Folk icon faces trial over sex charges

Ledbury Reporter: ACCUSED: Veteran folk singer Roy Harper is facing sex charges. ACCUSED: Veteran folk singer Roy Harper is facing sex charges.

VETERAN folk performer Roy Harper is set to be tried next year over allegations he committed a string of sex offences in the Herefordshire area in the 1970s.

The singer-songwriter was not required to appear for a short preliminary hearing at Worcester Crown Court on Monday.

Harper, of Rossmore, near Clonakilty, Co Cork, in the Republic of Ireland, faces nine charges, including two counts of having unlawful sexual intercourse with a girl aged under 13. The singer also faces three charges of indecent assault and four of gross indecency.

The 72-year-old is on unconditional bail and will next appear in the court on March 24, 2014, for a plea hearing.

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