Rolf Harris trial: Jurors sent home for weekend

Questions asked on evidence as Rolf Harris awaits a verdict in sex abuse trial

Harris is charged with 12 counts of indecent assault against four girls in the UK between 1968 and 1986. Photo / AP
Harris is charged with 12 counts of indecent assault against four girls in the UK between 1968 and 1986. Photo / AP

Jurors in the trial of Rolf Harris have been sent home for the weekend after asking the judge what happens if they are unable to reach unanimous verdicts.

The jury retired on Friday and were out for six hours in total.

They asked Justice Nigel Sweeney three questions, including what steps they could take if they were unable to reach unanimous verdicts.

"At the moment the only verdict on each count I can accept from you is one upon which you are all agreed," the judge said, but added that could change

The jury also asked about police inquiries to determine whether Harris was in Portsmouth in the late 1960s or early 1970s.

One of the four complainants alleges Harris indecently assaulted her at a community centre in the area when she was 7 or 8 years old.

Jurors also asked about watching again footage of Harris in a 1978 episode of Star Games which was filmed in Cambridge.

The performer initially denied being in the city — where another complainant alleges she was assaulted in the 1970s — until three or four years ago.

But he had to admit he had been there in 1978 when the Star Games footage was found mid-trial.

The jury also asked about a home video of Harris' main accuser shot in Australia around the time she alleges the entertainer first indecently assaulted her as a 13-year-old.

The 1978 film was seized from the Harris family home in November 2012, a week before the star was first questioned by detectives.

It shows the alleged victim — a childhood friend of Harris' daughter Bindi — playing with others on inflated tubes on a river. It also shows the complainant swimming in a pool in a bikini and standing outside a house.

Harris is charged with 12 counts of indecent assault against four girls in the UK between 1968 and 1986.

Harris denies touching any of the women inappropriately.

- AAP


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