Thursday 19 April 2018

Glitter found guilty of child sex attacks

Gary Glitter
Gary Glitter
Pop star Gary Glitter, 70, real name Paul Gadd, who has been convicted of one count of attempted rape, four counts of indecent assault and one count of sexual intercourse with a girl under the age of 13.

Gordon Rayner

Gary Glitter has been found guilty of a string of new child sex offences by a jury at Southwark Crown Court.

The 70-year-old former pop star - real name Paul Gadd - was convicted in the English court of one count of attempted rape, four counts of indecent assault and one count of sexual intercourse with a girl under the age of 13.

Glitter had denied the charges against him and, while giving evidence, firmly told jurors he had told the truth throughout the case and his life - and had no interest in sexually abusing young girls.

But the NSPCC children's charity said his testimony had been "just another performance" as it welcomed the news of his conviction.

Savile

Glitter was the first person to be arrested by detectives conducting Operation Yewtree - the inquiry launched in the wake of the Jimmy Savile scandal.

He was cleared of two counts of indecent assault and one count of administering a drug or other thing in order to facilitate sexual intercourse.

It was the first time he had been convicted of sex abuse in the UK, though he had a previous conviction for child pornography offences in the UK and was jailed in Vietnam in 2006 for obscene acts with minors.

Glitter was at the height of his fame when he preyed on the youngsters, who thought no one would believe their word over that of a celebrity.

He attacked two girls, aged 12 and 13, after inviting them backstage to his dressing room, and isolating them from their mothers.

The 70-year-old's youngest victim was less than 10 years old when he crept into her bed and tried to rape her in 1975.

When asked whether any other complainants had come forward during the course of the trial, a Met spokeswoman said: "Officers have received other information and it is currently being assessed."

Peter Watt, director of national services for children's charity the NSPCC, said: "Glitter was devious and manipulative throughout this trial. He tried to portray himself as the victim in this case, as a remorseful, penitent man who had paid for his previous crimes but now faced malicious new allegations. It was just another performance.

"His previous convictions, including those for possession of more than 4,000 indecent images of children and sexual assaults in Vietnam." (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Telegraph.co.uk

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