Wow, a celebrity actually got jailtime? Very, very glad to see someone getting what they deserve.Glitter Sentenced to 3 Years in Prison
Thu Mar 02,10:58 PM ET
A Vietnamese court Friday convicted former British rocker Gary Glitter of obscene acts with two young Vietnamese girls and sentenced him to three years in prison.
Glitter, 61, whose real name is Paul Francis Gadd, was found guilty during a two-day trial of committing obscene acts with the two children at his rented seaside villa in southern Vung Tau last year. The girls were ages 10 and 11 at the time.
The court announced the verdict following a trial that was held in closed session to protect the girls' privacy.
Here's the whole story with background. He's a gross pig and the UK authorities really should bear some responsibility since they barely slapped his hand before lettng him out of hte country to prey on other young girls. What a gross pig.
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 "unbelievable" verdict was part of a "conspiracy".
He will be deported after he has served his sentence, possibly back to the UK.
He may be considered for release after serving a third of his jail term, which includes the four months he has been held in custody since his arrest.
In addition to the prison sentence, Glitter has been ordered to pay 5m Vietnamese dong (£180/$315) to his victims' families.
Glitter was said to have committed a series of "lewd" acts while the girls were at his beach house in Vung Tau.
The two-day trial was held behind closed doors because of the girls' age, but the media were allowed into court on Friday to hear details of the evidence against Glitter and the verdict.
I'm afraid there will be other cases like this one
Referring to Glitter during sentencing, the judge, Hoang Thanh Tung, said: "His lewd acts have compromised the dignity of the Vietnamese people, law and common sense, and therefore it is necessary to punish him."
He later told reporters he believed Glitter understood he had "a sickness".
Photographers and journalists crowded around the former singer after sentencing.
Glitter told them: "I haven't done anything - I am innocent. It is a conspiracy by you know who."
He suggested some British newspapers were part of a conspiracy against him.
As he was led away from the courthouse and into a prison van, Glitter, sporting a white, goatee beard, held a clenched fist in the air.
His lawyer said his client had not yet decided whether to appeal against the decision.
The British embassy said in a statement: "Both the UK and the Vietnamese governments take the issue of child-sex tourism extremely seriously.
"We are grateful to the Vietnamese authorities in permitting UK-Vietnam police liaison in this case, as part of wider ongoing UK-Vietnam police liaison on the issue of sex tourism."
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.
Glitter, known for his flamboyant stage persona and extrovert costumes, continued touring for most of the 1980s and 1990s.
He had been in custody since 19 November when he was arrested in Ho Chi Minh City as he was about to board a flight out of Vietnam.
In December, Glitter's lawyer made compensatory payments to the families of the girls, who later 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 December 2002.
He had been held in jail for three nights over suspected sex offences, but never convicted of a crime in Cambodia.
Glitter had previously left the country voluntarily in May that year, following a police investigation prompted by news of his child pornography conviction in the UK
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I wonder if this will send the right message to the thousands of other sleazy old pedo perverts to prey on young kids in South East Asia. I am glad the Vietnamese court took this seriously and sent him to jail. Many other countries turn a blind eye unfortunately because of the tourist $$$ these sleazoids bring to the country.
Why do people say "Grow some balls"? Balls are weak and sensitive! If you really wanna get tough, grow a vagina! Those things take a pounding! -Betty White
About time. He has been doing this for years.
Keep passing the open windows.
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