Judge Mr Justice Sweeney said that Mr Harris had shown “no remorse” and told him that he took advantage of the trust placed in him because of his celebrity status.

During the course of Harris’ seven-week trial, prosecutor Sasha Wass described him as a “sinister pervert” and suggested that he had a “dark side”.

However, Sonia Woodley QC suggested that to ignore “the good” that Mr Harris had done throughout his career would be unfair, and said that he had led an “upright life” for the past 20 years.

She said that the trial had greatly affected Mr Harris and his family, and that he needed to be with them in the “twilight” years of his life.

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