Friday 19 January 2018

Paedophile Glitter gets 16 years for string of attacks

Martin Evans

GARY Glitter, the paedophile glam rock singer, has been jailed for 16 years for a string of historic sex attacks on three schoolgirls.

The 70-year-old - described as a "habitual sexual predator" - was sentenced at Southwark Crown Court after being found guilty of having sex with a girl under 13.

He was also convicted of one count of attempted rape and four counts of indecent assault after a three-week trial in which he firmly denied the allegations.

The former rock star appeared in the dock wearing a black velvet coat, purple cravat and sunglasses.

Gary Glitter has been jailed for 16 years at Southwark Crown Court for a string of historic sex attacks on three schoolgirls. Photo: Nick Ansell/PA Wire
Gary Glitter has been jailed for 16 years at Southwark Crown Court for a string of historic sex attacks on three schoolgirls. Photo: Nick Ansell/PA Wire
File photo: Pop star Gary Glitter in 1998. Photo: PA/PA Wire
File photo: Pop star Gary Glitter in 1999. Photo: John Stillwell/PA Wire

He could have faced a life sentence for his crimes, but Judge Alistair McCreath said his crimes had not reached that threshold.

However, the judge told him he had caused "real and lasting damage" to his victims.

He told Glitter: "I have read the victim impact statements of all three victims. It is clear, in their different ways, they were all profoundly affected by your abuse of them.

"You did all of them real and lasting damage and you did so for no other reason than to obtain sexual gratification for yourself of a wholly improper kind." He added: "The offences for which I must pass sentence today took place many years ago at a time when in particular, in respect of one of them, the maximum sentence was considerably lower than that which is now available."

One girl was younger than 10 when Glitter - tried under his real name Paul Gadd - crept into her bed and tried to attack her in 1975. Glitter attacked two of his victims, aged 12 and 13, after inviting them backstage to his dressing room and isolating them from their mothers.

The 12-year-old, who had been drinking Moet champagne, was also taken to Glitter's hotel room before he subjected her to a prolonged episode of sexual abuse and had sex with her in 1977.

Towards the end of the decade, Glitter struck again - assaulting a 13-year-old girl as she sat on his lap in his dressing room. The jury at Southwark Crown Court was not told that Glitter had already served a jail sentence in Vietnam for obscene acts with minors.

In mitigation his barrister, Sallie Bennett-Jenkins, said over the last 10 years Glitter had led an increasingly isolated life and had been unable to walk the streets without vilification.

Despite this, the former rock star had a number of fans in court to lend support as he was jailed. (© Daily Telegraph London)

Irish Independent

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