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British former rock star Gary Glitter has been jailed for three years after a Vietnamese court found him guilty of sexually abusing two young girls.

The jury found that Glitter, real name Paul Gadd, had molested the girls, aged 11 and 12, at his home in the resort town of Vung Tau, southern Vietnam.


The 61-year-old, who claimed he was innocent, said the verdict was part of a "conspiracy" and was "unbelievable".


The two-day trial took place behind closed doors as it involved minors.


Glitter was said to have fondled and kissed the girls as well as engaging in other physical acts at his beach house in the southern Vietnamese resort town.


A media scrum followed the ruling, with photographers and journalists crowding around the former singer, who said: "I haven't done anything - I am innocent.


"It is a conspiracy by you know who." He did not elaborate further.


Glitter shot to stardom in the 1970s with hits such as Rock and Roll (Part 2) and Leader of the Gang - a No 1 single in the UK in 1973.


With his flamboyant stage persona and extrovert costumes, Glitter continued touring for most of the 1980s and 1990s.


The former singer had been in police custody at a jail near Vung Tau since 19 November when he was arrested in Ho Chi Minh City as he was about to board a flight out of the country.


During the criminal investigation, police had considered whether to charge him with child rape, which carries a maximum penalty of death, but said prosecutors did not find sufficient evidence.


In December, Glitter's lawyer made compensatory payments to the families of the girls, who have appealed to the courts for clemency for Glitter.


Glitter was convicted of possessing child pornography in Britain in 1999 and served half of a four-month jail sentence. He later went to Cambodia, which permanently expelled him in 2002.


The man is scum. 3 years is a laughable sentence.

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The man is scum.  3 years is a laughable sentence.



3 years is ridiculous but it's going to seem like a lifetime for him in a Vietnamese prison.



Let's hope he doesn't get out.

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I like the fact he says "the verdict was unbelievable"....



Yes Gary thats right, you a pillar of society and darling of the celebrity world couldnt possibly be guilty of kiddy fiddling could you? I mean, what? Gary? children? surely not...

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I like the fact he says "the verdict was unbelievable"....



Yes Gary thats right, you a pillar of society and darling of the celebrity world couldnt possibly be guilty of kiddy fiddling could you? I mean, what? Gary? children? surely not...




He'll be on Celebrity Big Brother within 3 yrs.

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The cunt* got the minimum sentence - how the hell did he manage that one??


Should have done us all a favour and put him before the firing squad (and stick Jonathan King alongside him while they're at it!!)


* - I appreciate this word offends people, but I can't think of anything else that is appropriate to describe that scum!

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They should cut his balls off.



Glitter balls tbh







I know it shouldn't bother me, but "1 glitter ball per pack", it's not really a pack then, is it?

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Former pop star Gary Glitter has refused to board a flight to the UK, saying he was having a heart attack.


He was earlier deported from Vietnam after spending almost three years in jail for sexually abusing two girls.


Glitter, 64, real name Paul Francis Gadd, had arrived at Bangkok in Thailand, where he was to change planes and fly back to the UK.


But he refused to leave the airport, demanding to be allowed to stay in Thailand or another Asian country.


Thai immigration has declared Glitter "persona non grata" and threatened to return him to Vietnam.


Glitter sold millions of records as a glam rock star in the 1970s, with hits including I'm the Leader of the Gang.


He had been met at Bangkok airport by immigration officials to ensure he caught his connecting flight.


But the BBC's Jonathan Head said the British policeman accompanying Glitter had been unable to persuade him to board the plane to the UK.


Our correspondent said Glitter could theoretically travel to another country, but was unlikely to find one that would accept him given all the negative publicity he had received.


He said police were trying to persuade the disgraced star, who is believed to be in an airport hotel room, that he has no choice but to return to Britain.


Glitter has been refused entry to Thailand, despite a plea for medical treatment there.


Lt Gen Chatchawal Suksomchit, the chief of Thailand's immigration police, told the Associated Press news agency that Glitter was confined to the transit area at Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi International Airport.


"Officials concerned are working through the process of putting him on the plane to take him out of the country, but if he continues to refuse to leave then he will be confined in the [transit] area temporarily before being taken into a detention centre," he said.


If Glitter does return to the UK, he will be met at the airport by police and required to sign the sex offenders register.


He will then be subject to monitoring and will have to tell the police where he plans to live and if he plans to go abroad. He could also face an order prohibiting him from going near children or using the internet.


Home Secretary Jacqui Smith said on Tuesday it was her view that he should be given a Foreign Travel Order (FTO) banning him from overseas travel.


Ms Smith has also announced plans to tighten controls on the movements of paedophiles.


Proposed measures include increasing the length of time an FTO can apply from six months to up to five years and automatically confiscating the passport of anyone subject to an order.


At present, police are only allowed to rely on evidence from the previous six months about the risk an individual poses, but that time period would also be extended under the plans.


"I think these are sensible and proportional ways of toughening up what is already a very tough system. I think that's what we owe to children in this country and to children abroad," Ms Smith said.


The home secretary's announcement came after children's charity Ecpat UK accused the government of "turning a blind eye" to British sex tourists. FROM THE TODAY PROGRAMME



The charity said it was too easy for nationals convicted abroad to stay under the radar of British police upon their return.


Christine Beddoe, from Ecpat, told the BBC the new proposals were welcome, but must address existing problems around the enforcement of FTOs.


There are currently only five travel bans in place for sex offenders, compared to some 3,000 for known football hooligans.


"At the moment the Foreign Travel Orders that we have in place are not being used very much - the police say they're a bit unwieldy, there's too much administration," she said.


"It's all very well and good saying they've got to be tougher, but if police don't like using them at the moment then let's make that work much better."


Ms Beddoe said the plans appeared to be "reactionary" and needed to include much more than just restrictions on offenders' movements.


"The other call that we're making is to have stronger bilateral co-operation measures with other countries for joint investigations.


"To share our information more easily, more speedily, with foreign countries is actually, really, what's going to make the difference."


They can't fall for that! It's the oldest trick in the book.


"Persuade"? FFS! Get his arm up his back and frog march the fucker.

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They can't fall for that! It's the oldest trick in the book.


"Persuade"? FFS! Get his arm up his back and frog march the fucker.

Midnight Run.

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