Gary Glitter jailed: Paedophile rock star sentenced to 16 years for sex attacks on schoolgirls
Gary Glitter faces dying behind bars after being jailed for 16 years for sexually abusing three schoolgirls.
The 70-year-old, real name Paul Gadd, was sentenced after being found guilty of one count of attempted rape, one count of unlawful sexual intercourse with a girl under 13, and four counts of indecent assault.
Glitter, dressed in a black velvet coat and burgundy scarf, showed no reaction as he was led from the dock after he was sentenced at London’s Southwark Crown Court.
There was standing room only in court as loyal ‘fans’ of the singer gathered in the public gallery to see him learn his fate.
Sentencing, Judge Alistair McCreath said he could find “no real evidence” that Gadd had atoned for his crimes.
Sentencing the singer Judge Alistair McCreath said: “I have read the victim impact statements of all three victims. It is clear , in their different ways, they were all profoundly effected by your abuse of them.
“You did all of them real and lasting damage and you did so for no other reason than to obtain sexual gratification for yourself of a wholly improper kind.”
He added: “The offences for which I must pass sentence today took place many years ago at a time when in particular, in respect of one of them, the maximum sentence was considerably lower than that which is now available.”
Sallie Bennett-Jenkins QC, defending, told the court that Gadd had been subject to a “very high degree of vilification” and “demonification” in the press after being jailed in Vietnam in 2006 for molesting two girls aged 11 and 12.
She said he had led “an increasingly isolated life” for the last decade and had been unable to walk down the street “without being the subject of vilification”.
The disgraced star appears to still have support despite his horrendous crimes as ‘fans’ were outside court from 8am this morning. One Fan of Gary Glitter sitting in court was flicking through an old Jackie magazine with pictures of the singer in it as the court waited for sentencing – Other fans had waited outside the court for hours.
Glitter was found guilty of 1 count of attempted rape,4 counts of indecent assault & 1 count of sexual intercourse with girl under age of 13
In early February he was found guilty of having sex with a girl under the age of 13.
He was also convicted of one count of attempted rape and four counts of indecent assault after a three week trial in which he firmly denied the allegations.
One girl was younger than 10 years old when he crept into her bed and tried attacked her in 1975.
Glitter attacked two of his victims, aged 12 and 13, after inviting them backstage to his dressing room and isolating them from their mothers.
The 12-year-old, who had been drinking Moet champagne, was also taken to his hotel room before he subjected her to a prolonged episode of sexual abuse and had sex with her in 1977.
Towards the end of the decade he struck again, sliding his hand up the 13-year-old girl’s skirt as she sat on his lap in his dressing room.
Disgraced Gary Glitter wears ridiculous disguise as he makes a rare public outing
Shamed popstar Gary Glitter was photographed near his London flat recently while sporting a ridiculous grey wig.
It is one of the many disguises that the convicted sex offender favours in order to protect himself from unwanted attention.
However he is now gradually adjusting to going out in public once more, three years after his return from Vietnam.
The 67-year-old has a series of wigs that he wears when out and about in London, and the grey tufty number certainly was not making him look any less ludicrous – or more conspicuous.
Glitter, 66, real name Paul Gadd, is on the sex offenders’ register and is banned from 19 countries.
He was jailed in Vietnam for sexually assaulting two girls aged 10 and 11 and was deported back to the UK in 2008.
In 1999 he was imprisoned for possessing child pornography.
Since his return to the UK he has rarely been seen but he may be starting to become accustomed to living a normal life again.
The former glam rock star’s music has largely been banned from the airways since his fall from grace.
He had several hit songs during the 1970s and continued to record into the 1980s and 1990s.
Earlier this year, Gwyneth Paltrow was criticised for performing one of Glitter’s songs on US TV show Glee.
Children’s charities condemned the notion that her rendition of Do You Wanna Touch Me would earn Glitter money in royalty payments.
Glitter child abuse sentence cut
Pop star Gary Glitter has had his three-year child molestation sentence in Vietnam reduced by three months.
Glitter, real name Paul Francis Gadd, was convicted of the sexual abuse of two Vietnamese girls in March 2006.
Tran Thi Thien Huong, a judge on the deciding panel, said the decision under a national amnesty means Glitter will now be released in August 2008.
The incidents involved two girls aged 10 and 11 from the southern coastal city of Vung Tau.
Vietnam traditionally reduces the sentences of inmates with good prison records as part of a nationwide Lunar New Year jail amnesty.
Glitter could have had his sentence reduced by up to half under the amnesty.
Glitter’s lawyer had earlier told journalists his client could be freed from Thu Duc prison, in the south of the country, in as little as a week.
The panel of three judges said they had to balance Glitter’s good behaviour in prison with the seriousness of the crimes he had committed. Other amnesties could reduce his sentence further.
Christine Beddoe, director of child protection group Ecpat UK, said she was “disappointed” that Glitter’s sentence had been cut.
“Ecpat UK fully believes that Paul Gadd should serve the fullest sentence in order to protect children in Vietnam and the rest of the world,” she said.
“We believe that the British government must request his deportation at the end of his sentence and immediate return to the UK, and he should be put on the sex offenders’ register.”
After a two-day trial that attracted a great deal of media attention, Glitter was jailed and ordered to pay 5m Vietnamese dong (£180/$315) to his victims’ families. He has been in jail since November 2005.
Ahead of the decision, Glitter’s lawyer, Le Thanh Kinh, was optimistic that the judges would reduce the sentence.
He said: “Glitter is an old man and he is not in good health. And he has paid compensation to the victims as required by the court.”
Glitter was convicted of possessing child pornography in the UK in 1999 and served half of a four-month jail sentence.
He later went to Cambodia, which permanently expelled him in 2002.