December 6 2013 Latest news:
Thursday, October 17, 2013
The jury in the trial of a former BBC Radio Norfolk presenter accused of a string of serious sexual offences against a number of boys spanning almost two decades has been sent out to consider its verdict.
Michael Souter, 60, of Low Bungay Road, Loddon, has denied 19 counts of historic child sex abuse relating to seven different boys aged between 11 and 16, which are said to have happened between 1979 and 1999.
Norwich Crown Court has also heard that Souter denies a further nine counts of making and possessing indecent images of children.
Judge Mark Lucraft this morning finished summing up the facts of the case which has lasted more than five weeks.
He reminded the jury they must reach, if they can, a unanimous verdict on which they are all agreed.
Judge Lucraft said they might have heard of majority verdicts but the time for that had not come and if such a time did arrive he would direct them first.
The jury was sent out just before 11.20am.
The trial continues.