Garry Glitter – guilty of child sexual abuse

Garry Glitter – guilty of child sexual abuse

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Introduction 

Garry Glitter, the pop star formerly known as Paul Gadd, stood trial at  Southwark Crown Court for various sex offences against children alleged to have been committed in the mid to late 70s.

On 5th February 2015 he was convicted of seven out of ten counts that he faced. This was unlawful sexual intercourse with a girl aged under 13, attempted rape and five counts of indecent assault. He was acquitted of two further counts of indecent assault and one of administering an unlawful substance.

Sentence has been adjourned until 27th February with Mr Gadd in custody.

 

Charges

There were three complainants and he was convicted of offences relating to all three. We will add in more details as we get them, but at the moment we know –

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 – Not Guilty
  4. One count of sexual intercourse with a girl under the age of 13 between 31 January and 31 May 1977 – Guilty
  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

There are then two charges relating to a third complainant, age and dates unknown, as follows

9. Attempted Rape – 1975 – Guilty

10. Indecent Assault on a girl under 13 – 1975

 

Facts

From the BBC website – “One woman claims she was aged under 10 when the then singer tried to rape her in 1975.

The former glam rock star is also accused of inviting a 12-year-old girl into his hotel suite and plying her with champagne before having sex with her.

Another woman claims he invited her into his dressing room at Watford club Baileys when she was 13 years old – where it is alleged he forcefully kissed her and slid his hand up her skirt between October 1979 and December 1980“.

And from the GuardianThe singer gave champagne to another child, a 12-year-old fan, after a concert before subjecting her to a “prolonged episode of sexual abuse” in his hotel suite in the Holiday Inn in Leicester in 1977. Two years later, in an alleged assault which the prosecution said had “many similarities” to the one in Leicester, he assaulted a 13-year-old fan after a concert at Bailey’s nightclub in Watford.

 

Previous Convictions

The jury heard about Mr Gadd’s previous convictions. As well as some drink driving in the 1980s, he pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography and was sentenced to 4 months in prison.

In March 2006 he was convicted of ‘obscene acts with minors’ with two girls aged 10 and 11 in Cambodia for which he was sentenced to three years in prison. He was deported back to the UK at the end of the sentence and was placed permanently on the Sex Offenders Register as a result.

 

Sentences

The maximum sentence for indecent assault is two years (or five years is the girl was under 13 at the time, and this was stated in the indictment). 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 maximum at the time for Attempted Rape was seven year imprisonment (and wasn’t increased until 16th September 1985).

The starting point is the Sentencing Guidelines. Nowadays the most serious offence would be the Attempted Rape and the Unlawful Sexual Intercourse (both which would be charged as rape (or attempted rape) of a child under 13. The guidelines here are at page 27.

Here, we don’t know many details of the offending, but it would appear (on the basis of the news reports so we must be careful) to be a 3A offence, giving a starting point of 10 years with a range of 8-13 years.

This would be increased due to the other offending and we would expect a sentence today in the region of 12-15 years. The problem for the Judge is that this is not only far in excess of what would have been passed at the time, it is far higher than the maximum sentence for any of the offences apart from the Unlawful Sexual Intercourse Count.

We have a fact sheet on historic offences. The Courts are constantly changing their attitude to sentencing, and we are now at the position where one is sentenced on the basis of what the sentence today would be, provided it could be lawfully passed.

For this reason, we would expect a length sentence of 10 years or so on the USI Count with short consecutive sentences on the remaining counts.

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  1. I have to admit I got a bit confused by the charge sheet …

    http://www.pearshapedcomedy.com/Glitter.html

    …and I think some actual professional reporters have too … but does it matter….?

    Interesting when you look at someone who you know is almost certainly guilty
    how you view everything differently to someone who seems the epitome of innocence…

    Interesting too the direct links between Glitter Savile and the Duncroft Approved School …
    … it’s almost as if the children were being systematically hired out?
    Hard to believe Savile and Glitter were the only people in what is clearly a peado ring…

    Also casts a big shadow over the posthumous reputation of Mike Leander…

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