by Andy Morris Contributor | Photos by Metropolitan Police / Twitter

Gary Glitter jailed and sentenced to 16 years for sexual assault

'It is difficult to overstate the depravity of this dreadful behaviour'


Gary Glitter trial sentenced to 16 years in prison Photo: Metropolitan Police/Twitter

Former glam rock icon Gary Glitter may now die in jail after being sentenced to 16 years in jail for abusing three schoolgirls.

As The Guardian reports, Paul Gadd (Glitter's real name) was found guilty of a number of offcences commited in the Seventies and Eighties. The offences came to light following Operation Yewtree, an investigation launched following the Jimmy Savile scandal.

The 70-year-old was found guilty of one count of attempted rape, one count of unlawful sexual intercourse with a girl under 13, and four counts of indecent assault. His youngest victim was under 10 years old when he tried to rape her in 1975.

Glitter was cleared of one count of giving a 13 year old alcohol and two counts od indecent asault. 

In sentencing 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.” He explained: “It is difficult to overstate the depravity of this dreadful behaviour.”

Glitter was previously arrested and jailed for four months in 1999 after he admitted possessing 4000 child pornography images. He was expelled from Cambodia in 2002 and in 2006 he was jailed for seven years of abusing two young girls in Vietnam.


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