Pop paedo Gary Glitter could be free in months to the despair of girl he attacked

POP paedophile Gary Glitter is edging closer to freedom — to the despair of one of the youngest girls he attacked.

The disgraced star, 77, was jailed for 16 years in 2015 for rapes and sex attacks on girls.

He was expected to die in jail but instead has got the green light to move to a cushy open prison. Governors have ruled he is a “low risk of harm to the public”.

Glitter, real name Paul Gadd, may be moved out of grim HMP The Verne in Portland, Dorset, in weeks.

He could then go on day release and work in the community. A full release could follow by next year.

Last night, a girl molested by him in Vietnam when she was just ten said he should never be freed.

Now 26, and known only as Diem to protect her identity, she said: “He will always be a terrible danger to young girls. It’s terrifying to think he might soon be free, even though he is on the other side of the world from me.”

Diem now works as a hairdresser in the Mekong Delta. But she said: “I still have nightmares about what he did to me and I’ve never been able to have a boyfriend because of what happened.


“I am too frightened to get close to anyone.”

Glitter was formally told by governors at The Verne that he had been earmarked for his move last week.

The Sun understands the only block could come from Justice Secretary Robert Buckland.

Last night, a source said: “When Glitter got locked away he was 70. It was said at the time he’d die in prison. Now he’s grinning from ear to ear.”

His paedophilia first came to light in 1997 when he was caught with 4,000 images of child sexual abuse.

He fled to Cambodia but was later ordered to leave amid child abuse suspicions.

Glitter was then locked up for three years in Vietnam for sex crimes against two girls aged ten and 11.

In 2015, he was convicted in London of indecently assaulting a girl, 12, after a gig in 1977.

He also attempted to rape a girl of eight in 1975, and indecently assaulted a 13-year-old.

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