Disgraced paedophile pop star Gary Glitter refused prison release by Parole Board

Wednesday 7 February 2024

Disgraced paedophile pop star Gary Glitter has lost a Parole Board bid to be freed from jail.

The decision comes after a parole hearing took place behind closed doors last month to consider the 79-year-old’s case.

Glitter, whose real name is Paul Gadd, was jailed for 16 years in 2015 for sexually abusing three schoolgirls between 1975 and 1980. His sentence expires in February 2031.

He was automatically released from HMP The Verne, a low-security prison in Portland, Dorset, in February last year after serving half of his fixed-term determinate sentence.

Glitter was put back behind bars less than six weeks after walking free for breaching his licence conditions by allegedly viewing downloaded images of children.

Gary Glitter, real name Paul Gadd, went to court in 2015 over alleged sexual crimes from the 1970-80s

Parole judges review the cases of criminals who are recalled to prison to decide whether they should be re-released or stay behind bars for the rest of their sentence.

The hearing took place in secret after a request for proceedings to be heard in public was rejected on the grounds it was too difficult to contact all his victims.

His probation officer said that Gadd could not be safely managed in the community.

The panel found that “greater internal controls and open and honest disclosure by Mr Gadd would be needed to manage his risks safely in the community”.

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One of Gadd’s victims, who was abused by the disgraced performer at the age of 12, is taking legal action against him in the High Court.

Ahead of his parole hearing in January, which took place in private, she accused him of showing contempt for his victims and a total lack of remorse.

Glitter’s fall from grace began in the late 1990s when he was jailed for possessing thousands of child abuse images and was jailed for four months in 1999.

In 2002 he was expelled from Cambodia amid reports of sex crime allegations, and in March 2006 he was convicted of sexually abusing two girls, aged 10 and 11, in Vietnam and spent two-and-a-half years in jail.

The offences for which he was jailed in 2015 came to light as part of Operation Yewtree, the Metropolitan Police investigation launched in the wake of the Jimmy Savile scandal.

Glitter was an English glam rock singer who achieved popular success in the 1970s and 80s

Glitter’s fall from grace began in the late 1990s when he was jailed for possessing thousands of child abuse images.

In 2002 he was expelled from Cambodia amid reports of sex crime allegations and in March 2006 he was convicted of sexually abusing two girls, aged 10 and 11, in Vietnam, and spent two-and-a-half years in jail.

The offences for which he was jailed in 2015 came to light as part of Operation Yewtree, the Metropolitan Police investigation launched in the wake of the Jimmy Savile scandal.

Earlier this year, Glitter was accused of showing a “total lack of remorse” towards his victims by lawyers representing a woman he abused when she was 12 years old and who is now suing him.

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