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‘unduly lenient ’
Rolf Harris’s prison sentence has
been referred to the UK attorney-
general as possibly being unduly
Dominic Grieve was asked to look
at Harris’s prison term of five years
and nine months just hours after it
was handed down on overnight at
Southwark Crown Court.
A spokesman for the attorney-
general’s office told AAP anybody
could request a review including
the Crown Prosecution Ser vice or
members of the public.
“I can confirm the sentence
handed to Rolf Harris has been
referred to the attorney-general’s
office under the unduly lenient
spokesman said in a statement.
“It only takes one person to trigger
The attorney-general now has 28
days to decide whether or not to
refer Harris’s sentence to the Court
It could increase the length of
time Harris will spend in jail or
leave his sentence unchanged.
As it stands the 84-year-old is
likely to ser ve less than three years
in jail for indecently assaulting
four girls who were left feeling
robbed of their innocence.
Harris was sentenced to five years
and nine months for 12 indecent
assaults, however Justice Nigel
Sweeney said he would ser ve half
That means the convicted sexual
predator could be released in less
than three years.
The 84-year-old Australian artist
and entertainer showed no reaction
when he heard the sentence.
unanimous verdicts on Monday
showed Harris “was a sex offender”.
“ You took advantage of the trust
placed in you because of your
celebrity status,” the judge said.
“ You got a thrill from committing
the offences while others were
present or nearby.”
Justice Sweeney said Harris had
shown no remorse for the crimes
“ Your reputation lies in ruins,” he
“ You have no one to blame but
Harris was immediately driven
away in a prison van to Wandsworth
prison in south west London.
He will then be transferred at a
later date to a lower-security facility.
After leaving his Thames-side
house by boat, the convicted sexual
predator arrived at court overnight
prepared for jail with a colourful
He had the medium-size
suitcase with him in the dock as
Justice Sweeney handed down the
Harris was convicted on Monday
of indecently assaulting four young
girls in the UK between 1968 and
The court heard from the victims
before the sentencing, including
the main complainant in the case
a childhood friend of Harris’s
Harris began abusing her when
she was 13 and she said in a victim
impact statement read to the court
that the abuse had left her feeling
“dirty, grubby and disgusting”.
“The whole sordid saga has
traumatised me,” she said in the
statement read out by prosecution
lawyer Esther Schutzer-Weissman.
The woman, now 49, said after
she was first abused, she had panic
attacks, suffered from anxiety and
She said she never fulfilled her
ambitions of a career and family “as
a direct result of his actions”.
Justice Sweeney said: “I have no
doubt you fancied (the victim) even
at that young age. ”
Harris twice abused the teen at her
own home in south-east London
and, subsequently, on another two
occasions at his residence in Bray
west of the capital.
The victim was under 16 when the
incidents occurred between 1979
and early 1981.
Harris also indecently assaulted
her in his own indoor swimming
pool in 1984 when she was 19.
The Australian subsequently
abused her for another decade.
“ It was your crimes against her
that resulted in her becoming
an alcoholic for many years,”
Justice Sweeney said, adding that
the assaults caused her “severe
Australian woman Tonya Lee
said Harris’s assault on her in 1986
when she was 15 was a “turning
point ” in her life from which she
Harris’s youngest victim was
seven or eight when he groped her
after she asked for his autograph in
the late 1960s.
In those few moments, her
“childhood innocence was gone”,
she said in her statement.
A fourth victim said the star
“treated me like a toy” when he
assaulted her at a celebrity sporting
event in Cambridge when she was a
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People spray water during the Tel Aviv water war fight at Habima Square in Tel Aviv, Israel. Hundreds of Israelis and tourists took part in the annual water
fight now in its 10th year.
Russia’s parliament passed a law
overnight to force Internet sites that
store the personal data of Russian
citizens to do so inside the country,
a move the Kremlin says is for data
protection but which critics see an
attack on social networks.
The law will mean that from 2016, all
Internet companies will have to move
Russian data onto ser vers based in
Russia or face being blocked from the
web. That would likely affect US-based
social networks such as Facebook,
Coming after new rules requiring
blogs attracting more than 3000 daily
visits to register with a communications
watchdog and a regulation allowing
websites to be shut without a court
order, critics say the law is part of a
wave of censorship.
“The aim of this law is to create ...
(another) quasi-legal pretext to close
Facebook, Twitter, You Tube and all
other ser vices,” Internet expert and
blogger Anton Nossik told Reuters.
“The ultimate goal is to shut mouths,
enforce censorship in the country
and shape a situation where Internet
business would not be able to exist and
Putin, an ex-KGB officer who has
called the Internet a “CIA project ”,
denied he was restricting web freedoms,
saying his main concern was protecting
children from indecent content.
Speaking to a business forum in May,
he denied there were plans to ban
Facebook and Twitter.
The Kremlin adopted a law earlier
this year giving authorities power to
block websites deemed either extremist
or a threat to public order without a
Among the websites blocked were
those of Kremlin critics Alexei Navalny
and Garry Kasparov because they
“contained calls for illegal activity ”.
Last month a senior Twitter
executive met the head of Russia’s
Roskomnadzor, after it was asked to
block a dozen unspecified accounts. A
Twitter spokesman later said it had not
agreed to block any accounts in Russia.
Putin has adopted an increasingly
conser vative stance since he faced
massive protests against his return to
the Kremlin in 2012. Protesters used
social networks to share critical views
of the authorities and coordinate their
Law forces sites to store personal data in Russia
A primary school in southern France
is in shock after a teacher was stabbed
to death in front of her young pupils by
a student ’s mother described as having
After what Education Minister Benoit
Hamon described as an “appalling” crime,
the 47-year-old assailant fled to her home
but was quickly detained by police.
The attack on the 34-year-old teacher
took place around 9am as classes began
on the last day of term at Albi’s Edouard
Herriot primary school, which is attended
by 284 students aged from three to 11.
Officials said the mother showed up in
the classroom with a knife and stabbed
the teacher, Fabienne Terral-Calmes, a
mother of two young girls, in front of her
The teacher died at the scene while
being treated by emergency ser vices.
The assailant ’s young daughter had been
enrolled at the school for about a month-
and-a-half, officials said, but it was
unclear if the girl was in the classroom at
the time of the stabbing.
“This is an appalling act, a murder, a
murder of a teacher in her classroom
in front of her students, by a woman
who... seems to suffer from significant
psychiatric problems,” Hamon said after
arriving in Albi.
“I want to pay hommage to the memory
of Fabienne Terral-Calmes. She was 34
years old, a school teacher and mother
to two little girls, Romane and Adele,”
“They have lost their mother and the
national education system has lost a
The incident comes amid concerns in
France over assaults on teachers, with
a study released on Thursday saying
that education workers were twice as
likely to be threatened and insulted than
people in other professions.
Woman stabbed teacher to death in front of class
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