December 9 2013 Latest news:
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Former BBC Radio Norfolk presenter Michael Souter is alleged to have stored indecent images of boys on his computer but claims he did this to “flush out” those who were trying to “smear” his name.
Souter, 60, of Low Bungay Road, Loddon, is on trial after denying 19 counts of historic child sex abuse.
The charges relate to seven different boys aged between 11 and 16 and are said to have happened between 1979 and 1999.
Andrew Shaw, prosecuting, told the jury at Norwich Crown Court, that Souter now faced a further nine counts of making and possessing indecent images of young children after his computer was seized following his arrest.
However in a document found at Souter’s home, he stated that he thought his computer and emails were being accessed by an outside source which was trying to campaign against him.
He stated: “I have become absolutely convinced that an unknown persons or persons have been accessing my computer, my email and personal chat accounts. I’m now convinced that a number of persons are carrying out a determined campaign to smear my character.”
He claimed he had deliberately placed files on his computer which he claimed were not indecent but may look suspicious to “flush out” those who were out to incriminate him. He added: “I accept this is a risky strategy I am doing all I can to bring this stressful matter to a head.“
The jury also heard police interviews with Souter in which he denied all allegations but admitted he was “a little bit bisexual“ and had engaged in gay encounters but never a gay relationship.
He also admitted that he engaged on spanking sessions with older men but that he was the submissive partner.
Souter claimed the complainants had all “colluded” against him.
The trial continues.