Gary Glitter child sex abuse conviction appeal fails

The glam rock idol's sentence stands

Disgraced British pop star Gary Glitter’s appeal against a three-year jail term for child sex abuse has been rejected by a Vietnamese court.

The former glam-rock idol, who had a string of hits in the Seventies, was convicted in March of molesting two girls, aged 11 and 12, and jailed for three years.

During March’s two-day trial, he was said to have committed a series of “lewd” acts while the girls were at his beach house in Vung Tau.

Glitter, real name Paul Gadd, admitted letting a girl into his bed but denies committing abuse.

Chief judge Truong Vinh Thuy said at the People’s Supreme Court in Ho Chi Minh City: “We did not see enough evidence to reduce the penalty for the defendant. The decision was made based on evidence, documents and testimony of the victims.

“The behaviour of the defendant is dangerous for society, especially towards children. He needs to be punished.”

Glitter, 62, shouted as he was leaving the courtroom: “It’s not a fair trial.”

His lawyer Le Tanh Kinh told the Associated Free Press that his client would continue to maintain his innocence.

Glitter has been in custody since November, when he was arrested in Ho Chi Minh City as he was about to board a flight out of Vietnam.