Disgraced glam rocker Gary Glitter has had an appeal against his conviction for a string of child sex offences rejected. Glitter, real name Paul Gadd, was found guilty of one count of attempted rape, four of indecent assault, and one of sexual intercourse with a girl under the age of 13 following a trial in February.
Described as a "devious and manipulative" paedophile" by police, Glitter was sentenced to 16 years in prison. He had previously been convicted of possessing 4,000 images of child porn in 1999 and sexually abusing two young Vietnamese girls in 2006.
After denying the allegations against him, Glitter launched an appeal to have his child abuse convictions overturned in May.
The 71-year-old was the first person to be arrested under Operation Yewtree, the Met Police investigation into historical sexual offence allegations set up in the wake of the Jimmy Savile scandal.
Upon sentencing at the Old Bailey, Judge Alistair McCreath told Glitter: "I have read the victim impact statements of all three victims. It is clear, in their different ways, they were all profoundly affected by your abuse of them. You did all of them real and lasting damage and you did so for no other reason than to obtain sexual gratification for yourself of a wholly improper kind."