Rolf Harris pleads not guilty
TV entertainer Rolf Harris appeared in court on Monday for the first time accused of 13 child sexual offenses, including nine counts of assault and four counts of making indecent images of a child last year. The 83-year-old Australian entertainer’s lawyer said that he would plead not guilty to the charges in the brief hearing at Westminster magistrates court in London. Harris spoke only to confirm his name, date of birth and address, and sat expressionless in the glass-encased dock as the 13 charges were read to him by a court official. Harris is accused of three counts of indecently assaulting a 14-year-old girl in 1986 and six of indecently assaulting a girl aged between 15 and 16 from 1980 to 1981. He is also charged with four counts of making indecent images of a child between March and July last year.
10 killed in massacre
Two gunmen burst into a home east of the border city of Ciudad Juarez, where people were celebrating a baseball victory and killed 10 people, authorities said on Monday. The killings occurred on Sunday night in Loma Blanca, a town in the Juarez Valley. The dead included a seven-year-old girl, her mother, three teenage boys and five adult men, said Arturo Sandoval, spokesman for the Chihuahua state prosecutors’ office. The bodies were found scattered over a radius of about 11m around the home, suggesting some had tried to flee when they were gunned down. A man who was at the party said he saw only one young gunman. The man who asked not to be named said the killings was likely motivated by resentment over the team’s victory.
Two policemen detained
Two police officers were arrested for allegedly participating in the killing of 12 young people found in a mass grave after being kidnapped from a Mexico City bar, prosecutors said on Monday. Authorities have not identified the two latest suspects, saying only that they were stationed in the area where the crime took place. The arrests bring the number of suspects in the case to 17, including two owners of the bar. The broad daylight kidnapping happened just steps from the city’s main boulevard. The bodies were unearthed in a ranch outside the capital last month, three months after the disappearance. A 13th body found in the mass grave was actually one of the perpetrators of the crime, media reports said. Prosecutors say the mass kidnapping was ordered as revenge for the murder of a drug dealer.
Gorilla sent for therapy
A male gorilla at the Dallas Zoo will be sent to South Carolina for therapy after he bit one female gorilla and sneered at others, zoo officials said on Monday. Patrick, a 195kg Western lowland gorilla, will be moving to the Riverbanks Zoo and Gardens in Columbia, which is known for working with gorillas with behavior problems. Dallas Zoo officials said Patrick gets along fine with humans, but not with other gorillas. They said they have tried repeatedly to socialize him with the other gorillas, particularly the females, in the hopes that he might get along and even breed. Instead, he bit one female and sneered and nipped at others. Patrick was more tolerant of other male gorillas, but seemed only to engage with Jabari, who was shot death by police after he escaped in 2004 and injured three people. Patrick is being moved to make way for the zoo’s two recently acquired male gorillas, including Zola, a breakdancing gorilla who stars in a video that has gone viral on the Internet.