December 8 2013 Latest news:
Monday, September 30, 2013
A former BBC radio Norfolk presenter accused of serious sexual abuse against a number of boys over a period spanning two decades has appeared in the witness box for the first time today.
Michael Souter, 60, of Low Bungay Road, Loddon, is on trial after denying 19 counts of historic sex abuse which relate to seven different boys aged between 11 and 16 and are said to have happened between 1979 and 1999.
Giving evidence this afternoon, Souter, dressed in a dark blazer, grey trousers and blue tie, told the court he was born and educated Scotland.
One of four boys Souter, whose late father was a solicitor, joined the Royal Navy after leaving school initially with the intention of being a barrister.
The court heard that Souter, who was “very nearly sent to the Falklands” with the navy, joined Radio Norfolk in 1980 after three years with Radio Clyde in Scotland.
Souter said when he joined he was “Radio Norfolk’s John Noakes”.
He said: “I was the action man”.
Andrew Hill, defending, asked his client if he was able to use his position in local radio to “open doors”.
Souter said: “Absolutely”, stating that he utilised it to the “nth degree”.
He said: “I was in a very lucky and privileged position and like I’ve done throughout my life I shared it with whoever I could share it with.”
The jury have also been told Souter also faces a further nine counts of making and possessing indecent images of young children after his computer was seized following his arrest. He denies all nine counts.
The trial continues.