Monday 9 December 2019

Gary Glitter appears in court to deny sex offences

Former British pop star Gary Glitter has appeared in court in England to deny a string of historic sex offences against three girls. Photo credit: REUTERS/Neil Hall
Former British pop star Gary Glitter has appeared in court in England to deny a string of historic sex offences against three girls. Photo credit: REUTERS/Neil Hall

Alex Diaz

Gary Glitter has appeared in court in England to deny a string of historic sex offences against three girls.

The 70-year-old, from Marylebone in central London, faces 10 charges relating to alleged crimes committed in the 1970s and early 1980s.

The former pop star, whose real name is Paul Gadd, listened to proceedings at south London's Southwark Crown Court with the assistance of a hearing device and spoke to enter not guilty pleas to the charges.

Sporting his trademark goatee, he arrived in court wearing a fedora hat, navy blue double-breasted jacket, grey trousers, a white shirt and a silk pink tie. Gadd is accused of one count of attempted rape and another of indecent assault on a girl under the age of 13 in 1975.

In relation to a second complainant, he faces four charges of indecent assault when she was under the age of 13 in 1977.

He is also accused of plying the girl with drink with the intention to "stupefy or overpower" her to have sex with him between January and May 1977.

And he faces one charge of unlawful intercourse with a girl aged under 13 between the same dates and in relation to the same girl. In relation to a third complainant, who was under the age of 16, he is charged with two counts of indecent assault between October 1979 and December 1980. The trial date was fixed for January 12.

Irish Independent

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