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The British detective in charge of the
case against Rolf Harris has admitted
there was no independent evidence
the entertainer was at two key events
where girls allege they were groped 40
Detective sergeant Gary Pankhurst
was the last prosecution witness to
give evidence at Harris’s child sex trial
The senior investigating officer
overnight told the court “a lot of
effort” went into trying to determine
if Harris was at a community centre
near Portsmouth in the late 1960s.
That was where one of four main
complainants in the case alleges she
was “aggressively and forcefully”
groped between her legs when aged
seven or eight years old.
The jury was told police had searched
Portsmouth newspapers published
between 1968 and 1970 but “no trace
was found of the event at the Leigh
Park Community Centre described
by (the alleged victim)”.
A search of council records and
letter drops appealing for witnesses
uncovered no definitive proof either.
Two locals did, however, give
evidence last week that they recalled
Harris being in the general area
around that time.
Pankhurst was also quizzed about
another complainant ’s claim that
she was “firmly” groped in the mid-
1970s when, at 13 or 14, she was
working as a waitress in a marquee in
a Cambridge park.
The witness, now in her early 50s,
believes the incident occurred during
an It’s a Knockout celebrity event.
Woodley, QC, insisted: “ There is no
independent evidence of any kind to
put Mr Harris in Cambridge in the
year of 1975.”
During cross-examination, Pank-
hurst agreed the BBC had provided
footage of It ’s a Knockout filmed in
Cambridge in 1975 and there was no
vision of Harris.
Prosecutor Sasha Wass, QC,
however, told the court there had
been plans for a fundraiser to help the
Cambridge team travel to the finals
and a report from the time suggested
organisers were hoping a “ big name
celebrity” would attend.
The event was to take place at the
same park where the alleged victim
recalls being assaulted.
Wass further noted that 40 years ago
the internet did not exist and relevant
information could not simply be
found on Google like today.
Earlier, the jury was shown film
footage of Harris’s principal accuser
— a childhood friend of his daughter
Bindi — shot at the time she claims
the entertainer started abusing her at
The 1978 footage was seized from
the Harris family home west of
London in November 2012 just
days before the artist and singer was
first questioned by detectives from
The main complainant says Harris
first assaulted her when she joined
the family on a holiday to Canada,
Hawaii and Australia in 1978.
In the film the 13-year-old is
playing with others on inflated tubes
on a river.
It also shows Bindi’s friend
swimming in a pool while wearing a
bikini and standing outside a house in
Giving evidence a fortnight ago the
complainant said, when she was 28,
Harris told her the flesh-coloured
bikini she had worn as a young
teenager “turned him on”.
Harris admits having a 10-year
“a ff air” with his daughter’s friend but
says sexual relations began only after
she turned 16.
She insists the entertainer groomed
her “like a pet”.
Wass wrapped up by telling Justice
Nigel Sweeney: “My Lord that is the
case for the prosecution.”
The defence opens its case on
Tuesday with Harris moving from
the glass-walled dock to the witness
It is believed the 84-year-old will
give evidence for two or three days.
Harris is charged with indecently
assaulting four girls in the United
Kingdom between 1968 and 1986.
He denies all 12 counts. — AAP
No proof Harris there when girls groped: police
England’s King Richard III,
whose body was discovered under a
municipal car park, will be reburied
near to where he was slain in
battle 500 years ago, a court ruled
overnight, dashing the hopes of
his distant descendants who had
wanted his remains to be taken
back to his northern stronghold.
The unearthing two years ago of
the remains of the last English king
to die in battle was one of the most
important archaeological finds of
Richard was slain at Bosworth
Field near Leicester, central
England, in 1485, bringing to an
end the rule of the Plantagenet
dynasty after 300 years.
His death was the culmination
of the Wars of the Roses, a bloody
30-year power struggle between
Richard’s House of York and the
rival House of Lancaster.
The whereabouts of his grave had
been a mystery until a skeleton
with cur ved spine and head wounds
was found by archaeologists from
the University of Leicester, with
DNA tests confirming it was
indeed the king.
The university was given
permission by Britain’s Ministry
of Justice to re-bury the king at
But the Plantagenet Alliance,
a group which included some of
Richard’s distant descendants,
asked London’s High Court to
block the burial plans, arguing the
decision on the final resting place
should have been a matter of public
They wanted their ancestor to
be reinterred in the northern city
of York, his power base during his
However, their case was thrown
out by three of the country’s most
senior judges overnight.
“Since Richard III’s exhumation
of Sept. 5, 2012, passions have been
roused and much ink has been
spilled,” their ruling said. “ We agree
that is it is time for Richard III to
be given a dignified reburial and
finally laid to rest. ”
A tough soldier and popular
in the north, Richard remains a
hugely divisive figure in English
history, seen by some as a monster
who murdered two princes — his
own nephews — in the Tower of
London to take the throne, and
by others as an enlightened ruler
unfairly maligned by his enemies.
King Richard III to be buried near battle site
Mayor of Leicester Peter Soulsby walks past a builder’s screen displaying the statue of King Richard lll, after a decision of the Judicial Review
permitting King Richard lll to be buried at Leicester Cathedral in central England.
Armed pro-Russian separatists and a
Ukrainian militia group clashed in the
east of Ukraine overnight, leaving at
least two dead and heightening tension
before a presidential election called to
draw a line under six months of bloody
Kiev ’s pro-Western leaders hope
Sunday night ’s poll (NZ time) will
stabilise the former Soviet republic after
street protests toppled Moscow-backed
president Viktor Yanukovich and pro-
Russian separatists responded by seizing
Crimea and parts of eastern Ukraine.
