Gary Glitter has been given a 16 year jail sentence for sexually abusing three young girls.
Glitter was sentenced following trial by jury at Southwark Crown Court earlier this month. He was found guilty on Thursday 5 February of four counts of indecent assault, one count of attempted rape and one count of sexual abuse with a girl under 13.
The 71 year-old former glam rock singer had previously served a four month prison sentence in 1999 for possessing images of child sex abuse on his computer. He moved to Cambodia after release but was expelled from the South East Asian country in 2002 following rumours of suspected child abuse. Glitter then moved to neighbouring Vietnam where he was convicted in 2006 of sexual abuse against two young girls. He served nearly three years in prison and was deported back to the UK after release where he was put on the Sex Offenders Register for life.
Glitter, who had denied all charges, was the first person to be arrested as part of Operation Yewtree in 2012. A Metropolitan Police spokesperson said that they have received new information about Glitter which is “currently being assessed”.
During the trial, Chief Crown Prosecutor Baljit Ubhey said, “Crimes such as these have repercussions for victims that can last for a lifetime. The bravery of the victims and other witnesses in this case cannot be understated and their testimony has been vital in bringing Paul Gadd to justice.”
Mr Ubney went onto say that the verdict “should also provide other victims of sexual abuse with the courage to come forward, knowing their case will be handled with sensitivity and professionalism”.
Now that we know that Gary Glitter has been convicted, we hope that this will give others confidence in the criminal justice system. As the Chief Crown Prosecutor says, the verdict should give some hope to those that suffer abuse, letting them know that abusers will be brought to justice and that their case will be dealt with sensitively.
As Glitter’s offences were committed in the 1970s and 1980s, the guilty verdict demonstrates how it’s never too late for those who suffer abuse to come forward.
In criminal cases such as the Gary Glitter trial, there is no “limitation period” meaning that there is no set period of time in which claims must be issued at court. Although limitation periods apply to civil cases, the courts have recognised the difficulties in speaking out faced by people affected by abuse and can use their judicial discretion to waive the limitation period where it is “fair and equitable to do so”.
Jessica Standley is a Personal Injury Solicitor specialising in Abuse Claims at Slater & Gordon Lawyers UK.
Slater & Gordon's specialist Abuse Lawyers currently represent more than 800 people in sexual abuse cases across the UK and offer free legal advice for victims of physical or sexual abuse. Any communication will be dealt with in the strictest of confidence.
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