Gary Glitter – The rockstar who became a monster
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Reports have suggested that disgraced pop star Gary Glitter, 77, could potentially be free from prison soon. Now, Jim Davidson, 67, has shared that the convicted paedophile is “remorseful” and “ready to start a new life”.
Jim made the controversial comments about Glitter during a holiday in Weymouth, Dorset, which is nearby to the jail where he is currently locked up.
Glitter was jailed for 16 years in 2015 for committing rapes and sex attacks on young girls.
Jim’s remarks come after it was claimed Glitter, whose real name is Paul Gadd, could be moved from his category C prison to an open jail.
It has also been reported by The Sun that he may be eligible to spend days out in the community “within weeks”.
If the reported move goes ahead, Glitter would then be eligible for full release in February 2023.
Jim shared that he spoke to the 70s singer when he visited HMP Verne two years ago for the charity Care after Combat, which he is no longer involved with.
He said to the Dorset Echo: “I spoke to Paul when I visited The Verne two years ago.
“He’s remorseful and he looked ready to start a new life.”
The comedian reportedly said in a 2012 interview that Glitter’s crimes “shocked” him.
He is said to have described the disgraced star a “great bloke” and added that his crimes “came as a shock”.
Glitter was expected to die in jail, but new reports have suggested this may not be the case now.
Governors have reportedly ruled he is a “low risk of harm to the public”.
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Glitter was formally told by governors at The Verne that he was set for a move last week, according to The Sun.
A block could potentially come from Justice Secretary Robert Buckland, however.
Glitter was caught with 4,000 images of child sexual abuse in 1997.
He then fled to Cambodia at the time before he was ordered to leave the country amid child abuse allegations against him.
Glitter was initially jailed for three years in Vietnam for sex crimes against two girls aged 10 and 11.
He was then convicted in London of indecently assaulting a girl, 12, after a gig in 1977, in 2015.
The singer also attempted to rape an eight-year-old girl in 1975, and indecently assaulted a 13-year-old.
A girl who the paedophile molested in Vietnam when she was 10 has spoken out on claims he could be moved out of HMP The Verne.
She said: “He will always be a terrible danger to young girls. It’s terrifying to think he might soon be free, even though he is on the other side of the world from me.”
“I still have nightmares about what he did to me and I’ve never been able to have a boyfriend because of what happened,” she added.
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