December 9 2013 Latest news:
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
A former BBC presenter accused of sexual abuse against young boys introduced one of his alleged victims to celebrities, a court has heard.
Michael Souter, 60, of Low Bungay Road, Loddon, is on trial at Norwich Crown Court after denying 19 counts of historic child sex abuse.
The charges, which relate to seven different boys aged between 11 and 16, are said to have happened between 1979 and 1999.
Giving evidence this morning was one alleged victim who it is said was abused over a five year period between 1988 and 1993.
The complainant was 11 or 12 when he first became involved with Souter.
The alleged victim, who lived in Norwich, who cannot be named for legal reasons, did not know his dad and said he had “never had a father figure” and was “head of the family” aged just 11.
Souter would take the boy on trips, including to a burger restaurant, Norwich City games and to Pleasurewood Hills.
The jury were told how the abuse which started at Souter’s home on overnight stays started when he was just 11.
It progressed to more serious sexual abuse with the offending continuing, both at Souter’s home and on trips both in this country and abroad, for the next five years.
The complainant said that on a trip to Spain, aged 16, he punched Souter in the arm after he started touching him.
Mr Shaw said: “By the time you were 15 or 16 you had had enough?”
The complainant said : “Yes”.
Andy Hill, defending, in cross examination, asked the complainant why he did not tell his mother what was happening.
The complainant said he knew it was wrong but did not tell his mother because he didn’t think his mother needed “any more grief or aggro in her life”.
He said he was “ashamed” and “just wanted it all to go away” and “lied to my mum and lied to myself to some degree”.
The trial continues.