Gary Glitter Ordered to Pay Victim £508,000 in Damages

Convicted sex offender Gary Glitter has been ordered to pay at least £508,000 to a victim he abused when she was 12 years old. The High Court judge ruled that Glitter, whose real name is Paul Gadd, subjected the claimant "to sexual abuse of the most serious kind."

The woman brought her claim after Glitter was convicted in 2015 of abusing her and two other young people between 1975 and 1980. Glitter was jailed for 16 years and released in February last year after serving half his sentence. However, he was returned to prison six weeks later for breaching his licence conditions, which included measures to prevent him from accessing images of child abuse.

In a 13-page ruling, High Court judge Mrs. Justice Tipples said the woman was entitled to damages of £508,800, with a further decision pending on adding interest to that sum. Gadd may also be liable for his victim’s legal costs.

“There is no doubt that the claimant was subject to sexual abuse of the most serious kind by the defendant when she was only 12 years old, and that has had a very significant adverse impact on the rest of her life,” Judge Tipples said.

The sum Glitter must pay includes £381,000 in lost earnings and £7,800 for future therapy and treatment. The court heard that as a result of Glitter’s abuse, the woman who brought the claim has been unable to work for decades, with her experiences having a “dramatic and terrible impact” on her education, work, and personal relationships.

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