Roy Harper To Stand Trial Next Year

Singer faces child sex offence charges
Roy Harper

Roy Harper is set to stand trial next year facing child sex offence charges.

Earlier this year, Roy Harper was stopped by police at Heathrow whilst attempting to board a flight back to his home in the Republic of Ireland. Questioned over child sex offences, the case has since entered the courts.

Given unconditional bail, the songwriter will return to court in March for a plea hearing. ITN reports (via NME) that a trial date of August has been set for the singer.

Roy Harper faces a total of nine child sex offence charges, all dating back to the mid 70s. The charges all relate to the same girl, and include two counts of unlawful sexual intercourse, three charges of indecent assault and four of gross indecency.

As a result of the news, Roy Harper's scheduled appearance at London's Royal Festival Hall tonight (December 3rd) has been cancelled. The songwriter was due to take part in a tribute to Bert Jansch, but due to recent events Harper will not now take part in the lavish concert.

A renowned songwriter in his own right, Roy Harper appeared on Pink Floyd's 1975 cut 'Have A Cigar On Me' while Led Zeppelin were moved to pen 'Hats Off (To Roy Harper)'.

The case is ongoing.

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