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Paedophile pop star Gary Glitter gets 16 years' jail for child sex offences

Former British pop singer Gary Glitter, who shot to fame in the 1970s as a “glam-rock” star was sentenced to 16 years in prison after being found guilty of having sex with a girl under 13 years old.

He had also been convicted of attempted rape and indecently assaulting three girls.

Glitter, 70, whose real name is Paul Gadd, rose to prominence with the hit song “Rock and Roll”.

He became renowned for his figure-hugging shiny silver jump suits and platform shoes.

Gary Glitter was one of Britain's biggest stars in the 1970s and 1980s. PHOTO: YouTube screengrab

British newspaper Mirror reported that he shook his head after the verdicts were read out on Friday (Feb 27), before being taken away.

The singer was arrested in October 2012 under Operation Yewtree, the national investigation that British police launched in the week of a child abuse scandal surrounding the late BBC entertainer Jimmy Savile.

Glitter fell into disgrace after being convicted on child abuse charges in Vietnam.

Sources: AFP, Mirror, Star Online, YouTube

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