Gary Glitter barely set foot on U.K. soil before his lawyer was in court urging the British authorities to overturn his conviction for child abuse in Vietnam.
While the 64-year-old former glam-rocker remained in holding at London’s Heathrow Airport August 22, attorney David Corker was trying to convince the magistrates that his client’s conviction in Vietnam was “a gross breach of human rights standards” because it was an unfair trial and a travesty of justice.
But District Judge David Sullivan said the relevant law did not allow Glitter to challenge his conviction and ordered him to register his address at a police station within three days.
Glitter will also be obligated to sign the sexual offenders’ register and be required to tell police if he travels abroad for more than three days.
His attorney confirmed Glitter was given a police escort to an undisclosed location.
He also said Glitter, real name Paul Francis Gadd, would continue to protest his innocence over his convictions for sexually assaulting two girls aged 9 and 11 and is hoping the British legal system will come to his aid.
“Mr Gadd says his trial in Vietnam was a charade and a travesty of justice. He never got a fair trial,” Corker told reporters outside the Uxbridge court.
“Unfortunately, the court did not agree to my submission that the court should hear about the unfairness of his treatment at the hands of the Vietnamese justice system.
“Mr. Gadd wants through me to say to you that he did not commit the offenses of which he was convicted in Vietnam. It was a show trial and he had no opportunity to put his case forward,” Corker said.
The former rock star arrived back in the U.K. after spending a couple of days trying to gain entry to Thailand and Hong Kong.
He’d bounced between the two – which both refused to have him – after being thrown out of Vietnam, where he completed a 27-month sentence.
He was originally expected to fly to London via Bangkok, but refused to get on the connecting flight because he said he was ill.
When he was refused permission to enter Thailand, he decided to try his luck in Hong Kong, where he was turned around and sent back to Bangkok.
As long as he remains in the U.K., he’ll be closely monitored by a multi-agency protection panel and will need to report to police on a regular basis.
In 1999, Glitter was convicted of paedophile offenses in Britain. He served two months in jail after admitting to 54 charges related to possessing 4,000 images of child pornography on his computer.
He’s known for ’70s hits including “Rock and Roll (Parts 1 and 2)”, “Hello, Hello, I’m Back Again,” and “I Love You Love Me Love.”