By Sam Merriman and Simon Parry For The Mail On Sunday
Published: 22:06 GMT, 17 December 2022 | Updated: 13:22 GMT, 19 December 2022 sand
A woman raped by Gary Glitter when she was ten wept as she learnt of his imminent release after serving just half his jail term – and declared: ‘I’m still serving a life sentence.’
Glitter, 78, was jailed for 16 years in 2015 for monstrous crimes against children but is set to be freed early in the new year after just eight years behind bars.
One of his victims, ‘Ms D’, was ten years old when Glitter repeatedly abused her in 2005 at his villa in Vietnam. Last night she vowed to take the wealthy former pop star to court in a claim for compensation.
She said: ‘He is free to enjoy his money and his life now, but I live with what that man did to me every day of my life.’
EVIL: Gary Glitter with ten-year-old victim ‘Ms D’ in 2005 in Vietnam. Above: The former pop star at the time of his trial in 2015
Glitter – real name Paul Gadd –was jailed in February 2015 for offences carried out between 1975 and 1980.
His crimes included sexual intercourse with a girl under 13, attempting to rape an eight-year-old and molesting a third girl.
He received a ‘determinate sentence’ meaning that his likely release early next year – marking almost exactly eight years since he was given a 16-year sentence on February 5, 2015 – will not be independently reviewed over the risk he poses to the public.
In sentencing Glitter, judge Alistair McCreath said he wished he could have jailed the paedophile for longer but was constrained by sentencing guidelines for offences in the 1970s.
Sources in the Ministry of Justice have reportedly said that Gary Glitter, 70, real name Paul Gadd, would be released as early as February 2023
Glitter, who was also jailed for four months in 1999 for possessing child abuse images, lured Ms D to his villa in Vietnam, where he subjected her to a horrific catalogue of abuse. She bravely gave evidence against him, alongside a 12-year-old victim, and Glitter was jailed for three years before being deported back to the UK.
Now 27, Ms D reacted with shock yesterday when told Glitter would soon walk free from jail. She said she still had nightmares about Glitter’s abuse and lived in fear of being connected to the infamous case in a country where female abuse victims are often stigmatised.
‘I will never find anyone to love me, and I will never be able to marry because of what happened. No man here will accept someone with my past,’ she said from her home in the rural Mekong Delta.
Ms D hopes Glitter will be banned from ever travelling again. ‘There were many other victims apart from me in Vietnam,’ she said. ‘He should never be allowed to leave England again because he is a very dangerous man, and he will do bad things again.’
Glitter, who still owns property in London and previously lived in a £2 million mansion flat in Marylebone, is likely to face restrictions, including an ankle tag, on release.
The former pop star (pictured on TV show Lift Off in 1974) was convicted of one count of attempted rape, four counts of indecent assault and one count of sexual intercourse with a girl under the age of 13
Gabrielle Shaw, chief executive of the National Association for People Abused in Childhood, said: ‘These are in no sense “historic” crimes, as survivors live with the effects every day.’
Once one of the brightest girls in her class, Ms D dropped out of school at the age of 14 after her ordeal. Her mother never recovered from the shock of what happened, suffering a stroke that left her partially paralysed.
Her family struggle on an income of £157 a month and can barely afford the rent on their simple tin-roofed home since Ms D’s mother was forced to stop working.
A spokesman from the Ministry of Justice said: ‘Sex offenders released from prison are closely monitored by both the police and the Probation Service and may be recalled to jail if they breach their strict licence conditions.’
NAPAC offers support to adult survivors of all types of childhood abuse, including physical, emotional, sexual and neglect. Contact the charity on 0808 801 0331 or visit napac.org.uk.
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