Hereford & Worcester

Roy Harper cleared of indecently assaulting teenage girl

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Image caption Roy Harper denies 10 sex offences

Folk-rock musician Roy Harper has been cleared of indecently assaulting a 16-year-old girl in the 1980s.

Mr Harper, 73, of Rossmore, near Clonakilty, County Cork, Ireland, was unanimously acquitted by a jury at Worcester Crown Court.

Jurors are still considering verdicts on six other sexual offences alleged to have been committed against an 11-year-old girl in Herefordshire in the 1970s.

All the charges have been denied by Mr Harper.

The prosecution had alleged the musician assaulted the teenager at an address in Hereford between May and December 1980.

The court has heard the alleged abuse against the younger girl took place when Mr Harper was experiencing "a degree of fame" in the 1970s.

He denies the remaining counts of indecent assault, indecency with a child and having sexual intercourse with a child.

At the start of the trial, jurors were told complaints were made to police in 2012 and 2013 about the musician, who said nothing improper had happened with either complainant.

The jury has been sent home and will resume its discussions on the remaining counts on Friday.

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