Glitter collected pictures of girls being abused children

SEX TRIAL Case of rock star charged with indecently assaulting a girl triggers a government pledge to ban newspapers from paying witnesses

THE BOWED and humiliated figure of the rock star Gary Glitter was led away to jail yesterday after he pleaded guilty to possessing thousands of photographs of children as young as two who were involved in sex acts, abuse and torture.

The 55-year-old singer's conviction came two hours after a jury cleared him of repeatedly sexually assaulting a 14-year-old fan. The jury at Bristol Crown Court acquitted Glitter after hearing that the alleged victim would be paid pounds 25,000 by a Sunday newspaper if the star was convicted.

But shortly after Glitter's court victory he pleaded guilty to 54 offences of making indecent photographs of children under the age of 16, part of his library of around 4,000 such pictures. Mr Justice Butterfield sentenced him to four months for each offence, to run concurrently.

The judge said Glitter, who downloaded the images from the Internet, had "in his possession photographs of little girls being bound, tortured, gagged and sexually abused in a most repellent way".

Sentencing Glitter, who was charged under his real name, Paul Francis Gadd, the judge said: "You had over 4,000 images of children. The nature of the pornographic material in this case was in my judgment of the very, very worst possible type."

He added: "One image showed a little girl who was seven or eight-years- old with her legs tied together, gagged, with her hands tied behind her back, bearing the marks, real or artificial, of a savage beating."

On his release from prison, Glitter will go on the sex offenders register and will have to notify the police of his address for seven years.

Glitter was charged after a member of staff spotted the material when the singer took his pounds 5,000 laptop computer to PC World in Bristol to be repaired.

He was arrested at the store by police and later charged with making indecent photographs of children under the age of 16 between January and November 1997.

The court heard that the collection of material stored on Glitter's machine was hardcore paedophilia. The prosecutor, John Royce, QC, said: "He had an appetite for child pornography that was completely voracious."

The court heard that Glitter had used his equipment to access web sites apparently set up to disseminate paedophile material. The star often spent up to 12 hours a day searching for child pornography.

For 20 minutes, Glitter stood in the dock at Bristol Crown Court and pleaded guilty to each one of the counts. After the first 10, the man who once boomed his songs out to adoring teenage fans could no longer voice his pleas, merely nodding in affirmation of his guilt. Glitter hung his head as he was led away to jail. As well as the prison sentence, he was ordered to pay prosecution costs amounting to around pounds 80,000.

It was a very different Gary Glitter to the man who had earlier been cleared of four charges of indecent assault and four charges of serious sexual assault against a girl aged under 16, relating to a period between 1980 and 1982,

In a gesture familiar to all his fans, the flamboyant rocker clasped his hands together and thanked the jury who had found him not guilty.

As the final of the not guilty verdicts was returned, the public gallery, packed with fans, erupted into applause, which was acknowledged by the star.

During the three day trial, in which Glitter declined to give evidence, the jury heard accusations that the singer had spent more than two years sexually abusing a girl who he had encouraged to call him "Daddy". The woman later sold the story of her relationship with Glitter to the News of the World for pounds 10,000, but stood to gain an extra pounds 25,000 if he had been convicted.

The fan, now a 34-year-old mother of three, went to the News of the World and claimed that at the age of 14, after eight years of adoration, she had met the artist and that the friendship developed into an abusive sexual relationship.

News
Russell Brand was in typically combative form during his promotional interview with Newsnight's Evan Davis
peopleReports that Brand could stand for Mayor on an 'anti-politics' ticket
News
The clocks go forward an hour at 1am on Sunday 30 March
news
Arts and Entertainment
The Doctor finds himself in a forest version of London in Doctor Who episode 'In the Forest of the Night'
TVReview: Is the Doctor ever going stop frowning? Apparently not.
Life and Style
Gap announced its same-store sales were down 6 per cent in August, and 3 per cent in September
fashionAlexander Fury explains where Gap is going wrong
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
News
ebooksAn unforgettable anthology of contemporary reportage
Arts and Entertainment
Isis with Lord Grantham (Hugh Bonneville)
TV
News
Voluminous silk drawers were worn by Queen Victoria
newsThe silk underwear is part of a growing trade in celebrity smalls
Sport
footballMatch report: Real fight back to ruin Argentinian's debut
News
Candidates with surnames that start with an A have an electoral advantage
newsVoters are biased towards names with letters near start of alphabet
Arts and Entertainment
Jay James
TVReview: Performances were stale and cheesier than a chunk of Blue Stilton left out for a month
News
Rainbow List
News
Bruce, left, with Cream bandmates Ginger Rogers, centre, and Eric Clapton in 1967
people
Sport
football
Arts and Entertainment
Cronenberg: 'Ageing is part of life. There is a beauty to it; you just have to find a way to grasp that beauty'
arts + ents
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Commercial Litigation NQ+

Very Competitive Salary: Austen Lloyd: NORTH HAMPSHIRE NQ to MID LEVEL - An e...

Commercial Property Solicitor - Legal 500 Firm

£30000 - £50000 per annum + EXCELLENT: Austen Lloyd: Commercial Property Solic...

Maths Teacher

£110 - £200 per day: Randstad Education Leeds: Secondary Maths Teacher for spe...

Business Analyst - Surrey - Permanent - Up to £50k DOE

£40000 - £50000 Per Annum Excellent benefits: Clearwater People Solutions Ltd:...

Day In a Page

Wilko Johnson, now the bad news: musician splits with manager after police investigate assault claims

Wilko Johnson, now the bad news

Former Dr Feelgood splits with manager after police investigate assault claims
Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands ahead of the US midterm elections

Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands

The Senator for Colorado is for gay rights, for abortion rights – and in the Republicans’ sights as they threaten to take control of the Senate next month
New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

Evidence found of contact between Easter Islanders and South America
Cerys Matthews reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of Dylan Thomas

Cerys Matthews on Dylan Thomas

The singer reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of the famous Welsh poet
DIY is not fun and we've finally realised this as a nation

Homebase closures: 'DIY is not fun'

Homebase has announced the closure of one in four of its stores. Nick Harding, who never did know his awl from his elbow, is glad to see the back of DIY
The Battle of the Five Armies: Air New Zealand releases new Hobbit-inspired in-flight video

Air New Zealand's wizard in-flight video

The airline has released a new Hobbit-inspired clip dubbed "The most epic safety video ever made"
Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month - but can you stomach the sweetness?

Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month

The combination of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg (and no actual pumpkin), now flavours everything from lattes to cream cheese in the US
11 best sonic skincare brushes

11 best sonic skincare brushes

Forget the flannel - take skincare to the next level by using your favourite cleanser with a sonic facial brush
Paul Scholes column: I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo

Paul Scholes column

I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Jones and Rojo
Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

While other sports are stalked by corruption, we are an easy target for the critics
Jamie Roberts exclusive interview: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Jamie Roberts: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Wales centre says he’s not coming home but is looking to establish himself at Racing Métro
How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?

A crime that reveals London's dark heart

How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?