December 7 2013 Latest news:
Tuesday, October 1, 2013
A former BBC radio Norfolk presenter accused of serious sexual abuse against young boys spanning almost two decades said he has always been anxious “for many years” that someone has been trying to “do him down”.
Michael 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.
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 court has heard Souter has hundreds of images on his computers, including boys in shorts and uniform, which he said depicts “daily life” from a places around the world as part of his travel writing.
Souter was asked by Andrew Hill, defending, about emails, with picture attachments, that appeared on his computer from various email addresses in the past few years.
He said: “I’ve been anxious for many years that my computer has been compromised and I’m in no doubt whatsoever that someone has been putting these images on my computer in an attempt to do me down.”
Souter said if he was in the habit of storing “these sort of images” on his computer there would be hundreds in the same way as there are hundreds of images of shorts and uniforms.
He said: “These have appeared between 2010 and 2012 which is after the investigation started but before I was arrested.”
Souter said they have continued to appear on his computer in various places which is not in keeping with the way he would do so as he was a “meticulous person”.
He added: “If I was going to store things like that they would be kept together, not scattered the way they’ve been found which is why it’s peculiar.”
Souter said having been arrested in connection with serious offences he was “certainly not” going to download images that are further going compromise him.
The trial continues.