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Sunday 17 December 2017

Glitter jailed for 16 years over sex attacks on girls

Depraved paedophile Gary Glitter faces dying behind bars after being jailed for 16 years for sexually abusing three schoolgirls.

The 70-year-old, real name Paul Gadd, was told there was no evidence he had atoned for his actions as he was sentenced for one count of attempted rape, one count of unlawful sexual intercourse with a girl under 13, and four counts of indecent assault.

Glitter showed no reaction as he was led from the dock after he was sentenced at London's Southwark Crown Court.

But he could face fresh charges as Scotland Yard confirmed it had received more information since the convictions which is "currently being assessed".

Damage

Sentencing the singer Judge Alistair McCreath said: "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."

In relation to Glitter's behaviour against his first victim, he continued: "It is difficult to overstate the depravity of this dreadful behaviour."

Referring to the second girl who he attacked after a nightclub performance, the judge told Glitter he was able to attack her "because, and only because. of your fame".

He concluded that while Glitter had sought professional help to understand his sexual attitudes and behaviour, it did not "include any admission at all on your part of the wrong that you had done, in particular of the offences of which you now stand convicted".

There was standing room only in court as loyal fans of the singer gathered in the public gallery to see him learn his fate. Before the hearing they had huddled together, poring over a Glitter annual, sharing tales of their fandom.

One even waved at him - to no response - as he was taken down to the cells.

Fame

Glitter was at the height of his fame when he preyed on his vulnerable victims who thought no one would believe their claims 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 younger than 10 years old when he crept into her bed and tried to rape her in 1975. But the allegations came to light only around nearly 40 years later when Glitter became the first person to be arrested under Operation Yewtree - the investigation launched by the Met in the wake of the Jimmy Savile scandal.

Glitter suffered a spectacular fall from grace in 1999 when he admitted possessing 4,000 child pornography images and was jailed for four months in 1999.

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.

One woman was 12 years old when he attacked her after a spring 1977 show at Leicester nightclub Baileys. She initially went backstage with her mother and had a gold jacket autographed, but was then invited to the singer's hotel suite where he sexually abused her all night.

Two indecent assault charges related to another girl, who was aged 13 when the singer invited her to sit on his lap in his dressing room in 1979.

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

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