: London News Pictures)
On Thursday Judge Deborah Taylor told jurors Harris would be granted bail after his release from Stafford Prison. He had been appearing in court via video-link but will now attend the rest of the trial in person.
Harris s trial was not sitting on Friday so he will attend Southwark Crown Court, South London, when it resumes on Monday morning.
A box is carried into Harris’ home after he was released from prison (Photo: Daily Mirror) Two of the bodyguards who helped Harris as he returned home (Photo: London News Pictures) Harris’ bodyguards carried his belongings into his home (Photo: i-Images Picture Agency)
Meanwhile, one of his accusers insisted she was not driven by money as she gave evidence yesterday. The woman claimed Australia-born Harris twice sexually assaulted her when she was 16. She alleged Harris squeezed her breast after he appeared on ITV show Star Games in Cambridge in 1978, telling her: You re a little bit irresistible.
Harris and his bodyguards were not accompanied by the entertainer’s family (Photo: i-Images Picture Agency) Journalists gathered outside Stafford Prison as they waited for Harris to be released (Photo: SWNS) Harris slipped past journalists after being released in the early hours (Photo: SWNS)
The artist also groped her in the back seat of a car, she claims. Jurors have heard she later described him as groper Rolf and a dirty old man . Asked if she had lied, she said: I absolutely have not .
One of the reasons perhaps it was easier for me to tell police is because I have told people over the years.
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She added: I cannot imagine how anyone would conceive of doing this for any sort of kick. Harris, of Bray, Berkshire, denies four charges of indecent assault. The trial continues.
Officers had received reports a robbery was in progress. Arriving at the scene, they found a security guard, 63, suffering gunshot wounds.
Paramedics from London Ambulance Service attended the scene and transferred the man to an east London hospital. His injuries were not believed to be life threatening.
A Met Police spokesman said: “Officers attended along with firearms officers and a security guard, a 53-year-old man was found at the location suffering from gunshot injuries.
“His injuries are not being treated as life threatening or life-changing.
“Officers from the Met’s Flying Squad are investigating.
A drunken hostel resident was caught on camera allegedly beating a security guard to death1 because the man was ‘drinking on duty’. The horrific incident was captured on CCTV 2in the foyer of a hostel in the Russian city of Severodvinsk. Police later arrested the 45-year-old resident who confronted the guard, 57, on his way from his room to the porch of the hostel for a cigarette.
Both men had reportedly been drinking but the resident was unhappy that the security guard was drinking in his office at the hostel when he was supposed to be on duty. The man gave the security guard a piece of his mind and then continued outside for a cigarette but the pair clashed again when he was on his way back to his room. The security guard is said to have told the younger man to mind his own business and the pair squared up to each other before the resident knocked out the guard with a single punch.
The man gave the security guard a piece of his mind (Photo: CEN) A single punch knocked out the guard (Photo: CEN)
The resident then stamped four times on his rival’s head before standing back to survey the damage before kicking him in the side of the head. Video shows the attacker then looked into the guard’s room before checking his pockets and walking away. The footage of the violent attack has shocked viewers after it was posted on social media.
The resident then stamped four times on his rival’s head (Photo: CEN)
He has been charged with killing the security guard and faces a 15-year prison sentence if convicted. Severodvinsk is home to the main shipyard for the Russian Navy so access is restricted for foreigners. Visitors need a special pass to enter the city.