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  • 7 February 2014, 20:06

Travis Jury Told To Ignore Roache Verdict

The judge in the trial of former BBC DJ Dave Lee Travis has instructed a jury to ignore any separate allegations against other celebrities when reaching its verdict.

The outcome of the William Roache trial, the Savile inquiry and the allegations against Rolf Harris are "irrelevant" to the case, Judge Anthony Leonard said.

"You cannot be unaware that the Savile inquiry has formed several inquiries into several people," he said.

He explained that the forthcoming Rolf Harris trial - also at Southwark Crown Court - and the William Roache case were "all irrelevant".

"There is no such thing as guilt by association. Ignore as irrelevant any allegations that have been made about others."

Referring to the historical nature of the alleged incidents, Judge Leonard said: "A lot has been made of the attitudes to sexual offences in the Seventies."

Although attitudes towards inappropriate behaviour might have changed over the years, the judge went on to say: "This trial is not the place for a debate about changing attitudes to sexual offences committed in the work place."

The jury was also advised not to focus on Travis' celebrity status or the media's interest in the case.

"The fact he is a well known personality does not change the rules or the way that you try this case," he said.

"Do not be overawed or deflated by the interest this case has attracted."

The 68-year-old denies 13 counts of indecent assault and one of sexual assault dating back to 1976.

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