European leaders will consider steps
against Russia next week if they decide
Moscow has hampered the election,
ranging from restrictions on luxury goods
imports to an oil and gas ban, although
some are wary due to close trade ties.
The Ukrainian authorities have
promised a suspension of anti-separatist
operations on the day of the election,
billed as the most important in 23 years
of independence from Moscow, but the
overnight clash suggested violence may
mar the event.
Two dead bodies were seen after the
three-hour firefight in the morning
between Ukrainian self-defence fighters
and separatists manning a checkpoint in
a rural location west of the big industrial
city of Donetsk.
The pro-Kiev fighters issued a Facebook
statement late in the day saying four of
their men were killed and nine wounded.
“ We are determined that honest
and transparent elections will take
place,” interim Prime Minister Arseny
Yatseniuk declared in talks with two
European Union foreign ministers as
the bloc’s foreign policy chief Catherine
Ashton voiced support for Kiev and its
Yatseniuk added that, despite separatist
plans to disrupt the poll in eastern areas
they control, he believed the majority of
people there opposed the “terrorists” and
condemned their actions.
But Russia’s President Vladimir Putin,
speaking in St Petersburg, said Ukraine
was already in effect in the grip of civil
“A civil war is raging through Ukraine.
But why are we the ones who are
being blamed for this?” he asked at an
international business forum.
After Yanukovich’s overthrow in
February, Russia annexed Ukraine’s
Crimea region and stationed thousands
of troops in combat readiness near
the border with Ukraine as armed
pro-Russian rebels took over strategic
buildings in the east.
It looks askance at Kiev ’s leaders and
their pro-Europe policies, which could
take the former Soviet republic out of
Moscow ’s orbit and denies Kiev’s charges
that it has fomented the separatist
rebellions in the Russian-speaking
Overnight, Moscow said it would
pull back all forces from its border with
Ukraine “within a few days”, a move that,
if carried out, could ease tensions around
Thailand’s military rulers detained
former Prime Minister Yingluck
Shinawatra overnight, a senior officer
said, after summoning her for talks a day
after the army overthrew her caretaker
government in a coup.
As the army moved to consolidate its
grip on the country, its chief, General
Prayuth Chan-ocha, set out his plans for
the country, saying reforms were needed
before an election. But some Thais
defied martial law to protest against the
Prayuth launched his coup after rival
factions refused to give ground in a
struggle for power between the royalist
establishment and Yingluck’s populist
government that had raised fears of serious
violence and damaged the economy.
“ We have detained Yingluck, her sister
and brother-in-law,” a senior military
officer said. The two relatives have held
top political posts.
“ We will do so for not more than week,
that would be too long. We just need to
organise matters in the country first,”
the officer, who declined to be identified,
He declined to say where Yingluck was
being held, but media said she was at an
army base in Saraburi province, north of
Bangkok. Soldiers detained politicians
from both sides yesterday after Prayuth
announced the military takeover, which
drew swift international condemnation.
In what appeared to be a co-ordinated
opposition to the coup, the military
summoned the ousted Yingluck to
a meeting and then banned her and
154 others, including politicians and
activists, from leaving Thailand.
Thaksin Shinawatra, a billionaire
telecommunications tycoon turned
politician who won huge support among
the poor but the loathing of the royalist
establishment, largely over accusations of
corruption and nepotism. He was ousted
as premier in a 2006 military coup.
Responding to the summons, Yingluck
arrived at an army facility at noon along
with other politicians. Prayuth was
there at the same time but there was no
confirmation they met.
After Prayuth had left, nine vans with
tinted windows were seen leaving but it
was not clear if Yingluck was in one of
them or where they were going.
An aide to a minister in the ousted
government who declined to be
identified said some people, including
his minister, had been detained. A
former aide to Yingluck said she had
been out of telephone contact for hours.
Yingluck was forced to step down as
prime minister by a court on May 7 but
her caretaker government, buffeted by
more than six months of protests against
it, had remained nominally in power,
even after the army declared martial law
Prayuth also summoned hundreds of
civil ser vants and told them he needed
“ We must have economic, social and
political reforms before elections. If the
situation is peaceful, we are ready to
return power to the people,” he said.
The military has censored the media,
dispersed rival protesters and imposed a
nationwide 10pm to 5am curfew.
The armed forces have a long history
of inter vening in politics — there
have been 18 previous successful or
attempted coups since Thailand became
a constitutional monarchy in 1932.
Bangkok was mostly calm and life
appeared normal but there was some
opposition to the takeover.
Several hundred people, including
students, gathered in a central shopping
district despite a ban on protests by five
or more people to voice their opposition
to military rule. — Reuters
by Dave Green 1228 Difficulty Level
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1. Which pop group had a hit in 1981 with “Vienna”?
2. Where was the comic book hero Superman born?
3. Mogadishu is the capital of which country?
4. What is New Zealand’s only native mammal?
5. Who wrote the book The Poseidon Adventure?
6. Who was drummer for the travelling band and theatre troupe called
7. In the early 1980s, which American car maker opened a factory in
Belfast where he produced a futuristic car with gull-wing doors?
8. Which actor found fame trying to resist the charms of Mrs Robinson in
the film The Graduate?
9. Who is New Zealand’s most successful athlete at the Winter Olympics?
10. In Greek mythology, who was “the first woman”?
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6 Bruno Lawrence, 7 John De Lorean, 8 Dustin Hoffman, 9 Annelise
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56 Dirty fog (4)
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