Gary Glitter Back Behind Bars As Netflix Special Looms

14 March 2023 | 10:33 am | Staff Writer

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Convicted paedophile and disgraced UK pop singer Gary Glitter (real name Paul Gad) has been sent back behind bars after breaching the parole condition of using a smartphone just a month after his early release from prison.

Glitter was sentenced to 16 years in prison in February 2015 after he was found guilty of sexually assaulting three underage girls between the years 1975 to 1980.

As NME reports, Judge Alistair McCreath said he could find “no real evidence” that Glitter had atoned for his crimes which led to the counts of attempted rape, four counts of indecent assault, and one for having sex with a girl under 13.

Glitter was released from prison on parole after eight years last month - serving half his prison sentence.

Last week, it was announced that Netflix had confirmed a three-part documentary series entitled Hunting Gary Glitter. The Netflix special “will feature previously unseen photographs and archive footage to explore Glitter's life story and his conviction for child sex abuse and a series of sexual offences,” Radio Times UK reports.

The Sam Hobkinson-directed and Cammy Millard-produced series will spotlight the survivors of Glitter’s crimes and the journalists who pursued the harrowing stories over the years, eventually helping bring him to justice. Hunting Gary Glitter has been in production for months.

As The Times notes, Amazon Prime and the UK channel ITV are also working on documentaries about Glitter.

Gary Glitter was convicted of possessing child pornography in 1999, serving four months in prison. He left the UK after that prison sentence and relocated to Vietnam, where he was later convicted of further child sexual abuse offences.