Count 1: Indecent assault between 1/1/68 and 1/1/70 on a girl A, aged 7-8
Sentence : 9 months
Details :A was queuing for Mr Harris’s autograph. “When she reached the front of the queue, Harris “twice put his hand up her skirt between her legs and touched her vagina over her clothing“. She said she had initially thought it might have been an accident but then he touched her again.”
What crime might you get 9 months for?
Count 2: Indecent assault on a girl B, 14, between 1/1/75 and 1/1/76
Sentence : 6 months (consecutive)
Details:B was working as a waitress at a charity event when Mr Harris put his arm around her and down her back and over her bottom. “squeezing her left buttock a number of times“.
What crime might you get 6 months for?
3 – digital penetration of C’s vagina by spitting on his finger and putting it under her jeans for a minute – 15 months consecutive
4 – digital penetration of C’s vagina by spitting on his finger and putting it under her dungarees for a minute and a half - 15 months concurrent
5 – digital penetration of C’s vagina whilst C was staying with Mr Harris daughter (whilst she had left the room) - 15 months concurrent
6 - oral penetration of C’s vagina on the same occasion as Count 5 - 12 months concurrent
7 - digital penetration of C’s vagina whilst C was staying with Mr Harris daughter whilst she was asleep in the same room - 15 months consecutive
8- oral penetration of C’s vagina on the same occasion as Count 7 - 12 months concurrent
9 – digital penetration of C’s vagina whilst she was in Mr Harris swimming pool - 12 months consecutive
The news reports indicate that C was aged between 13 and 15 at the time of the offences. Some of this (seemingly the earlier parts) was behaviour that was alleged to have occurred outside of England and Wales, and so cannot be tried in this country. We don’t know if the jury accepted that evidence or not, and so Mr Harris should not be sentenced on the basis that the abuse started when C was 13.
The total sentence for offences relating to C is 42 months
What crime might you get nearly 4 years for?
Count 10: Indecent assault on 31/5/86 on girl D, aged 14
Count 11: Indecent assault on D on same day
Count 12: Indecent assault on D on same day
10 - putting his hand on her thigh over tights and knickers whilst she was sitting on his lap in public - 9 months concurrent
11 – putting D in a ‘forceful bear hug‘ and putting his hand down her top into her bra and playing with her breasts for 30 seconds - 9 months concurrent
12 digital penetration - 12 months consecutive
Sentence : Unclear
Unlawful wounding Offences against the Person Act 1861 s.20 - 5 years
Assault occasioning actual bodily harm Offences against the Person Act 1861 s.47 - 5 years
Violent disorder Public Order Act 1986 s.2 - 5 years
Would you rather be groped than stabbed, glassed or cut?
Do you, a man, think a woman's emotional distress at being groped is worth so much more than a man being stabbed, glassed or cut? If so, may I say what a pussy-worshiping jerk I think you are.
As for the digital penetration that she said she suffered, you should bear in mind that she didn't object to it and went back for more.