British DJ Travis convicted of indecent assault

23rd September 2014, Comments 0 comments

Veteran British DJ Dave Lee Travis was on Tuesday found guilty of indecent assault following a retrial on charges brought by women dating back to the 1990s.

Travis, a former top BBC broadcaster, was convicted by a margin of 10-2 of groping a female television personality working on a television show in 1995.

The 69-year-old was cleared of a second indecent assault charge by the jury at London's Southwark Crown Court after over 19 hours of deliberations.

He was also cleared on another charge of sexual assault after the six men and six women were unable to reach a verdict, and prosecutor Teresa Hay told the court that the Crown would not be seeking a retrial.

Travis, one of the biggest names in British broadcasting in the 1970s and 1980s, was in February cleared of 12 indecent assault charges brought after a number of women contacted police investigating abuse by another BBC star, Jimmy Savile.

But they were unable to decide on two further counts and a retrial was ordered, while a further charge of indecent assault was added.

Judge Anthony Leonard said he was considering "all options" for sentencing.

Travis, who was prosecuted under his real name of David Griffin, counted Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi as a fan.

He hosted the breakfast show on BBC Radio 1, Britain's main pop music station, between 1978 and 1980.

That slot and his bearded appearance led to him being nicknamed "The Hairy Cornflake".

© 2014 AFP

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