Rolf Harris found not guilty, could be free in months

Disgraced entertainer Rolf Harris could be freed from prison within months after being found not guilty of more sex charges. 

Harris is currently serving a five-year, nine-month prison term after being found guilty on 12 counts of indecent assault against four women and girls, including one eight-year-old. 

He is due for release on parole in May or June.

On Thursday he was found not guilty on three additional counts of assaulting two women and a girl after a month-long trial in London.

Harris' lawyer Daniel Blake said Harris was grateful for the verdict. 

"Mr Harris is grateful for the care and attention the jury has given to his case and for the not guilty verdicts returned," Mr Berke said.

"Given the uncertainty as to what will now happen, no further comment can be made."

The lack of certainty lies around four charges of indecent assault on which the jury failed to reach a verdict. The jury deliberated for more than 26 hours before being discharged.

The court will decide whether to hold a retrial in the next week.

Harris was found not guilty of sexually assaulting a 42-year-old woman during the filming of Test Your Pet in 2004. He was also found not guilty of indecently assaulting a 27-year-old blind and disabled women, and a 13- or 14-year-old girl.

The charges alleged Harris touched touched his victims inappropriately, incidents characterised by the Crown as groping. The alleged incidents occurred across London between 1971 and 2004.

The 86-year-old is serving his sentence in Stafford Prison, a minimum-security facility in Stafford. The jail has held only sex-offenders since 2014. It offers offending behaviour programmes "which target the criminogenic needs of [the] prisoners". 

Here is a snapshot of the case:

Who: Rolf Harris, 86-year-old Australian entertainer, artist and television personality.

Charges: Six counts of indecent assault and one of sexual assault against girls and women aged between 13 and 42 when the offences were committed between 1971 and 2004.

The arrest: While in jail following his first indecent assault convictions in 2014, Harris is interviewed about further allegations in February 2015 by Operation Yewtree officers investigating historical child sex abuse.

He is charged in February 2016 with a further seven indecency counts and pleads not guilty the following month.

The trial: The prosecution said Harris's previous convictions showed he had an "appetite" for groping girls and young women in public venues.

The defence accused complainants of fabricating their claims in the hopes of gaining financial compensation.

Today's verdicts: The jury of seven women and five men found Harris not guilty on two counts of  indecent assault and one of sexual assault but could not reach majority verdicts on four other counts.

Next steps: The judge discharged the jury and has set a hearing date of February 15 to determine if a retrial will take place on the undecided charges.

Newshub. / AAP