Eighties pop star Gary Glitter faces 16 years in prison after being sentenced in Southwark Crown Court today.

Glitter, whose real name is Paul Gadd, sexually abused three young girls between 1975 and 1980.

The court heard sentencing for attempted rape, four counts of indecent assault and one of having sex with a girl under the age of 13.

Judge Alistair McCreath, presiding, said Gadd’s victims had “real and lasting damage” and that the reasoning for his actions was nothing more than to “obtain sexual gratification of a wholly improper kind,”

Judge McCreath referred to the fact that one of Gadd’s offences would have carried a much lower sentence had he not taken modern sentencing guidelines into consideration.

Sallie Bennett-Jenkins QC, defending, told the court of Gadd’s “vilification” and “isolated life” since being jailed in Vietnam in 2006 for molesting two young girls aged 12 and 11.

Christine Sands, head of the abuse department at Jordans Solicitors said: “It is wonderful news that the victims of Gadd who were brave enough to come forward and tell their story were able to gain some sense of justice today. That stretches to those victims who may yet be undiscovered and may be entitled to make compensation claims for themselves.

”The celebrity status of this man should not have a bearing on anything and should not protect him. Abusers who take advantage of their circumstances to further their own depravities should expect no more favourable treatment than those of a non “famous” background and the claims of their victims be treated just as seriously.”

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