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  • 30 July 2014, 13:04

No Appeal Over 'Lenient' Rolf Harris Jail Term

Rolf Harris's jail term for sex offences will not be referred to the Court of Appeal for being too lenient, the Attorney General's office has confirmed.

The veteran entertainer was sentenced to five years and nine months behind bars for 12 indecent assaults against four women earlier this month.

The office of Attorney General Jeremy Wright MP received 150 complaints that the jail term was not tough enough.

A spokeswoman for Mr Wright said it was decided that the Court of Appeal would be unlikely to increase the sentence.

She said: "The Attorney General understands that his decision not to refer the case may be a disappointment to some people.

"However, he did give extremely careful consideration to this sentence and he concluded that he could not refer it.

"The sentencing judge was bound by the maximum sentence in force at the time of the offending.

"The judge made some of the sentences consecutive to reach the total sentence, but he could not simply add up sentences on individual counts.

"The overall sentence had to be just and proportionate to the overall offending.

"The judge was also required to take into account the age of the offender."

The artist and TV presenter's offences took place between 1968 and 1986 against girls aged between seven or eight and 18.

He was prosecuted in line with the laws in place at the time of his crimes - when the maximum jail term for indecent assault was two years, or five years if the victim was under 13.

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