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Wednesday, November 17, 1999 Published at 14:29 GMT


Glitter drops sentence appeal

Glitter: Acquitted of sexual assault but jailed for child porn

Pop star Gary Glitter will not appeal against his four-month jail sentence for downloading child pornography from the internet, his lawyers have announced.

Glitter, under his real name Paul Gadd, was jailed only hours after being acquitted of eight charges of sexual assault against a teenage fan.

[ image: Glitter became known for his trademark costumes]
Glitter became known for his trademark costumes
The 55-year-old star, who will be placed on the sex offenders register, had originally said he would appeal.

But Henri Brandman, of London solicitors Henri Brandman & Co, said in a statement: "Gary is very repentant. He accepts his punishment."

He had pleaded guilty to downloading 4,000 images of children being abused. The judge, Mr Justice Butterfield, described them as "filthy and revolting" and of the "worst possible type".

The charges came after a member of staff spotted the material on Glitter's computer, in for repair at PC World in Bristol.

The prosecution said they showed "very young children, some appeared as young as two, in the main ranging from three, four, five and six up to possibly about nine or 10".

The trial outraged child care campaigners, who said the sentence was too short.


Meanwhile, the Crown Prosecution Service has asked the police to investigate any deals between the media and witnesses in the assault case.

The News of the World paid the main witness £10,000 for her original story, with a promise of £25,000 for another story after a conviction. The payment, revealed in court, was condemned as "reprehensible" by the judge and is subject to an inquiry by Lord Wakeham, head of the Press Complaints Commission.

The investigation will establish whether the law has been broken. The CPS are providing a senior lawyer to help Avon and Somerset police in their investigation.

David Archer, chief prosecutor for Avon and Somerset, said: "I have asked Avon and Somerset Constabulary to carry out an investigation of the precise circumstances of any agreements or contracts between media organisations and actual or potential witnesses in the case of Paul Gadd."

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