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Harris jury set to retire

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The judge in charge of Rolf Harris’s indecent assault trial is continuing to sum up the case before asking the jury to consider its verdict.

It’s now expected the 12 jurors will retire on Thursday to begin their deliberations.

Justice Nigel Sweeney on Wednesday summarised the evidence given by the main complainant in the case.

A childhood friend of Harris’s daughter Bindi, she claims the star first abused her when she joined the family on an overseas holiday in 1978.

The then “excruciatingly shy” 13-year-old had taken a shower at their Hawaii hotel and was wrapped only in a towel when Harris gave her “one of his big hugs and tickles”, the alleged victim told the court in May.

The performer then allegedly put his fingers into her crotch area.

A courtroom sketch of Rolf Harris

Justice Sweeney on Wednesday reminded the jury that Harris admitted in court that he admired the bikini his daughter’s friend wore on the trip.

The 84-year-old accepted during cross examination that “he admired her in that bikini, that was, in hindsight, a sexual remark to the effect that he admired her body, indeed that she had a great body”, the judge said.

Justice Sweeney also reminded the jury that Harris insisted he did not indecently assault the main complainant in Hawaii as alleged.

The judge said Bindi in her police interview noted she couldn’t remember going to Hawaii; however, she told the court “the two of them were together every single moment of every single day”.

Bindi couldn’t recall any moment they were separated in Hawaii, saying the friends were “stuck together like glue”, Justice Sweeney told the jury.

Harris’s daughter, in her evidence, told the court she hadn’t noticed any change in her friend’s behaviour during the holiday.

Justice Sweeney on Tuesday asked the jury to calmly consider the evidence in the case and then have the courage to deliver true verdicts “whatever the consequences”.

Harris is charged with indecently assaulting four girls in Britain between 1968 and 1986.

Another six women have given supporting evidence that the artist abused them in Australia, New Zealand and Malta.

Harris denies touching any of the women inappropriately.

The trial continues.

– with AAP