December 7 2013 Latest news:
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Former BBC Radio Norfolk presenter Michael Souter is alleged to have openly engaged in a sex act with a teenage boy while on a caravan holiday in Norfolk.
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 to 1999.
Giving evidence at Norwich Crown Court today, a witness told the jury how he was about 14 when he went on a trip with his teenage friend and Souter on a caravan holiday, in Norfolk.
He said as they were packing up to go home he was shocked to see his friend and Souter engaging in a sex act.
“It was the only time I ever saw anything of that magnitude.”
He asked his friend what he was doing and said: ”I felt awkward.”
He felt too embarrassed to say anything but said Souter later told him not to tell anyone what he had seen.
He also said that Souter had taken photos of him in a “provocative” pose wearing a Norwich City Football strip.
He also got him to pose in a Venture Scout uniform.
He said he never spoke about matters until he was approached by police investigating Souter.
Cross examined by defence barrister Andrew Hill, he denied making up the allegation, and said: “I have no reason to make it up.”
Another boy told how he had been sexually abused by Souter as a teenager and had taken bromide from school to try to curb Souter’s sexual desires.
Giving evidence, he told the jury how he heard it had been given to soldiers during the war and was going to put it in Souter’s tea.
He told the jury he never got to use the bromide. “I was not sure whether I wanted to do it. It took a lot of nerve to give someone something like that.”
He also told how Souter kept a chest in his bedroom which contained porn magazines featuring young boys and videos.
There was also a scout uniform, a 1950s-style schoolboy outfit and rubber shorts which were all in Souter’s size.
He claimed Souter also used to like to record dirty phone calls
The trial continues.