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Ex-DJ Ray Teret 'raped girl with Jimmy Savile'

2014-10-07 15:31:10

Ray Teret
Former DJ Ray Teret arriving at Manchester Crown Court

A former radio DJ raped a 15-year-old girl "acting together" with Jimmy Savile, a court has been told.

Ray Teret, 72, from Altrincham, Greater Manchester, was a friend and flatmate of Savile's and worked for him as his chauffeur.

Mr Teret is facing 37 charges of sex abuse dating to the 1960s, including 18 counts of rape, which he denies.

He is on trial with two other men, Willliam Harper and Alan Ledger, who also deny the charges against them.

The two defendants were described in court as "friends and associates" of Mr Teret.

'Spectre of Savile'

The charges against Mr Teret include rape, attempted rape and indecent assault. The alleged victims included 14 young girls and one 17-year-old.

Jurors at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court were told that one of the alleged rapes, said to have been committed between 1963 and 1964, was "perpetrated by Mr Teret and Savile acting together".

But the prosecution warned the jury that "the spectre of Savile" should not cloud their judgment of the three men on trial.

Prosecution lawyer Tim Evans said: "This is not guilt by association and that sort of notion plays no part in this trial."

And he added that what he called "so-called celebrity trials" had no bearing on this case.

'Used celebrity'

He also faces one count of possession of extreme pornography, one count of possession of prohibited images and one count of possession of an indecent image of a child.

Mr Teret worked as a DJ for pirate station Radio Caroline and Piccadilly Radio in Manchester. The prosecution told the court he had enjoyed a "deal of celebrity" in the 1960s and 1970s, especially in the Manchester area.

Mr Evans said: "The Crown's case in a nutshell is that he used the celebrity that he had to abuse young girls in various ways."

Source: bbc.co.uk

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