Gary Glitter demands 24-hour police guard
Gary Glitter has asked for round-the-clock protection, funded by the taxpayer.
By Lucy Cockcroft and Richard Edwards
Last Updated: 1:43AM BST 23 Aug 2008
Gary Glitter is escorted by police at Heathrow Airport upon his arrival to Britain. He has requested round-the-clock protection over fears for his safety Photo: PA
The former pop star arrived back in London and tried to avoid signing the sex offenders’ register, saying it was breaching his human rights. A judge ordered him to register within three days or face prison.
Glitter, jailed for more than two years in Vietnam for abusing two young girls, also said he feared for his safety and demanded police protection before leaving Heathrow by car for a secret location.
But the singer, real name Paul Gadd, will receive no protection and is not being kept at a safe house by police.
A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police said: “He is not being treated any differently to any other person in these circumstances.”
Glitter, 64, has also said he wants to receive treatment for a heart condition and his lawyer claimed he was “not a well man” and may be suffering from tuberculosis. A senior NHS source said that he would be an unwelcome patient even though doctors could not turn him away. The source said: “Every hospital in London is very worried about having him as a patient.”
By signing the register, Glitter will be required to tell the authorities where he plans to live and tell police within three days if he changes his name or address.
He must also disclose if he plans to spend more than seven days away from home or to travel outside Britain for more than three days. If he breaks these conditions, he could be jailed for up to five years. Jacqui Smith, the Home Secretary, said earlier this week that she did not believe Glitter should be allowed to leave the country again but he is not subject to an official foreign travel ban or any court-ordered supervision preventing him from approaching children.
He will be monitored by police and the probation service as a top-level offender under public protection arrangements. Community leaders such as head teachers, leisure centre managers, employers and landlords will be told if Glitter has moved into their area.
The singer was met by police after arriving on a Thai Airways flight from Bangkok. He was escorted from his seat in business class ahead of other passengers and was immediately interviewed about where he planned to stay.
He then failed to appear for a hearing at Uxbridge magistrates’ court. David Simpson, a district judge, said the singer had “demonstrated his desire to avoid the jurisdiction of this court” and ordered that he sign on as a sex offender within three days. His name will remain on the register for the rest of his life but he has 21 days to appeal against it.
David Corker, Glitter’s solicitor, said his conviction in Vietnam was a “charade” and a “show trial”.
When asked why Glitter had paid off the families of his young victims in Vietnam, Mr Corker said he did not have enough information to answer.
Glitter was released from prison on Tuesday and agreed to fly to London after failing to gain entry to Thailand and Hong Kong.
The lawyer insisted his client was “pleased” to be back in the UK and added: “He never got a fair trial and in due course that will be expanded upon.”
It appears our cousins handle their child molesters the same way we do ours. But the British dont have the same rights that we do, so methinks there will be no mucking about with this lad. Parkhurst and the Isle of Wight denizens probably dont cotton well to “short eyes”..