Gary Glitter should be left to die in jail claims ex-Scotland Yard detective - 'Let him see it out!'

Gary Glitter should be left to die in jail claims ex-Scotland Yard detective - 'Let him see it out!'

Paul Settle says Gary Glitter should be left to die behind bars

GB News
Ben Chapman

By Ben Chapman


Published: 14/03/2023

- 17:33

The disgraced rock star - real name Paul Gadd - has been recalled to prison following a breach of his licence conditions

Gary Glitter should die behind bars, according to a former Scotland Yard Detective Chief Inspector.

The disgraced rock star - real name Paul Gadd - has been recalled to prison following a breach of his licence conditions.


While details of the breach were not given, it was reported he was caught attempting to access the dark web.

Speaking to GB News, Paul Settle said Glitter has shown little sign of rehabilitation following his release in February, which occurred halfway through his 16-year prison sentence for sexually abusing three schoolgirls.

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Asked whether the 78-year-old should be left to die behind bars, he said: “Absolutely. Let him see it out.

“The other thing we’ve got to bear in mind is that he is going to be released in eight years, if he’s still with us there’s nothing we can do about that.

“And that's if they don't have a second opinion and let him out because some do-gooder thinks that he's been rehabilitated.”

Glitter’s offences came to light nearly 40 years after they occurred when he became the first person to be arrested under Operation Yewtree - the investigation launched by the Metropolitan Police in the wake of the Jimmy Savile scandal.

The pop star felt protected by his celebrity status and was at the peak of his fame when he preyed on his victims.

He attacked two girls, aged 12 and 13, after inviting them backstage to his dressing room and isolating them from their mothers.

His third victim was less than 10 years old when he crept into her bed and tried to rape her in 1975.Glitter was jailed for four months in 1999, years before Operation Yewtree, after he admitted possessing 4,000 child pornography images.

Speaking to Patrick Christys, Settle added Glitter’s release from jail in February shows the deficiencies of the UK’s prison system.

He said: “He has committed multiple offences that carry a life sentence. whilst he's been doing that he's not shown any remorse, he’s not pled guilty, and he’s still denying that he's a paedophile.

“He's clearly a danger to the public, and those that are saying, ‘oh, the system works’ - well it doesn’t, because it took a media exposure for it to be brought to the attention of those people that manage offenders.

“There's multiple cases where repeat offenders have been let out early, and they've gone on to cause real serious harm to innocent people and this is yet another example that wouldn't have been exposed had it not been for the media.”

Paul Settle speaks on GB News about Gary Glitter

Paul Settle says Gary Glitter should be left to die behind bars

GB News

“The simple fact of the matter is that there are certain types of people that they find attractive and that will never ever be acceptable to us.

“What this has shown is that the system is just not fit for purpose."

Speaking on Glitter's readmission, a Probation Service spokesperson said: “Protecting the public is our number one priority. That’s why we set tough licence conditions and when offenders breach them, we don’t hesitate to return them to custody.”

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