December 13 2013 Latest news:
Monday, October 14, 2013
Former BBC Radio Norfolk presenter Michael Souter was described to a Norwich Crown Court jury as a “sexual deviant” obsessed with boys in shorts, who was a serial child sex abuser of the most serious kind.
Souter, 60, of Low Bungay Road, Loddon, is on trial after denying 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.
He also denies nine counts of making and possessing indecent images of children.
In his closing speech, Andrew Shaw prosecuting, said: “Five weeks ago I described Michael Souter as a sexual deviant, who is obsessed with boys in shorts.”
He said having heard the evidence during the trial, he said it would have become clear to the jury why he described him that way.
He said that Souter took it on himself to say he would clearly show that he was innocent, but claimed his defence had fallen “well short” of that.
Mr Shaw said no one would suggest that Souter would abuse every boy he came into contact with, but said: “Over a long period of time he is a man, who when the opportunity presented itself and the right boy, was a serial child sex abuser of the most serious kind.”
He said the jury were not there to judge Souter’s morals and his sexual preferences but described him as a “wolf in sheep’s clothing” and likened him to characters in the film “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”: “He had all the allure of a toy maker and all the menace of a child catcher.”
He said there were fantasy stories of sex abuse on young boys found on Souter’s computer, which he claimed showed Souter to be a “dominant predator trying to lure boys into his world.”
In his closing speech, Andrew Hill defending, told the jury that the prosecuting barrister Andrew Shaw had been a “fantastic storyteller” and had carefully cross examined Souter and focused on his character and sexuality. He said he had attacked his lifestyle and predilections:
“My client was publicly humiliated in this court by questions asked of him .”
He said that Souter had not always been the best witness and said: ”It was if he had entered an arena.”
He said Souter at times was argumentative and felt he was being forced to say things and fearing trick questions.
Mr Hill said some of the questions contained so much innuendo it was like an episode of the old TV series “Up Pompeii”
He urged the jury: ”Do not simply write off this defendant.”
He said there was some collusion between a number of the alleged victims and their delay in coming forward was “significant.”
“It is easy to make accusations.”
He said some of the allegations were “absolute rubbish” and urged the jury not to be persuaded by easy catchphrases.
The judge is due to start summing up on Tuesday.