As reported by Dorset Eye in 2021, Gary Glitter will almost certainly die in prison.

The Parole Board has denied the release of disgraced singer Gary Glitter, stating that they are not satisfied that it would be safe for the protection of the public. Glitter, 79, was sent back to prison less than six weeks after being released halfway through his 16-year sentence in February last year. This recall was due to the alleged breach of his licence conditions involving the viewing of downloaded images of children.

A closed-door parole hearing was conducted two weeks ago, as a request for a public hearing was declined, citing difficulties in contacting all of Glitter’s victims. The Parole Board panel reached the decision based on concerns about public safety, stating that releasing him at this point would not be deemed safe.

Gary Glitter, whose real name is Paul Gadd, was initially imprisoned in 2015 for sexually abusing three schoolgirls between 1975 and 1980. The charges included attacks on two girls, aged 12 and 13, whom he isolated from their mothers in his dressing room. In 1975, he attempted to rape a girl under 10, leading to his arrest under Operation Yewtree, launched in the aftermath of the Jimmy Savile scandal.

After serving half of his 16-year sentence, Glitter was automatically released from HMP The Verne, a low-security prison in Dorset, last year. The parole review panel found justification for his recall, citing evidence of his sexual interest in underage girls during the offending period and while on licence. Despite his generally good behaviour in prison, the panel expressed concern about his lack of victim empathy and refusal to participate in programs addressing his offending.

Richard Scorer, a lawyer representing one of Glitter’s victims, applauded the Parole Board’s decision, asserting that Glitter remains a risk to children and has shown no remorse. Glitter’s troubled history includes being jailed in the late 1990s for possessing child abuse images, expulsion from Cambodia in 2002 amid sex crime allegations, and a 2006 conviction in Vietnam for sexually abusing two girls, aged 10 and 11, resulting in a two-and-a-half-year jail term.

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