Rolf Harris arrives at Southwark Crown Court in London.
The jury members in Rolf Harris's child sex abuse trial
have been told it's getting "very close" to the time when they
will be asked to consider their verdict.
The defence closed its case with British broadcaster Sue Cook
telling the court people shouldn't judge Harris too harshly
for not remembering he'd participated in a celebrity sporting
event in Cambridge in the late 1970s.
Justice Nigel Sweeney subsequently told the jury that
"barring something completely unforeseen" the evidence in the
case was completed.
"It follows we are moving towards you making your decisions
in this case," the judge said.
"It's getting very close to you retiring to reach your
Harris is charged with indecently assaulting four girls in
the UK between 1968 and 1986. The 84-year-old denies all 12
Ms Cook, a former Crimewatch presenter, earlier backed
Harris's claim that it was "a lapse of memory", and not a
deliberate lie, when he said he'd never been to Cambridge
until three or four years ago.
Harris is accused of groping a teenage girl on the buttocks
in the university city in the mid-1970s.
After denying he'd been there at the time, footage emerged of
the Australian participating in Star Games at Jesus Green in
Cambridge in 1978.
"I was in Cambridge but I didn't know it was Cambridge,"
Harris said by way of explanation.
"We all went on a bus to get there. We were deposited on the
Ms Cook on Monday saw a news report of Harris's evidence and
told her husband it "wasn't fair" because she couldn't
remember where the show was filmed either.
She tweeted: "I was one of the participants in that Star
Games show in 1978. I must say I have no memory of where it
In court on Thursday, Ms Cook admitted she hadn't actually
appeared in the same episode as Harris but rather a number of
the shows filmed elsewhere in 1979.
But she backed Harris's claim that participants were taken to
a hotel outside the relevant city or town and then bussed to
a recreation ground.
The 65-year-old said she couldn't remember exact locations.
"Where it was, was irrelevant," Ms Cook said.
"The city or town itself was immaterial."
However, under cross-examination by prosecutor Sasha Wass QC,
Ms Cook agreed that at the time "you'd know roughly the
direction you were going in" and where you ended up.
The broadcaster agreed she wouldn't "swear blind" in court -
as Harris did - that she'd hadn't been somewhere. Rather,
she'd likely say she had no memory of it.
Australian entertainer Kerrie Robson also gave evidence on
She toured Malaysia and the Sinai with Harris in 1983 where
they performed for the troops.
Ms Robson, who was 22 at the time, told the jury via
videolink she "never ever" felt uncomfortable in his
"He was almost like a father figure to me, looking after me
on the tour," she said.
Harris would make sure she'd eaten and had enough rest. He
hugged her and everyone else but she never felt uneasy.
The pair went swimming together in the Red Sea, the court was
Harris wore brown pyjamas because he got sunburnt easily and,
again, Ms Robson said, she never felt uncomfortable.
Harris's former Australian tour manager Ken Jeacle appeared
via videolink too.
He said fans would often "rush up" to the performer and put
their arms around him.
"Quite often they would be tactile with him," Mr Jeacle told
The tour manager would have to "extract" the star from those
situations to avoid fans getting too close.
Mr Jeacle said he "absolutely never, categorically never" saw
Harris behave inappropriately towards girls or young women.
The entertainer was a family man who was always talking about
his wife, Alwen, and daughter Bindi, he said.
Under cross-examination Mr Jeacle was adamant the fact Harris
had two extra-marital affairs was none of his business.
"Not only can I not speak about it, I will not speak of that,
because it's none of my concern what Rolf Harris's private
life was," he said.
Ms Wass will make her final speech to the jury early next
week followed by defence lawyer Sonia Woodley QC.
Justice Sweeney will then sum up the case before the jury
retires to consider its verdict.