Vietnam to deport Gary Glitter to Britain

Gary Glitter listens to the verdict outside the Communist People’s Court in Vung Tau, a seaside resort southeast of Ho Chi Minh City, March 3, 2006. REUTERS/Kham/Files

HANOI (Reuters) – Disgraced British rock star Gary Glitter will be deported to Britain on Tuesday after serving a 27-month sentence for assaulting two young girls, his lawyer said.

Glitter, 63, whose real name is Paul Gadd, was arrested in November 2005 at Ho Chi Minh airport as he tried to leave the country and sentenced to three years in prison after a one-day trial where he pleaded not guilty.

The conviction was upheld on appeal, but the sentence was reduced by three months. The prison time served is counted from the date of arrest, which means he is eligible for release this month.

“My client will need to board a flight to London, his ticket was bought by the authorities here,” Glitter’s lawyer Le Thanh Kinh told Reuters by phone from Ho Chi Minh City.

“After landing in London, he is free to go wherever he wants,” Kinh added.

State media reported this week that Glitter was doing household chores at a prison clinic in Binh Thuan province, 190 km (118 miles) north of Ho Chi Minh City and next to the coastal province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau where he assaulted two 11-year-olds. -old girls while living in a villa.

He rose to fame in the 1970s with a bouffant hairstyle, make-up, high heels and “glam rock” stage performances. His hits include “Rock and Roll (Parts 1 & 2)” and “I Love You Love Me Love”, “Do You Wanna Touch Me (Oh Yeah)” and “I’m the Leader of Gang (I am)”.

Reporting by Nguyen Nhat Lam; Editing by David Fox

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