Sex attacker’s appeal

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A SEXUAL predator locked up for 14 years for a string of attacks on a vulnerable schoolgirl has lost his appeal against his conviction.

Kenneth Harris, aged 60, of Pinfold Street, Eckington, was jailed in January 2009 after he was found guilty of three sexual assaults, three attempted rapes and three counts of causing a child to watch a sex act.

His victim, who cannot be identified, told police Harris forced her to watch child porn and repeatedly tried to have sex with her.

The girl was aged under 10 at the time of the attacks.

Harris went to London’s Appeal Court to seek permission to challenge the jury’s guilty verdicts against him.

Judge Andrew Patience QC said the prosecution had claimed the evidence of the child porn had showed Harris had a “sexual interest in young girls”.

But Harris insisted someone else had downloaded the incriminating images.

Harris was denied permission to challenge his conviction.

Judge Patience, sitting with Lord Justice Pill and Mr Justice Owen, said the girl’s evidence “clearly described acts of attempted rape”.

He added: “The fact that child pornography was found on his computer was plainly admissible and we are of the view that there was abundant evidence on which the jury could convict.”