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Gary Glitter jailed for sixteen years

By | Published on Monday 2 March 2015

Gary Glitter / Paul Gadd

Gary Glitter was jailed for sixteen years on Friday having been convicted earlier in the month of six charges of assaulting three young girls in the late 1970s and early 80s. Glitter, real name Paul Gadd, was found guilty of four counts of indecent assault, one of attempted rape, and one of having sex with a girl under the age of thirteen.

As previously reported, having been convicted in the UK in 1999 for possessing 40,000 images of child abuse, and then in 2006 in Vietnam for indecently assaulting two children, Gadd faced the new charges as a result of Operation Yewtree, the Metropolitan Police’s investigation into sexual abuse related to accusations against Jimmy Savile. Gadd claimed he was innocent of the new allegations.

But sentencing the former popstar on Friday, Judge Alistair McCreath said that Gadd’s victims were “all profoundly affected” by the abuse, and that there was “no real evidence” the singer had atoned for his crimes. Speaking at Southwark Crown Court, McCreath said, according to the BBC: “You did all of [your victims] real and lasting damage and you did so for no other reason than to obtain sexual gratification for yourself of a wholly improper kind”.



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