11 Sep, 2013 @ 14:28
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Souter gave child beer before abusing him jury told


MICHAEL Souter has been accused of plying a former BBC worker with alcohol before molesting him.

The alleged victim told Norwich Crown Court he began doing odd jobs at Souter´s home after landing a causal job at the BBC’s Norwich base as a teen.

He said: “I sometimes did odd jobs for Mike like cleaning his car at his house. On one occasion he offered me and a friend a beer and we accepted – it was the first time I had drank alcohol.

“I felt dizzy and the room was spinning, he took me upstairs to lie down.

“When I woke up I was in a bit of a shock. My trousers were down and Mike had his hand on me.

“He said ‘calm down, it’s alright, don’t worry.”

The man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, left his job shortly after and never returned to Souter’s house.

He told jurors he didn’t tell anyone about the abuse because he did not want to be labelled as gay, and he did not speak about it until he was approached by police in 2011.

Souter has worked for a number of radio stations including BBC Norwich and Radio Clyde in Scotland, and now lives in La Cala de Mijas.

He denies 19 sex offences including indecent assault, indecency with a child and serious sexual offences against seven boys aged between 11 and 16.

The trial is expected to last six weeks.

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