Hereford & Worcester

Roy Harper cleared of indecently assaulting an 11-year-old girl

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Image caption Roy Harper denied sex offences

Musician Roy Harper has been cleared of indecently assaulting an 11-year-old girl in Herefordshire in the 1970s.

The jury at Worcester Crown Court was discharged after failing to reach verdicts on five other sexual abuse charges related to the same child.

On Thursday the 73-year-old, of Rossmore, near Clonakilty in County Cork, Ireland, was acquitted of indecently assaulting a 16-year-old girl in Hereford in 1980.

He had denied all the charges.

The folk-rock musician was acquitted of the two counts of indecent assault following a three-week trial.

But jurors, who deliberated for more than 13 hours, failed to agree majority verdicts on two further counts of indecent assault, two of indecency with a child, and one of having sex with a child.

Discharging the jury, Judge Robert Juckes QC gave prosecutors two weeks to consider whether to seek a re-trial on the remaining charges, which all relate to the younger complainant.

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