Gary Glitter sentenced to 16 years for sex attacks

Gary Glitter will be sentenced today for a string of historic sex attacks on three schoolgirls. Picture: PA

Gary Glitter will be sentenced today for a string of historic sex attacks on three schoolgirls. Picture: PA

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DEPRAVED paedophile Gary Glitter faces dying behind bars after being jailed for 16 years yesterday 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, dressed in a black velvet coat and burgundy scarf, showed no reaction as he was led from the dock after he was sentenced at Southwark Crown Court in London.

However, he could face fresh charges as Scotland Yard confirmed it had received more information since the convictions, which is “currently being assessed”.

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 first victim, the judge said: “It is difficult to overstate the depravity of this dreadful behaviour.”

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

Judge McCreath said: “The assessment of the harm caused by sexual offending is not easy in the immediate, or near immediate, aftermath of it. But where the offending took place many years ago, it is a great deal easier.”

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

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.

Glitter’s youngest victim was less than ten years old when he crept into her bed and tried to rape her in 1975. But the allegations came to light only around 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 2002 he was expelled from Cambodia over unspecified allegations, and in 2006 he was convicted of sexually abusing two girls, aged ten and 11, in Vietnam.

During the trial, all three of Glitter’s victims sobbed as they recounted their ordeals.

One woman, now in her 50s, described how she had attended a party at a house – where she had previously met Alvin Stardust – on the night she was attacked in 1975.

Glitter’s second victim 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 while drinking Moet champagne, but was then invited to the singer’s Holiday Inn hotel suite where he sexually abused her all night.

Two indecent assault charges related to a third girl, who was aged 13 when the singer invited her to sit on his lap in his dressing room between October 1979 and December 1980.

Glitter claimed there was no way he could have abused the girls in his dressing room because his rigorous wig-maintenance routine required him to return to his suite immediately and clean his hairpiece.

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

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