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Roy Harper cleared of indecent assault

Folk icon Roy Harper has been cleared of indecently assaulting a 16-year-old girl in the 1980s.

The 73-year-old was acquitted by a unanimous jury decision in Worcester Crown Court yesterday.

Jurors are still considering verdicts on six other charges, alleged to have been committed against an 11-year-old girl in the 1970s.

Harper denies all charges against him. The jury resumes its deliberations today.

Martin Kielty

Not only is one-time online news editor Martin an established rock journalist and drummer, but he’s also penned several books on music history, including SAHB Story: The Tale of the Sensational Alex Harvey Band (opens in new tab), a band he once managed, and the best-selling Apollo Memories (opens in new tab) about the history of the legendary and infamous Glasgow Apollo. Martin has written for Classic Rock and Prog and at one time had written more articles for Louder than anyone else (we think he's second now). He’s appeared on TV and when not delving intro all things music, can be found travelling along the UK’s vast canal network.