Gary Glitter sentenced to 16 years in prison for sexual assault


Gary Glitter will be sentenced today for a series of historic sexual assaults against three schoolgirls. Photo: PA

The 70-year-old, real name Paul Gadd, was told there was no evidence he had atoned for his actions as he was convicted on one count of attempted rape, a reports count unlawful sex 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 off the dock after being sentenced at Southwark Crown Court in London.

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However, he could face further charges as Scotland Yard has confirmed it has received more information since the convictions, which are “being assessed”.

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, that they have all been deeply affected by your abuse of them.

“You have caused real and lasting harm to all of them and you have done so for no other reason than to obtain sexual gratification for yourself of a wholly inappropriate kind.”

Regarding Glitter’s first victim, the judge said: “It is difficult to overstate the depravity of this appalling behavior.”

Referring to the second girl, who was attacked after a nightclub performance, Judge told Glitter he was able to attack her “because of, and only because of, your fame”.

Judge McCreath said: “Assessing the damage done by sexual offenses is not easy in the immediate or near immediate aftermath. But where the offense took place many years ago, it is much easier.

He concluded that if Glitter had sought professional help to understand his sexual attitudes and behavior, it “did not include any admission of the wrong you had done, particularly the offenses of which you are now convicted.”

Glitter was at the height of his fame when preying on his vulnerable victims, who thought no one would believe their celebrity claims. He attacked two girls, aged 12 and 13, after inviting them backstage to his dressing room and isolating them from their mothers.

Glitter’s youngest victim was under ten when he crawled into her bed and attempted to rape her in 1975. But the allegations weren’t revealed until about 40 years later when Glitter became the first person to be arrested in Operation Yewtree – the investigation has been launched. by the Met following the Jimmy Savile scandal.

Glitter suffered a spectacular disgrace in 1999 when he admitted to owning 4,000 images of child pornography and was jailed for four months.

In 2002 he was deported from Cambodia over unspecified allegations, and in 2006 he was convicted of sexually abusing two girls, aged 10 and 11, in Vietnam.

During the trial, the three Glitter victims sobbed as they recounted their ordeals.

A woman, now in her 50s, has described how she attended a house party – where she had previously met Alvin Stardust – on the night she was attacked in 1975.

Glitter’s second victim was 12 when he attacked her after a performance in the spring of 1977 at Baileys nightclub in Leicester.

She first went backstage with her mother and had a gold jacket autographed while drinking Moët champagne, but was later invited to the singer’s Holiday Inn hotel suite where he assaulted her sexually all night.

Two charges of indecent assault related to a third girl, aged 13 when the singer invited her to sit on his lap in his dressing room between October 1979 and December 1980.

Glitter claimed there was no way he abused the girls in his dressing room because his rigorous wig maintenance routine required him to immediately return to his suite and clean his hairpiece.

Glitter, from Marylebone in central London, has denied the allegations made against him.

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