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Wednesday 30 July 2014

Glitter planning move here 'as soon as he can'

Paul Melia

Published 01/09/2008|00:00

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Former pop star Gary Glitter in Heathrow Airport last month after serving a jail sentence for child-sex offences in Vietnam Photo Getty Images

Convicted paedophile Gary Glitter is considering moving to Ireland because he believes he will be left alone by the media here.

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Yesterday his lawyer Giovanni di Stefano revealed that Glitter -- real name Paul Gadd -- planned to move here because it is the "best place" for him, adding the disgraced singer would make his way here "as soon as he can".

Glitter (64) has been in hiding since his return to England two weeks ago after serving three years in a Vietnam prison for molesting two young girls aged 10 and 11. He also served two months in 1997 for downloading child pornography.

His proposed move has prompted calls for the Government to tighten up the law on sex offenders. The Irish Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Children (ISPCC) said anybody with a conviction for abusing children was not required to attend treatment facilities or stay away from minors.

The organisation said the resources were not in place to assess paedophiles to determine what risk they posed, adding the law only required them to notify gardai of their address. Orders compelling them to stay away from schools or other gathering points were rarely handed down.

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"There are no restrictions on convicted paedophiles coming in, but they do have to notify gardai as to where they're living," spokeswoman Mary Nicholson said.

"If someone is convicted they should be monitored and tracked."

Glitter's lawyer Mr Di Stefano told a Sunday newspaper: "He will probably be left alone over there (Ireland). There has been so much written about the child abuse within the Catholic Church he is hopeful he will be the least of their concerns.

"Gary is very happy about the idea of moving to Ireland. From what I understand, he'll make his way to Ireland as soon as he can."

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