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Anger after Gary Glitter is given £20k legal aid for child sex case

16th May 2015

Gary Glitter has received over £20,000 in legal aid to fight child sex charges, despite earning £300,000 a year in royalties and renting a £2 million house before the trial.

Glitter, whose real name is Paul Gadd, was convicted of a string of offences earlier this year, including indecent assault, attempted rape and sex with a girl under 13. However, it has been revealed that despite his wealth, Glitter received over £21,000 of taxpayers’ money for his legal battle.

The news of Glitter’s financial support has angered victims groups and pressure groups alike.

The chief executive of The Survivors Trust, Fay Maxted, described it as “bizarre” that Glitter, now 71, was “given public money while on his income.” She continued to say that “Human rights always seems to be weighted on the side of the offender” and that she wanted to see victims being given “the same consideration and support – especially in terms of compensation” as the offenders, as The Survivors Trust supports victims of sexual abuse.

Jonathan Isaby, the chief executive of the Taxpayers’ Alliance, said that although the individual circumstances of the case are unknown, “the principle that those who can afford to pay for their own defence should do so is a right one” as “if we spend legal aid money on those who could afford to represent themselves that may mean those that really need the help to defend themselves don’t get it.”

Although Glitter paid for the bulk of his legal costs, as a result of his guilty verdict, government officials are now likely to seek a full repayment.

The Legal Aid Agency have said that defendants “can be made to pay a substantial monthly contribution towards their legal costs,” and that although “Anyone facing a Crown Court trial is eligible for legal aid,” if found guilty, all necessary steps are taken to “recover the full costs of their defence.”