December 10 2013 Latest news:
Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Former BBC Radio Norfolk presenter Mike Souter who is accused of serious sexual abuse against boys spanning almost two decades said he was “flabbergasted” and “astounded” to have learnt of some of the allegations, a court has heard.
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 in the witness box for the first time yesterday at the start of his defence Souter told Andrew Hill, defending, he had been in touch with one of the alleged victims until about three years ago, describing him as a “close friend”.
Souter told the court he was “flabbergasted” and “astounded” to learn that an allegation had been made against him by the man who had invited him to his wedding.
Souter admitted that another alleged victim had on two or three occasions “in his late teens after he went to college for reasons I can’t precisely explain” ended up performing a sex act on him.
He said it happened when the complainant, who he had spoken to on the phone three or four years ago, was 17 or 18.
Mr Hill asked him if there was any sexual contact with him up until the complainant was 16.
Souter replied: “No, not at all” adding there had only been a “fatherly hug” when he was in distress.
Mr Hill asked Souter to explain how if he was as he had told the jury was heterosexual these incidents happened.
Souter said he had a “slight bit of bisexuality” about him.
The defendant was also asked to explain why he liked to take part in “regression” during childhood.
He said that he would dress up as a school boy before seeing a “headmaster or house master” to be disciplined during periods when he was “under extreme stress” as a way of “escaping”.
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.