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Blind and disabled woman felt 'trapped' by Rolf Harris

By Jemma Crew

A blind, disabled woman has described how she felt "completely and utterly trapped" by Rolf Harris as he spread his hands over her body, a court heard.

Disabled since birth, she was totally blind and had to walk with a stick when she was allegedly groped by Harris at Moorfields Eye Hospital in London in 1977, Southwark Crown Court heard.

The woman, who was not at the time an in-patient at the hospital, recalled hearing a door to the room she was in opening and recognising the voice of the TV star whom she was expecting to meet.

She remembered feeling hot air from Harris's nostrils and his beard tickling the back of her neck after he approached "from absolutely nowhere", and could tell he was getting excited as his breathing got heavier, the court heard.

"I have never met anyone who could spread their hands across my body so quickly," she said.

Harris, who appeared by video-link, is serving a sentence at Stafford Prison for a series of offences of indecent assault carried out on four female victims. He maintains his innocence, the prosecutor said, and has pleaded not guilty.

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