Jury out in Gary Glitter sex abuse trial

The jury trying former glam rock singer Gary Glitter on historic child sex abuse charges has retired to consider its verdicts.

Jury out in Gary Glitter sex abuse trial

The jury trying former glam rock singer Gary Glitter on historic child sex abuse charges has retired to consider its verdicts.

Glitter – real name Paul Gadd – is accused of one count of attempted rape and another of indecent assault on a girl under the age of 13 in 1975.

In relation to a second complainant, he is charged with four counts of indecent assault when she was under the age of 13 in 1977.

The 70-year-old is also accused of plying the girl with alcohol with the intention to “stupefy or overpower” her to have sex with him between January and May 1977.

He also faces a further count of unlawful intercourse with the girl – an offence which carries a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.

In connection with a third complainant, who was under the age of 16, he is charged with two counts of indecent assault between October 1979 and December 1980.

After the two-week trial at London’s Southwark Crown Court, the jury of seven women and five men were reminded to keep in mind all of the evidence before them.

Referring to Glitter’s 1999 child pornography convictions, Judge Alistair McCreath said: “Don’t let your natural sense of revulsion about such material allow you to use it against Mr Gadd in a way that is prejudicial or unfair.”

Glitter was the first person to be arrested by detectives conducting Operation Yewtree – the inquiry launched in the wake of the Jimmy Savile scandal.

He denies the charges against him and, while giving evidence, firmly told jurors he had told the truth throughout the case and his life, and had no interest in sexually abusing young girls.

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