Gary Glitter appears in court to deny historic sex offence charges

Case against singer was adjourned yesterday (January 12)

The trial of Gary Glitter was adjourned yesterday, with the 70-year-old appearing at London’s Southwark Crown Court to face 10 charges relating to historic sex abuse crimes committed in the ’70s and early ’80s.

Glitter is accused of four counts of indecent assault involving one complainant between 31 January and 31 May 1977. The complainant was aged 12 or 13 at the time. The former pop star is also accused of “administering a drug or other thing in order to facilitate sexual intercourse” and one count of sexual intercourse with a girl under 13 between the same dates.

The charges also include counts of indecent assault between October 1979 and December 1980 made by an additional complainant, who was 13-14 in during that period.

Glitter is accused of plying alcohol to “stupefy or overpower” one of the alleged victims.

Glitter, whose real name is Paul Gadd, was convicted in 1999 of possession of child pornography and served four months in prison. After his release he relocated to Vietnam, where he was subsequently convicted of a string of child sexual abuse offences.

The singer rose to prominence in the ’70s with a string of Number One hits including ‘I’m the Leader of the Gang (I Am)’, ‘I Love You Love Me Love’, and ‘Always Yours’. Between 1972 and 1995, the singer had more than 20 hit singles which spent a total of 180 weeks in the UK Top 100.