Leading child abuse solicitor Peter Garsden has today spoken on regional and national radio concerning the similarities between Rolf Harris and the late Jimmy Savile. This comes after the jury in the Rolf Harris sex abuse trial returned guilty verdicts on all 12 counts and convicted him of the abuse of four girls.
Mr Garsden, who is the Principal of Simpson Millar and also the President of the Association of Child Abuse Lawyers believes that like Savile, Rolf Harris was a Jekyl and Hyde type character who ‘fooled everyone.’ He said: “Savile was the same as Harris but perhaps not as genial. Some said Savile was a frightening individual who you didn’t cross, not only because he had been an all in wrestler in contrast to Harris whose hobby was less physical in the form of art.
Speaking before the sentencing scheduled for Friday, Peter Garsden said: “The judge will be hampered again by the law which puts a cap on sentences which relate to offences taking place a long time ago when the punishment was different, on the basis that if Harris had been prosecuted at the time of the offences, the sentence would have been more lenient.”
To read Peter Garsden’s blog visit www.abuselaw.blogspot.co.uk