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Victim says paedo Rolf Harris’ mocking song shows he has no remorse

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Rolf Harris has written a song in prison
Rolf Harris has written a song in prison

Rolf Harris's song mocking his victims shows that, after a year in prison, he "still doesn't care", one of them said today.

"There's no alternative but to take very seriously the fact that after a year, of a guilty verdict, sitting in a prison, he still doesn't take responsibility, he still doesn't care," said Karen Gardner, who was assaulted by the star in Cambridge in 1977 when she was 16.

Her written evidence formed part of the prosecution case at Harris's trial.

In a letter the disgraced entertainer said his victims were "joining the feeding frenzy" by getting their "hooks into his dough". He also said his life behind bars was "no hardship really".

The 85-year-old was handed a six-year jail term last year for a string of sex attacks on girls as young as seven.

His letter was reportedly sent from Stafford Prison to a friend, who handed it to newspaper reporters.

One line of the song, which Harris said he would like to set to country rock music, reads: "Perhaps you believe you're pretty still, some perfumed sultry wench?"

Other lines say: "Make him burn, get your 50-year-old hooks into his dough.

"Make him burn, burn, burn. Come and join the feeding frenzy, girls."

Ms Gardner, who works for BBC Wiltshire, told the BBC Radio: "I was less harmed than most of the girls, but I was only 16. He did assault me, and I can remember it very well.

"One of the things he says is that his victims have come out 30, 40 years ago. I can tell you that I can remember that his aftershave smelled of spice, that his breath smelled of menthol, that his hands were so sweaty they stained my jeans, and I never wore them again.

"None of us need this and if he gets parole, if he gets out before the end of his sentence, how do we ever feel that society is looking after us or any of the other people he hurt, or anyone that anyone hurts in that situation?"

Asked if the letter was a surprise, she said: "He's a typical offender of that nature - he used his hands and his words to damage young women. It was sexual, it was about power, but he didn't leave any physical evidence, and that's what men like that do.

"That is one of the things that is most upsetting, I suppose, about what came out yesterday, is the comments from people who support him or don't want to believe what he did.

"If he had caused physical damage, if he'd bruised us or broken our limbs, nobody would question that he should be punished 40 years later. Because he didn't leave physical evidence, they think somehow it wasn't as bad. Yet what he did was damage young women's self-worth, their confidence and, for some of those women, he affected them deeply for the rest of their lives."

Last month the Crown Prosecution Service was handed a "full file" of evidence about further allegations against Harris, according to sources.

He was unmasked as a predatory paedophile when he was found guilty of 12 indecent assaults, at London's Southwark Crown Court last July.

Sentencing judge Mr Justice Sweeney said Harris showed no remorse for his crimes.

He said: ''Your reputation lies in ruins, you have been stripped of your honours, but you have no one to blame but yourself.''

Harris was unanimously found guilty of molesting four girls, including one woman who was just seven or eight at the time and was groped when she asked for his autograph, and another two who fell prey as young teenagers.

The veteran presenter, who charmed television audiences for decades, was also convicted of a catalogue of abuse against another young victim, who prosecutors said Harris groomed from the age of 13 and used like ''his little toy''.

The accusations dated between 1968 and 1986, and the girls were targeted between the ages of seven or eight and 19.

Harris had his CBE annulled at the order of the Queen following his conviction.