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Gary Glitter loses appeal against conviction for sexually abusing three schoolgirls

Gary Glitter, real name Paul Gadd, who was found guilty of sexually abusing three schoolgirls, has lost a challenge against his conviction today. Philip Toscano/PA Wire
Gary Glitter, real name Paul Gadd, who was found guilty of sexually abusing three schoolgirls, has lost a challenge against his conviction today. Philip Toscano/PA Wire

Cathy Gordon

Former pop star Gary Glitter - who was found guilty of sexually abusing three schoolgirls - has lost a challenge against his conviction.

Three judges at the Court of Appeal in London threw out the case brought by Glitter, who was jailed for 16 years in February.

Glitter, whose real name is Paul Gadd, argued that he did not have a fair trial.

But the judges ruled that there was nothing "unsafe" about his conviction.

A jury at Southwark Crown Court found him guilty of one count of attempted rape, one of unlawful sexual intercourse with a girl under 13, and four counts of indecent assault.

Glitter, now 71, from Marylebone, central London, denied the allegations against him.

He was not present in court to hear the judges dismiss his application for permission to appeal.

Glitter was found guilty of abuse relating to a girl aged 12, one of 13, and another aged under 10, committed when he was at the height of his fame.

Allegations against him only came to light decades later when he became the first person to be arrested under Operation Yewtree, the investigation launched by the Metropolitan Police in the wake of the Jimmy Savile scandal.

Lord Justice Treacy, Mrs Justice Elisabeth Laing and Sir David Maddison rejected Glitter's complaints centred on adverse publicity, the trial judge's refusal to stay the proceedings against him as an "abuse of process", and that his defence team had insufficient time to prepare his case.

He found fame in the 1970s as part of the glam rock scene, scoring number one hits with I'm The Leader Of The Gang (I Am), I Love You Love Me Love and Always Yours.

Glitter suffered a spectacular fall from grace in 1999 when he admitted possessing child pornography images, and was sentenced to four months.

In 2002 he was expelled from Cambodia over unspecified allegations, and in March 2006 he was convicted of sexually abusing two girls, aged 10 and 11, in Vietnam.

Sallie Bennett-Jenkins QC, for Glitter, told the appeal judges that the publicity surrounding Glitter was unprecedented, adding "the like of which we would suggest has not been seen before".

She said Glitter had been "demonised" over "many, many years". Material which was "massively detrimental" to him was in the public domain.

Although the prosecution had not relied on the Vietnam allegations, she said it "beggars belief that members of the public would be unaware of this material".

Glitter's criticism of the trial judge included a complaint that he should not have refused to stay the case as an abuse of process because of the publicity.

He also argued that the judge should not have admitted "bad character" evidence relating to the 1999 case.

Ms Bennett-Jenkins told the court that Glitter's newly-instructed legal team had not been given enough time to prepare the defence case and to carry out further investigations.

Glitter's application was contested by the prosecution.

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