Gary Glitter guilty of a series of new sexual offenses against children | The Independent


Gary Glitter, the former glam rock star, has been convicted of a series of new child sex offenses by a jury at Southwark Crown Court.

The singer, real name Paul Gadd, 70, was found guilty of one count of attempted rape, four counts of indecent assault and one count of intercourse with a girl under 13 years old.

The former star, who was found guilty by a jury of five men and seven women, faces a life behind bars after being convicted of a series of landmark sex offenses against three young girls.

Judge Alistair McCreath told the former star he was taking him into custody “in light of the verdicts”. He will be sentenced on the morning of February 27.

Gadd, who had denied all charges, raised his eyebrows and looked shocked in the dock as the verdicts were read, before giving kisses to a public gallery full of reporters as he was ushered into the cells .

He was cleared of two counts of indecent assault and one count of administering a drug or other thing for the purpose of facilitating sexual intercourse.

Gadd was the first person to be arrested in connection with Operation Yewtree.

During the trial, three of Gadd’s victims cried a lot as they recounted the abuse they suffered

The court heard how Gadd crawled into the bed of a schoolgirl aged under 10 and attempted to rape her. She escaped the assault because she pulled away from the singer until she was wrapped in a ‘cocoon’ of blankets, before locking herself in the bathroom when the singer walked away. fell asleep later.

Another victim, now in her 50s, told in court how she believed she was ‘dating’ Gad when she was 12, the age at which he showered her with champagne before sexually assaulting her.

Baljit Ubhey, Chief Crown Prosecutor and Head of the Crown Prosecution Service in London, said: “Paul Gadd abused his access to young fans in order to give himself the opportunity to assault and abuse his victims. Such crimes have impacts on victims that can last a lifetime.

Court artist sketch by Elizabeth Cook of Gary Glitter appearing at Southwark Crown Court in London

(Elizabeth Cook/PA Wire)

“The bravery of the victims and other witnesses in this case cannot be underestimated and their testimony has been vital in bringing Paul Gadd to justice. I hope today’s verdict will be of some help to those victims.

“It should also give other victims of sexual abuse the courage to come forward, knowing that their case will be handled with sensitivity and professionalism.”

Asked if any other complainants had come forward during the trial, a Met spokeswoman said: ‘Officers have received further information and it is currently being assessed.

Gadd fell out of favor when in 1999 he was jailed for four months after admitting to having 4,000 images of child pornography.

In 2006, he was convicted of sexually abusing two girls in Vietnam, aged 10 and 11. He had previously been deported from Cambodia over unspecified allegations.

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