Tuesday 20 August 2019

Rolf Harris in hospital after 'overdosing on chocolate' in jail

Rolf Harris
Rolf Harris
Rolf Harris: facing 12 charges of indecent assault between 1968 and 1986

Kate Ferguson

Convicted paedophile Rolf Harris has been taken to hospital amid fears about his health.

The 85-year-old is feared to have fallen ill after gorging on chocolate and sweets in jail, despite being diabetic, according to the Daily Mirror.

He was taken from Stafford Prison, where he is serving nearly six years for carrying out a string of sex attacks, to Stafford Hospital.

Singer Vince Hill, 81, told the newspaper that he had heard from one of the ex-children's entertainer's friends that Harris had "sort of overdosed on chocolate".

He added: "According to him, that was the scale of the problem ... he didn't know he was eating too much chocolate."

Harris was jailed for five years and nine months in July 2014 after being found guilty of indecently assaulting four girls.

One of his victims was just seven or eight years old and hoping to get an autograph when he groped her.

He molested two other young teenagers, and carried out a catalogue of abuse against his daughter's then best friend, whom prosecutors said Harris groomed from the age of 13 and used like ''his little toy''.

Sentencing him at London's Southwark Crown Court last year, Mr Justice Sweeney told the shamed performer: ''You have shown no remorse for your crimes at all. Your reputation lies in ruins, you have been stripped of your honours, but you have no-one to blame but yourself.''

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