Post by Peter Percival
Will the man-hating lesbian feminists be happy now?
It's a pity that some man hating feminists weren't around at the time to deal
with the like of Jimmy Savile. For that matter even man loving feminists could
have got together and done the job. Instead, long after, an eighty six year old
man was prosecuted to show the world that the days of Jimmy Savile were over. On
the contrary, such prosecution of and old man shows yet again that where power
exists, tolerance of its abuse co-exists:
Here is an update on the Harris appeal:
The court was told a "Walter Mitty" type character who had
appeared as a prosecution witness in the trial in 2014 had
claimed that he recalled Harris had visited the centre in 1969,
because it occurred just after the witness returned from a
lengthy tour of duty in Korea.
However, defence lawyer Stephen Vullo QC said that no-one in the
first trial had picked up on the fact that the Korean War had
finished many years earlier, and further information had
revealed the man, David James, had never left the UK and in fact
had been discharged from the Royal Air Force after just 10 days.
Mr Vullo said the disclosure process should also have revealed
that Mr James, who died after giving evidence in 2014, had
picked up minor offences as a truck driver in the late '60s,
which would have provided further clues about his true
employment in the late 1960s.
I must admit I'm surprised the defence didn't recall the Korean war was in the
early '50s. Perhaps the defence were composed of youthful solicitors and
barristers who weren't clued-in.
Then there was this, an accuser that had complained repeatedly about past abuse
but curiously failed to mention Mr Harris.
Mr Vullo sought to introduce new evidence relating to her
medical records obtained through a civil lawsuit which showed
that on 49 separate occasions, the complainant had told medical
specialists or counsellors that she had been abused by a family
member, but did not mention being abused by Harris.
However Mr Rees argued that the jury had been aware that the
woman had complained before about being sexually abused by a
He said the jury was aware "this was a lady with a chaotic life
stemming from the systemic abuse my learned friend refers to."
Mr Rees argued the jury had been well aware of her anorexia,
bulimia, drug and alcohol counselling and diagnoses of
post-traumatic stress disorder and borderline personality
The uncoroborrated evidence of an accuser with those kind of problems!? I'm
amazed such evidence was ever held admissible. Talk about justice being blind,
this really takes the biscuit.
Key evidence that could have exonerated Rolf Harris was not seen
by the jury in his 2014 sexual abuse trial, his lawyers have
told a London appeals court.
It includes evidence that a prosecution witness was a "Walter
Mitty-type" fantasist who lied about serving in the Korean War,
and that one of his accusers had complained of sexual assault on
almost 50 occasions without naming Harris as her abuser.
And the father of another of his accusers said he would never
have let her go alone to see Harris perform, as she had claimed.