Garry Glitter charged with child sex offences

Garry Glitter charged with child sex offences

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Introduction

On 5th June 2014 Paul Gadd, better known as the musician Garry Glitter, was charged with eight offences. He had been on bail since October 2012, seemingly with the CPS going back to the police several times for further information. He will appear at court on 19th June.

 

Charges

There are two complainants, and the charges are as follows:

The charges relating to the first complainant, who was aged 12 or 13 at the time of the alleged offending, are:

  1. Indecent assault between 31 January and 31 May 1977
  2. Indecent assault between 31 January and 31 May 1977
  3. One count of administering a drug or other thing in order to facilitate sexual intercourse between 31 January and 31 May 1977
  4. One count of sexual intercourse with a girl under the age of 13 between 31 January and 31 May 1977
  5. Indecent assault between 31 May and 31 December 1977
  6. Indecent assault between 31 May and 31 December 1977

The charges relating to the second complainant, who was aged 13 or 14 at the time of the alleged offending, are

7.   Indecent assault between 1 October 1979 and 31 December 1980

8.   Indecent assault between 1 October 1979 and 31 December 1980

 

Comment

At this stage we will not be commenting further for obvious reasons. This is by was of background.

We have a factsheet on historic sexual offences.

The maximum sentence for indecent assault is two years. Charge 3 is contrary to s4 Sexual Offences Act 1956, also with a maximum sentence of two years. Charge 4 (intercourse with a girl under 13, contrary to s5 Sexual Offences Act 1956) is life imprisonment.

The CPS also stated “We have also decided that no further action should be taken in relation to five allegations made by two further complainants as we determined there was insufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction“. For a comment as to whether the CPS should be saying things like this in a press release, see here.

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