|Guilty: Rolf Harris 'No Remorse'|
This weekend as the 84-year-old serial abuser, convicted of 12 indecent assaults on four girls, contemplates his new life from behind bars, it will become apparent to him that his problems are only just beginning.
For a man who lived a gilded lifestyle, in a spacious waterfront home in Berkshire, the first few weeks in prison will be a living nightmare. And it will be little comfort for Harris to learn that he is far from unique: the over 60s are the fastest growing group behind bars – thanks, largely, to the fact that convictions for historic sex abuse are on the increase.
Julian Bray writes: Leaving all that aside, the main issue overlooked by The Guardian seems to be that Rolf Harris maintains to this day, that he is still innocent, and has not - says the trial Judge Mr Justice Sweeney - shown the slightest sign of remorse, so why should he, Rolf Harris, the celebrity, co-operate with any sex offenders course whilst incarcerated albeit for a relatively short term, considering the number of charges returning a Guilty verdict?
In his eyes children and females were all fair game as the publicly loved Rolf was protected by the cloak of worldwide fame and global celebrity. We all feel cheated by the likes of Rolf Harris, Jimmy Savile, Stuart Hall and even Frank Bough. The older generation has grown up with them, the images possibly from our own childhood now shattered.
Rolfs' victims possibly given confidence by the start of Operation Yewtree - originally set up following the Jimmy Savile catalogue of sexual allegations at the BBC, over many decades (and clearly there could be many more unreported incidents ) and now casting a wider net under the 'and Others' category.
They have been put through the sheer hell of having to appear in Court and being forensically cross examined by legal counsel to reach the higher ie more invasive criminal standard of evidence required to secure a conviction. They must now be wondering why on earth did they bother? If as it seems the sexual predator will be back in circulation in little over 3 years free to enjoy his £13 million cash pile, and for much of his physical jail time, possibly in the virtual holiday camp settings of an open prison?
|Guilty: Cllr Peter Hiller 'No remorse'|
Be under no illusion Cabinet Member Peter Hiller 'told a pack of lies' maintained he was innocent of any crime, but was found guilty after a public trial of a criminal act, had to pay a substantial fine, court costs and victim surcharge.
But to this day, like Rolf Harris, no sign of remorse from Conservative Cllr Peter Hiller, and indeed the council leader, another Conservative, Cllr. Marco Cereste poured scorn on the due process of English law, and publicly doubted the validity of Conservative Cllr Peter Hillers' criminal conviction.
Indeed Cllr Peter Hiller is currently a Cabinet member in the no overall control Peterborough City Council, and we are informed by former council solicitor, now PCC Chief Executive Gillian Beasley that convicted Cllr Peter Hiller cannot legally be removed for this criminal act.
She then goes on to correctly cite the legal authorities involved. But there is still nothing to stop Cllr Cereste removing Hiller from his Cabinet ( and possibly locking up any stray bunches of keys). Or Cllr Peter Hiller realising the game is up and start repairing his reputation by simply saying sorry and resigning.
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